Most on Spring Mountain waited out the heat spell and are just now starting to harvest their reds. Frank Schaeffer at York Creek Vineyards says, ‘The fruit looks great.’ Matt Sherwin says, ‘The fruit is maturing nicely.’ Matt will also wait another week or so before starting his reds. Frank and Wes Steffens of Vineyard 7&8 will start later this week, Andy Schweiger of Schweiger Vineyards is starting his Merlot on Tuesday and will move into his Cabernet Sauvignon by week’s end.
David Tate at Barnett Vineyards will start harvesting Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc on Tuesday. Matt Gardner at Keenan started picking his Cabernet Franc on Monday and will finish his harvest with the last of his Cabernet Sauvignon by week’s end.
Similar to Keenan. Smith-Madrone is picking Cabernet Franc and finishing their harvest on Wednesday with their Cabernet Sauvignon. However, Lisa Togni of Philip Togni Vineyard has the honor of being the first winery on Spring Mountain to finish their harvest late last week.”
Written by Stuart Smith, Smith-Madrone Winery, published in Napa Valley Register