2014 Harvest

By |2018-04-03T14:01:12+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

2014 handed us a pressure-cooker of a harvest, the most condensed in memory. We started August 30 and went non-stop through September 24, except for three Sundays out of four - we were done in 3½ weeks! The yields were excellent, as was the quality of the fruit. And this is our third consecutive great [...]

2013 Harvest

By |2017-12-18T23:56:41+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

The 2013 growing season was as close to perfect as a worried farmer could hope for: outstanding quality, nicely sized grape clusters, and very good yields. But this year was especially hectic. We picked fruit in various blocks at both of our vineyard sites practically non-stop for a month. 2013 Harvest Report [...]

2012 Harvest Report

By |2017-12-19T00:04:05+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

Though we faced a long and late 2012 harvest, with powdery mildew that meant dropping a lot of fruit, our spirits never sagged because the fruit looked fabulous from the beginning. Mild weather throughout the growing season meant more hang time; then a warming trend in early October helped ripen the grapes and enabled [...]

2011 Harvest Report

By |2017-12-19T00:28:35+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

It was a harrowing harvest preceded by a difficult growing season. We encountered challenges all along the way: a cold spring that showered us with untimely rain, bringing us late bloom and fruit set; a cool summer that resulted in high pressure for powdery mildew and early botrytis; a shortage of manpower at harvest; and [...]

2010 Harvest Report

By |2017-12-19T00:31:15+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

The 2010 growing season was cold and challenging, one of the most difficult on record and disastrous for many northern California's vineyards. For us, the silver lining was that the long hang time allowed mature flavor development and, being a small estate focused on quality, we were able to turn our 20th year into a [...]

2009 Harvest Report

By |2017-12-19T00:34:03+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

This was our 19th harvest at Marimar Estate and, looking back, I am struck by how much more erratic and challenging harvests seem to have become. In the 2009 growing season we faced rain, followed by cool weather, followed by heat waves - all presenting trials for our team. For awhile, because véraison came [...]

2008 Harvest Report

By |2017-12-19T00:36:58+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

This was a mercurial season. After unprecedented spring frosts, we see-sawed to an intense heat wave in late August that prompted us to pick quickly and, for the first time, at night. Fortunately, these challenges were balanced by the beautiful fruit we brought in! 2008 Harvest Report

2007 Harvest Report

By |2017-12-19T00:38:41+00:00April 2nd, 2016|Harvest Reports|

Harvest 2007 was picture perfect in our vineyards. An early heat spike ripened the fruit just when it was needed and a cool down allowed the grapes to be picked at a leisurely pace, giving us exceptional fruit. In the 17 years since the first vines were planted, we have never seen a harvest where [...]