Countdown to Harvest

We have just reached bloom in the vineyard, so the countdown to harvest begins. I have found after much research, both here and in Europe that we need a minimum of 110 days from bloom to harvest in order for the grapes to reach full maturity. This is not just about sugar levels, what I am referring to is full physiological ripeness. I have found this to be absolutely essential to producing exceptional wines, regardless of the vineyard location or the varietal.