In The Winery: Harvest 2014
Harvest began September 15th this year … just two days after our daughter Elora was born! … and the earliest harvest this vineyard has ever seen! Early flowering and bud break and constant warm temperatures throughout the summer without extreme heat brought the early harvest.
Ripeness was very balanced across the board and seeds were mature and loose in the berry. Typically we see 10 – 15% grape losses due to Robins and Starlings, but this year the birds didn’t arrive in time to do any damage. We harvested roughly 51 tons of fruit (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Muller-Thurgau, Riesling and Gewurztraminer) and brought in an additional 12 tons (Malbec, Tempranillo, Grenache, Syrah and Merlot). Across the board we saw relatively lower acids in the fruit and slightly higher alcohol than typical years.
In the winery, we still have 7 open-top fermenters of Grenache, Malbec, and Syrah fermenting but the Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Muller Thurgau, Pinot Noir, skin-fermented Chardonnay, and Tempranillo are all barreled down and finished with primary fermentation.
On November 8th (for wine club members only) and November 9th (open to everybody) we’re opening the winery to show off our two months of harvest work! We’ll have several library wines available to taste and purchase as well as our new release of Syrah 2012. We hope you’ll join us to celebrate the harvest season.