(Another) Year in the Vineyard, Week #3 with Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe

(Another) Year in the Vineyard, Week #3 3/25/10 to 4/1/10 Nature Makes Fools of Us All A Tough Week at the Clos as Nature Shows Her Chilly Hand (Don’t Forget All Photos Can Be Moused Over for More Info!)   (As lovely as it would be, there are no ‘April Fools’ jokes in this week’s installment.) Amid exciting news and a great day in the winery, we suffered a tough morning on the Clos on Monday morning, the 29th of March.  Temperatures were forecast in the low 40’s, but a rare convergence of climatic factors combined to produce a fairly devastating frost.  Daytime temperatures at the Clos reached 82 degrees at 2 pm here at Clos Pepe—shorts weather so beautiful that we enjoyed a lovely afternoon basking in the warmth of the Santa Ynez Valley—visiting Chanda’s horse, having a nibble in Los Olivos, feeling momentarily safe from the chilly presence of Spring frosts. The frost alarm rang at 3:00 am, and I went out into the vineyard and fired up all available protections.  I felt a bit odd, though, and