Thanks to Ray and Levi, the planting of the vines for 2009 was finished yesterday. It took longer--and was a lot harder--than I remembered. I always like having planted, but the actual act of planting--after the inaugural vine--is physically punishing. Many thanks as well to Steve, Janna, Eric, and Anthony who helped with the rest of the replants.
We still have more plant next year. The Merlot needs two more rounds of replants (the next of which will do in 2010), and the Chardonnay and Cabernet still need one more round. We should be getting about a half barrel more Cab and a full barrel more Chard in 2010 from our 2008 replants. 2011 should see us with an additional barrel of Chard and barrel and a half of Cab.
In the meantime, we are going to get these young vines composted today. This week we'll be about getting grow tubes on the vines (held in place by pencil rods.) And, of course, shoot-thinning everything.