(Another) Year in the Vineyard, Week #28 with Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe

(Another) Year in the Vineyard With Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe Vineyard Week #28:  September 17-23, 2010 The Heat Arrives, Harvest Begins with Old Friends, New Friends Well it was bound to happen.  September is traditionally the warmest month in the Santa Rita Hills, so by virtue of the averages we had to get a few days of Indian Summer to heat up the vineyard, get sugars moving, and get winemakers talking about harvest.  Tomorrow morning, very early, we will have a full crew here to start picking pinot noir for Joe Davis of Arcadian wines.  My plan is to write as much of this blog as I can today, but then hold it for publication until tomorrow, Friday, so I can take some HD video of the pick, ask Joe Davis some questions, and teach the blog faithful the rules of picking pinot noir at Clos Pepe.   The weather is expected to be warm today, and then hot from Friday through Tuesday.  I expect to do some more field tests on Saturday to see how much the fruit has