Bud Burst

April 21st, 2010

There is much email traffic between vineyards on the subject of Bud Burst currently. Since a clear definition of the exact point at which the afore-mentioned event actually occurs is open to some debate, the various reports from across the south are to be taken with a healthy dose of caution it seems. Buds snugly growing down a rabbit guard tube are developing faster than those in loftier locations. Some vineyards report that it’s two weeks later this year and some say for them its earlier! Suffices to say our buds are looking something like this:

Chardonnay:

Pinot

Neither look like true Bud Burst (when the leaves at the bud tip start to separate) to us. So we’re somewhere between First Swell and Full Swell, which is ….well……swell! Will keep you posted.

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