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The Order of Things

September 1, 2009

Julie Nord, who along with her dad Will Nord, husband Don Clark and brother in law John Kanagy make up Nord Vineyard Management oversee more than 1,000 acres in the Napa Valley, and tend to 100 acres of family vines in Yountville. Julie kindly shared a few harvest observations this afternoon, after spending most of this morning in the vineyards. Their pick for sparkling Chardonnay came in yesterday at around 20 brix, and acids were holding very well.

More good news that none of the vines seemed troubled by Saturday’s unexpected heat spike (106F), likely due to some humidity in the air. Julie tells me that it really looks like a gorgeous year for growers, but that she’s keeping an eye on the hurricanes to the south. So far we’ve not seen any rain, which is always a good thing this time of year.

Continuing in the vein of previous observers, the Nords report that this year they are taking bets on which varietal will come in after the Chardonnay — usually it’s always Merlot, which blooms earlier than the others, however this yearit’s a crap shoot, with Petit Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the running. Only Petit Verdot is holding it’s traditional place in the line up – some things never change.

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