Every year is another adventure growing Oregon Pinot Noir. This year has been no exception. A late, cool spring and summer have left the vines about 3 weeks behind their normal cycle. If things continue, we won’t have ripe fruit until November, if it were to ripen at all. However, little waves of heat like the one this weekend will move the vines up as much as a week.
However, it is way too early to be crying wolf. Just because the weather is not ideal and we may have challenges at harvest, it does not mean that it is a bad vintage and should be written off like the 2007 was. As is now being discovered, the 2007 vintage has some marvelous wines, including ours I dare say. And many that were not so appealing at release have found themselves and are very nice wines today.