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August 12, 2006

Tying Petit Verdot

The petit verdot were getting a little crazy, so I had to take a few hours and tie them up to the cordon wire, establishing the main cordons for next year. And since we've already got a season of pruning under our belts, I was able to plan ahead a bit and make sure I put a tie at the 18" mark which is where we'll be cutting them off next March. Even chimps can be taught...

Did some leaf-pulling on the viognier to keep the fruit nice and dry and in some sun. The viognier is really tasting good now, I think I ate about 40 grapes while working! And the cab franc is really starting to develop it's color, even though it still has a LOT of bell pepper vegetative taste to it - long way to go before these are ripe.

Cabernet Franc

Delivered some more tasty Nova fungicide to the fruit, to finish off the black rot and prevent powdery and downy mildew. I saw two vines with some powdery mildew on the fruit, so I'm not taking any chances.

Posted by Stephen at August 12, 2006 9:15 PM