Better Late Than Never
As with almost everything in life, the expression “better late than never” can be applied to anything wine-related (excepting in the case of a wine that is clearly past its “best by” date). After many years of early to average starts to harvest, we are running a bit behind this year- 4-5 weeks, to be precise. Harvest began the first week of September and as of now, we are about 60% done. Other than a scare of a significant amount of rain at the beginning of October, we have had ideal weather for harvest. The heat we had at the beginning of September helped ripen the fruit after a cooler than average August. Right now, we are looking at picking our last grapes the week of Halloween.
Petite Sirah and Muscat
There is also a familiar expression that applies to many things in life- “good things come to those who wait” (unless you have 4 teenagers in your house-three of them boys- then, you had better not wait at mealtime because it will be gone!). At this point, it is looking like this vintage has been and will be worth the wait. Our tonnage is about 20% higher than expected, the flavors are well-developed, and the quality is outstanding! Derek is really excited about this vintage- so keep that in mind for next year when the first 2018 vintages are released.
In the winery, we are busy, busy, busy…crushing, pressing, filling barrels, repeat. The fermenters are producing some intoxicating -literally- smells. If you have the chance to get up to the winery in the next few weeks, this would be an excellent time to do it!
Tools of the trade
Though we are still a little more than a month out from Thanksgiving, we are really counting our blessings right now…while we have had a great harvest, many other wine-growing regions in California have not. The past two years have seen wildfires ravage the wine-growing regions of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino counties- making 2018 an extra-special blessing for us. And we can’t talk about blessings without giving a shout out to Benji, Katie, and crew for their hand in helping to make the 2018 vintage one to remember.