On the vineyard, we have reached that time of year where our vines have hit their full stride. With the season getting off to a cool start, we are seeing the vines to be about two weeks later than average. After months of meticulously tending to the growth of the vines through removing unwanted shoots, moving the trellis wires to maintain vertical growth, hedging and removing leaves to increase sun light to the fruit, we have reached veraison. With the berries starting to soften up and change color this month, we expect sugar accumulation to reach optimal ripeness over the next 30-40 days. As the fruit comes into balance with its sugar, acid, tannins and flavors we will kick off the 2017 harvest and start to create our Shadow Ranch wines! With the amazing winter rains and a nice warm summer, we anticipate a moderate harvest of exceptional quality! ~Sam Patterson, Winemaker/Vineyard Manager
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what is OUR WINEMAKER UP TO?
When he is not farming and producing your favorite wines, raising a family or running a winery, Shadow Ranch Vineyard's Sam Patterson is competing in ultra-races. Think a 100 mile endurance run with a 6200 foot elevation start or a 2.4 mile swim/112 mile bike/52 mile run (through wine country of course). Yes, Sam completed the Western States 100-mile endurance run and the Santa Rosa Ironman this summer. We couldn't be more proud of our super hero!