Winemaker Journal

What’s happening at the winery
We had a hot spring, but an average summer, temperature-wise, so far. I’d say that we are only about one to two weeks ahead of an average year, which is quite different than the past two, very hot, growing seasons we had here in Oregon. When temperatures get into the 90s or above the vines basically shut down - photosynthesis stops. The grapes get too ripe, too quickly. It’s been nice to see moderate temperatures so far this summer. Ideal temperatures vary depending on the variety. For Pinot Noir, for example, we hope for warm days in the 80s and cool nights into the 60s. The contrast in temperature allows the fruit to cool which helps to develop flavor.

We did lots of bottling last month, including some varieties we’ve never offered before:  Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc. We also bottled Gewurztraminer, Deviant, and Niagara. We worked with Chenin Blanc back in the early 1980s when it was part of a white blend, so I’ve worked with it before, but we’ve never bottled it varietally.

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2014 Pinot Gris
Retail: $14.00 | $142.80 per case
WOM Price: $9.80 | $142.80 per case
Club Price: $9.31 | $111.72 per case