“The temperature and dry weather are somewhat unusual, last time I have seen a start like this was 1992, and harvest started for young vines at the end of August,” Tardy wrote in an email sent to Torii Mor fans on Thursday.
Tardy, a native of Burgundy, arrived in the Willamette Valley in 1990 to work both in the vineyards and the cellar at Montinore Estate.
This week, he noted that recent Willamette Valley temperatures in the 70s and 80s have spurred action in the vines.
“In 2011 we were just seeing the green tips of bud-break at this time, and we didn’t see this many leaves open until June 10,” he wrote. “This year is a ‘normal’ bud-break (calendar wise), mid April, following a very dry winter, only a third of normal rainfall.”
Tardy’s report listed the precipitation at La Colina Vineyard since Jan. 1 at a mere 6.19 inches. In an average year, it would be at 20.95 inches, he wrote.
“Following 2010 and 2011 it is like a dream come true, hope I don’t wake up too soon,” he added. “Spring is here (but you may have missed it if you blinked) or is it summer???”