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Harvest update 2013

Hard to believe, but harvest is looming upon us. With a very early bud break in Sonoma due to warm temperatures in April, and another stellar, if warm, growing season, the growers are all saying the same thing: the crop may be a month earlier than the last 3 years. So we are getting ready for the pilgrimage.

Cleaning all equipment, restocking yeasts and enzymes, ordering barrels and bungs, and trying to find floor space in the winery for the incoming fruit. It’s a really busy time, with sleepless nights due to the mounting excitement.

We are thrilled to add three new vineyards to our program this year, two in Carneros, and one in the southern end of the Dry Creek Valley. This vintage, we are making a Pinot Gris, a warmer climate Chardonnay, and a vineyard designate Zinfandel. Carneros is just north of the San Pablo bay, and is in both Napa county and Sonoma county. Very cool evenings from the fog off the bay brings great structure to the fruit, but Carneros sees warmer daytime temps than our vineyards in north-western Sonoma. We are expecting more of the tropical, melon notes for our whites from Carneros, and the Zinfandel sourced from Felta Road is a hillside vineyard which should show some great spicy black fruit and pepper, and will have some great backbone for aging. We may also be adding a late season varietal in Petit Syrah. Known for it’s bracing tannins, deep, almost black color, dark, brooding fruit, with great longevity in the bottle, we may be doing a blended red with this particular grape.

As we go to bottle in the early spring with our 2012s, we will be planning another wine club dinner party, so check back and we’ll keep you posted.

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