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2007 Harvest, a season of contrast by John Killebrew, Winemaker

Wine_Crop_1.jpgThey say that California is the “land of contrast”, and this year, at this winery, was no exception.  We had lots of new equipment, new personnel, and new vineyards to get to know, but were fortunate to see that after emerging from the haze of harvest we can look back and see the same quality wines that we expect from Havens Wine Cellars.

After an early bud break and a mild spring and summer the late August heat put our Albarino harvest date at a relatively early September 1st (a Saturday, of course).  Some merlot and cab started coming in soon after, and by the 19th we’d crushed over 150 tons!  Last year, “in contrast”, the tally was closer to 20 tons at the same date.  But just as we had visions of a fast and furious season the weather put the brakes on all vine activity, and we brought in nothing for five days.  We utilized this break to actually prepare for the crush that had already started, by plumbing and wiring our newly installed tanks, writing home to mom, and darning socks.

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