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Shafer Picks First Grapes of 2007 Harvest

Young Syrah is first to the crushpad

Shafer’s first fruit of 2007 is Syrah
on Aug. 27

Shafer picking crews were out before dawn on Monday, August 27, picking the first fruit of the 2007 harvest.

“In July I’d have predicted harvest starting in early September,” says Doug Shafer, president, Shafer Vineyards. “The great news is that this early fruit is absolutely delicious – full of jammy flavor and deep, inky color. We can’t wait to turn this into wine.”

The 2007 growing season has been ideal for long, slow fruit development.

“The summer has been a cool one with no real heat spikes,” says Shafer Winemaker Elias Fernandez. “The warming trend toward the end of August has been slow and steady – exactly the kind of conditions that produce beautiful fruit.”

The first loads of fruit coming into the winery’s crushpad are Syrah, planted a couple of years ago, on Shafer’s vineyard site called “School Bus,” located just beyond the southern boundary of Stags Leap District. The fruit will become the 2007 vintage of Relentless, which will be released about three years from now.