Since 2005 Bedell Cellars has been conducting an experiment with their cabernet vines. Soon after veraison, when the grapes turn from green to black, vineyard workers have been covering the ground between the rows to prevent any excess moisture from getting to the roots of the plants. Excess moisture like the rains that accompany hurricanes are common in our area right before harvest.
The idea to cover the ground came from Bedell’s consultant, the sauve Pascal Marty. (Check out his impressive bio here.)
Donna Rudolph, assistant vineyard manager at Bedell and Cellarette’s guide through the 2008 growing season, said the last time Pascal visited he said he thought the vines were about two weeks behind where they were last year. Continue reading