It's game on here at Bassi Vineyard already, as we are in the thick of the harvest before the calendar has turned to September.
Mild winter, check. Early bud out, check. Dry conditions, check. Lighter yields than preceding years, check...It's pretty easy to see why the ball is rolling a bit early this year.
The good news is that the fruit is exhibiting nice development despite the accelerated pace. There's physiological ripeness to go along with sugar ripeness, while the smaller yields are bringing intense flavors.
This is one of those years where there wasn't even time to get anxious about the start of harvest. It came on fast and we're right on top of it. More reports soon.