September 23, 2009 |
Harvest is Here!
The 2009 Harvest has begun! The first grapes that we picked were our pinot noir grapes from the Amber Ridge Vineyard in the Russian River. The grapes were gorgeous. Richly developed fruit flavors, with nice sugar levels and natural acidity. Very few over ripe or under ripe grapes - which made sorting and crush a breeze. Our pinot noir winemaker Chris Nelson said “these are the best grapes from Amber Ridge we’ve ever had. I’m really excited about this vintage!”
The next grapes into the winery will be from Doctor’s Vineyard later this week and then our Howell Mountain cabernet from Ink Grade. Our Coombsville cabernet and La Encantada pinot will remain on the vine for a more weeks developing with the warm weather we are experiencing here in California.
I love this time of year when the winery is full of life, excitement and activity.