#VineWatch13: Week 16! You’ve Just Arrived At Cluster Station!

Everything is beautiful at Lytton Springs. Everything is coming up Lytton. The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah …

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Do you always feel like, somebody’s watching you?

Well, don’t look now, but somebody is …

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Ah, nothing says Spring like “Still Life with Hawk on Raptor Roost” …

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And at Monte Bello? Ladies and Gentleman, your train has just arrived at Cluster Station! Cluster Station, at Grand Growth, that is …

Meaning, of course, that the next big moment along the path towards harvest is soon to arrive; we’ve passed Bud Break, and we’re now pulling towards Flowering!

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Can’t see it? Look closer!

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Those little clusters are soon to go bloom — meaning: pollination and fertilization — and when that is complete, then along comes seed baby in the grape berry carriage!

Meaning, of course, that Fruit Set Station is close up down the tracks!

To properly mark today’s stage, consider this the strictly vegetative Grand Growth period (“vegetative” meaning expansion of leaf tissue and shoot growth are still getting the lion’s share of the carbs), which is essentially the bookend oppositve veraison; the point at which the transition towards full focus on the fruit will have been completed.

(many, many thanks to viticulturist Will Thomas for his endless patience with me as regards all things vineyardesque!)

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And by the way, do you always feel like, somebody’s watching you?

Well, somebody is …

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Ah, nothing says Spring like “Still Life with Morning Moon over Monte Bello” …

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Please stay tuned as we follow our lovely vines through the 2013 vintage!

We’re sixteen weeks in to-date, and for a quick look back, please enjoy the links below:

Week 15

Week 14

Week 13

Week 12

Week 11

Week 10

Week 9

Week 8

Week 7

Week 6

Week 5

Week 4

Week 3

Week 2-Lytton Springs / Week 2-Monte Bello

Week 1

(if you’re following #RidgeVineyards on Twitter, you can also track VineWatch 2013 by specifically filtering for the following hashtag: #VineWatch13)



Categories: Cabernet Sauvignon, History, Lytton Springs, Monte Bello, Varietals & Blends, Vineyards and Oenology, Zinfandel

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