Fall Harvest in the Organic Vineyard
We just finished the harvest here at 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards. Above is a picture of a beautiful Syrah grape cluster. These grapes will reappear in a couple of years as 2009 Estate Grown Syrah. This should be a very interesting wine.
Right off the bat, we will have more of our Estate Syrah with this vintage. The first block of Syrah grapes, is now 5 years old and almost in full production. The second block of Syrah in 4th leaf, or 4 years old; near full production.
Next the blocks of grapes are different clones of the same grape variety. Block one came from the well respected Joseph Phelps Vineyards mother plant, while block two came from the Tablas Creek Vineyards mother plant.
Each clone shows significant differences in cluster size, shape and yield per vines and even flavor profile. We plan to vinify the grapes separately and blend the resulting wine at as it reaches maturity. I'm really looking forward to tasting the 2009 Estate grown Syrah.