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While we picked the chardonnay, I was quite struck by how far behind the reds seem to be. So time to run the tests again:
Merlot 19.8 degrees Brix, 3.55 pH, 7.5 TA (bland-no flavor)
Sangiovese 18.3 degrees Brix, 3.29 pH, 9.0 TA (strawberry-slightly tart)
Cabernet Sauvignon 16.8 degrees Brix, 3.04 pH, 10.5 TA (TART!)
Based on these numbers, I am predicting that harvest will be Saturday, August 10 & 11, at least for the merlot and sangiovese.
We also tested the grapes from Belle Crest Vineyard:
Malbec 20.3 degrees Brix, 3.55 pH, 6.0 TA (fig)
Tempranillo 22 degrees Brix, 3.74 pH, 4.5 TA (pear)
Cabernet Sauvignon 19 degrees Brix, 3.29 pH, 7.5 TA (nectarine)
Their cab sauv looks to be a bit higher than ours, but their sample is not a true random sample since it did not include the green grapes. For our sample, we tried to make sure that we had a truly random sample and included green berries.
<<<<<<<<<UPDATE: RED harvest at Salado Vineyard MOVED to AUGUST 17 & 18 after test #4>>>>>>>>>