From the Ground Up
It has been a cool summer with sporadic heat and morning fog. We don’t usually see fog past June but this year has been different. As a result, the crop is late by about 10 days.
We have spent the last few weeks preparing the vineyards and the winery for harvest. In the vineyards, we have to pull the leaves around the fruit, hedge the vines, and put netting on some of the vines where birds are a problem. The winery is checking on all of its presses and crushers and taking an inventory of empty tanks and barrels.
This year’s crop looks both high in quality and medium to high in quantity. We expect to begin picking around September 15th.
2018 Gewürztraminer: These were the first grapes picked in 2018. Gewürztraminer is one of those overlooked varieties that makes exceptional wine. Loaded with spice flavors, this wine will surprise you with the pronounced flavor and aroma. Some people dislike the name and expect it to be overly sweet, which is completely contrary to what this wine is. Great flavors with enough sweetness to balance the acidity and soften the mouthfeel. I think it is great with light foods or served as a cocktail wine.
2016 Syrah: The Valley View Vineyard continues to produce red wines with character. This wine is a good example of a Syrah with flavor. Especially in warmer climates, Syrah can be another non-descript red wine. We add 4% Viognier during fermentation which adds a hint of spice and floral character that elevates the wine and adds to the finish, making this Syrah more distinct. This one is good enough for special occasions.
2017 Pinot Noir SBC: This is an early release to our Wine Club. This is a wine that we make in volume for the national market and it is our leading seller. It is moderately priced and exceptional in quality. Wine Enthusiast just gave it a 90+ score and their Editor’s Choice distinction. It should be a $50+ wine but it has a suggested retail of $24. Your price is $18. We must be paying you to take it! Enjoy.
The Vineyard Tour is coming. This year we are doing something new and will be visiting the vines during the middle of harvest. I may ask you to bring your clippers. This will be a chance to taste grapes at picking time.