Bud Break, 2013

April 18, 2013 § 1 Comment

Estate Vineyard #1 Chardonnay bud

Estate Vineyard #1 Chardonnay bud

Over the last two days (April 17th and 18th) we’ve seen bud break in all three vineyards, primarily the Chardonnays, Cab Francs, Traminette, and just a tad in the Viognier blocks. The next few days are looking warm and sunny, and most likely we’ll see the majority of the buds pop open, discounting the late breakers like Cab Sauv and Petit Verdot.

Overall we’re late in 2013. Winter was cold and long, and Spring has come late for all plants in our area – from the early-to-awaken daffodils and forsythia to the apple trees and rose bushes. This lateness is welcome, especially considering the frost damage in Loudoun County over the past three years. For perspective, this same Chardonnay saw budbreak on April 8th last year, a full ten days earlier. This is also potentially promising for mid-season ripeners like Viognier and Cabernet Franc, as it may push their ripening season into a period in late September when we see cooler days and night. But, who knows – it’s early. The season is just starting.

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