Stu Smith of Smith-Madrone Winery reports on harvest in the Spring Mountain District the week of September 1:
It’s not been all quiet on the Mountain. Stony Hill has finished with their Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer. School House also finished their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and Smith-Madrone is waiting until they can finish their Chardonnay. Cain Cellars has picked a small block each of Merlot and Malbec. Keenan, Schweiger and Spring Mountain Vineyard are looking to start later this week or very early next week. Grape quality is looking excellent; however, crop levels are all over the board and range from half of last year to larger than normal. We’ve all got our fingers crossed the air will clear and the smoke will not be an issue.