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John Ingle
May 31, 2011 | John Ingle

The promise of spring

Oh the promise of spring, with hope and destiny in the air. Icy fingers of winter loosen their grip and green appears among the brown of the landscape. We pray our way through the "frost period" when recalcitrant grapevines that have awakened too early feel a bitter sting for their efforts. Well into May we see the flush of buds on canes that reveal the promise of the vintage, will it be large, small, early, late, difficult or wet? We can only imagine and wonder.


So far we are about a week late in bud-break and a couple of weeks behind in spring chores, such as plowing "away" from the vines, discing new centers, etc. The great news is, we have lots o' buds, due to the wet weather! Almost 100% bud viability on the vines previews a bountiful crop. Not every vintage in the Finger Lakes is a large one, or a classic one. We take the cards and make it work. Having that promise of spring through that makes the work a little easier, the target a little clearer, as we strive to produce world-class grapes for world-class wines at Heron Hill.


Tambi's Gravatar
@ May 31, 2011 at 9:06 AM
So Poetic! I am so glad to hear that we are at almost 100% bud viability, that is great news.

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Bernard Cannac
@ Jun 1, 2011 at 11:34 AM
Ingle Vineyard is doing pretty good indeed. At Heron Hill, the Riesling is gorgeous so far and did not suffer too much from winter damage. No spring frost. The Muscat is more of a challenge: it had some winter damage and is growing unevenly. We're keeping an eye on it and see what it does.

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