What’s happening at the winery
We’ve had record-breaking heat in Hillsboro. Temperatures were into the 90s, but it seems that temps will be headed back toward normal before month’s end. I hope that it cools down enough to allow the grapes to slow down a bit. When they ripen slowly, they have more hang time on the vines, which greatly improves their flavors and quality. When they ripen too quickly, they lack the fruit flavors that are so desirable in wine. The winemaking process is much more complicated when working with fast-ripening grapes: the pH is high and the acid is low, so there’s more for us to manipulate.
Last month, we bottled the semi-sweet Riesling and the Gewurztraminer. Bottling is pretty much an on-going process for us, so there’s always more to do.
Our 2015 Pinot Gris is 50% in tanks and 50% in stainless steel barrels. We tasted it recently and I’m very happy with how it’s progressing.
We have 500 gallons each of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Pinot ...more...
WINE OF THE MONTH
Pinot Gris Willamette Valley 2014
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