As followers of this year’s special VineWatch series now know, Lytton Springs has joined our program, so to accommodate their schedule, we’ll now be posting our dual-property VineWatch updates together on Mondays.
And with that said, may I present #VineWatch13: Week 3!
First, Monte Bello. I took this photo last night, just as the sun was about to drop below the horizon …
Such a lovely, beautiful, striking being; such an amazing, gravitas-laden, dignified and present entity; so alive, so real, so zen …
once again I lean
against this post.
As to Lytton Springs, this shot was taken bright and early this morning …
Ah, what an amazing life you are!
My spring is just this:
a single bamboo shoot,
a willow branch.
That said, anybody notice anything different about our beautiful Lytton vine?
Compare against last week’s shot:
Can you see the difference? Yes! It’s been pruned!
We’ll talk more about pruning in the coming days (for some antecedental detail on this amazing — and amazingly impactful — process, please click here and here), but suffice it to say there are few endeavors more important to the long-term health, development, and success of a vine than pruning; it is something so specialized, and requires such great and intimate knowledge, that only the most experienced, most mojo-laden, most connected, vibrating, and in-touch individuals can do it; shamans of the vine, they are, and they’ve done beautiful work with our precious ol’ gnarly Lytton baby …
As to our vine here at Monte Bello, pruning day is just around the corner; who knows, by the time of next week’s photo, we may be looking at an altogether different look!
And until then, all the best to everyone, from #VineWatch13!
Please stay tuned as we follow our lovely vines through the 2013 vintage!
We’re only three weeks in so far, but for a quick look back, please enjoy the links below:
Week 2-Lytton Springs
Week 2-Monte Bello
(if you’re following #RidgeVineyards on Twitter, you can also track VineWatch 2013 by specifically filtering for the following hashtag: #VineWatch13)