Estate Fruit Harvested for the First Time!

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We harvested our estate Zinfandel vineyard for the first time a few days ago.  Unfortunately, the yield was a bit small this year.  As you can see above, these second leaf vines gave us only one beautifully ripe second crop cluster. I ended up tossing the grapes in with one of our Grenache fermentations as eighteen berries do not add up to much wine.

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We dropped a large amount of unripe fruit so the vines could concentrate their energies on maturing the overall plant.

Looking forward to next year and am expecting around a half ton of grapes from our home vineyard.