Our grapes were harvested on September 8. The quality and ripeness of the fruit is excellent, however the actual tonnage is lower than anticipated.
Overall in Temecula, crops are low in volume, but high in fruit quality. Nearby Monte De Oro winery reported on their Brix board an actual tonnage of about 50% of their estimated yield for their white wine grapes (Sauvignon Blanc 5.1 actual tons harvested vs 11 tons estimated, Muscat Canelli 5 vs 8, Viognier 10.1 vs 24, Chardonnay 9.9 vs 24).
This is due to a "double whammy" of a cool Spring this year, causing issues with pollination and fruit development (coulure), and an overall cool previous season. The good news -of course- is that fewer grapes per vine provide potential for a truly great vintage. Looking forward to the first barrel tastings!