Just a note to say we’re done with harvest after a long month of crushing grapes, tending fermenters, cleaning, cleaning, cleaning… and then putting everything into barrel to rest for the winter.
How was the year? Pretty nice. Not as ultimately exciting at 2011, I’ll be honest. I wouldn’t want to go through that cold and challenging year again but the wines are amazing.
In 2012, we saw more warmth and very dry conditions all summer long. It’s still too early to say how the wines will be, but warm and dry generally means riper wines with more natural alcohol content.
I’m looking for wines of less alcohol and more acidic energy, so this year was a little challenging in that way. However, I’m committed to wines that honestly reflect their vintage, so we make what we get and I’m really excited about what I have in barrel.
Our vineyards this year? Four for Pinot Noir – Armstrong, Bjornson, Zenith and, new this year, Crowley Station – and one for our newest project, Chardonnay, from Methven Family Vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills.
But don’t get too excited yet. These wines won’t begin being released until late 2013. In the meantime, we have a supply of our lovely 2011s, one-third gone after a big first month of sales, so don’t delay if you’re interested. Last year we sold out in six months and I don’t expect this year will be much different.