Harvest started for us August 7th. It's been a good long 'haul'. The vines are ready for winter, and our aged wines are ready for your enjoyment. Time for reflection and thankfulness...
The drought continues. In spite of that, our dry farmed vineyard came through, producing a generous and flavorful crop. So now is the time to give it back, and replenish the soil with nutrients. On the tractor, I’m dispensing cover crop seed (a blend of nitrogen fixing legumes and oats) and organic fertilizer (7.5-5-7.5). Thank you, Grapevines, I wish you a long rest with plenty of water from the skies!
The last wines are pressed to barrel.
The 2014 harvest is now one for the books! Awesome in quality, the work now begins to babysit the young wines through secondary fermentations and sluggish primaries. The wineries’ hectic pace is behind us; we work to schedule more time for rest (sleep!) and pull our personal lives back in order...
No harvesting on Sunday, so we hosted the San Francisco Citroën Club for a wine tasting.
As eclectic as their cars, the event was a fun success, with many wine questions, a picnic at the tasting room, and of course, a lot of wine, très bien!