The 2012 vintage is off to a great start. Budbreak is just one to two weeks behind for growers and we are excited. After a whirlwind South America tour for our vacation while the vines are dormant we are rested and revved for what the 2012 vintage holds for us and everyone in the Napa Valley.
Cabernet Franc was the first to push out and it now has about an inch of growth. The Malbec followed , then the Merlot and the Cabernet Sauvignon is on its way and will catch up soon with the hot weather headed our way for the weekend and the rest of April.
The frost was tricky a couple of weekends ago, with the warm weather and then the sudden cold snap, farmers were racing up and down the valley to protect the new green tissue that frost loves to burn. I heard that in Carneros the temperature dipped to 30 degrees.
Love the new frost technology where you will get an alarm to wake you up if temperatures start dipping below 38 degrees. What did farmers do before that, they probably had their weather knee act up.
All the vineyards have been pruned, mowed, the wires tightened, all the projects that make it have a good strong start have been completed. Now the spray regimens will begin , we are starting out with a Stylet oil application.
Cheers to 2012!