Our warm winter prodded our vines into one of the earliest bud breaks I can remember. As of April 1, Grenache, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Tannat are all showing green to some extent. This is about 10 days early for these varieties. I’ve been behind on pruning this year, which has turned out to be a good thing. Delayed pruning is a good tool to retard bud break. Even so, we will gain only a few days at best. For all the growers in Arizona, this will be a long, tense April. The Sonoita area won’t breathe easily until May 1.
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