It is hard to believe that in less than two months these little bunches of Merlot will be big, luscious purple grapes. Right now they are small pea size, hard and green. You can see the ground under them is stony limestone and thin soil. This makes the roots of the vines grow deep. With a temperature today of 37 in the shade we are glad they are going deep for moisture but also because the minerals that give the distinctive character to each "terroir" are well below the surface.
Sue Temperley writes the Wine and Wildlife blog.