It looks like the Pinot vines are enjoying the season we are having - so much so that they decided to start going through veraison over the past couple of days. The first vines to make this transition seem to be Clone 777 in all the blocks.
Veraison represents the transition from vine growth into berry development. Thus, the vine (ideally) will slow down the growth of the shoots and begin accumulating sugars in the berries. This is also a sign to others in the animal kingdom that the fruit is ripening and is much tastier than earlier samples. Therefore, our next move over the next week will be to apply netting to the fruit zone of these vines to protect them from predators like birds, turkeys, and deer.
Normally in the Finger Lakes, veraison occurs a little later in August - so we were fairly surprised to stumble upon these clusters in the last couple of days.... Harvest will be just around the corner!