Bill usually takes a trip out to see how all the vineyards are progressing in late August. August 24th he visited Saltonstall, West of Petaluma in the Sonoma Coast appellation. Sam Saltonstall and Bill chatted about how the grapes were quite a bit behind where they usually are at that time. Veraison had begun but many of the grapes still have to change color.
After leaving Saltonstall Bill took the long and curvy road up to Cazadero very close to the Sonoma Coastline. High on the ridge line is Gard and Lori Hellenthal’s vineyard which was surprisingly further ahead than the one he’d just left. Veraison was nearly finished. Their neighboring grape growers include Hirsch and Marcassin. Gard’s daughter Elisa is helping out this vintage and it was great to see another family business hard at work.