What’s happening at the winery?
The weather has remained hot and the grapes are well ahead of a “normal” year. We had many July and August days in the 90s and even a few 100 degree days in a row. I visited some of our vineyards and I noticed lots of fruit on the vines. Because of the heat, the vines can handle a large crop – it will still get ripe before it’s harvested. This is going to lead to many grapes for sale this year and a huge 2015 vintage.
We bottled our 2014 Chardonnay, which is unoaked, more Niagara, and our 2010 Syrah recently. We also made a very small batch of oaked Chardonnay (just two barrels) which we’ll bottle soon for our wine club members.
When I went to visit vineyards recently, I went to look at Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. The brix in the Pinot Noir is currently at a 15 or 16. We want to harvest it at 24.
We expect that the Pinot Gris grapes from Dion ...more...
WINE OF THE MONTH
Red Vintners Blend
Juicy nose of blackberry with added notes of vanilla, dark chocolate and a smoky close in the bouquet. Palate offers dark fruit flavors at the start; plums, blueberry jam and blackberry continues in mouth. Soft oak notes. More bittersweet chocolate, with added espresso in lingering finish.
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