Monday, June 13, 2011
The touchy part is that you are manipulating the canopy in June for something that may not be ripe until November first (I am talking to you Aglianico, Nebbiolo, Montepulciano, or Cabernet, Touriga, etc.). The vines can get pretty tired by then so you may need to leave a little more canopy then you think to get through the 100-degree days in Lake County, which is the opposite of what you would do with Pinot in Oregon or on the Coast. The Barbera is going to three canes per spur because of its spindly growth but the canes will generally be thinned to one bunch per cane for the large bunch clone (we have a couple) - most of this is unscientific eyeballing and guestimation. It is all delicate work though based on managing into the hopeful future (and having no idea after the last three years what in the world the weather will do).