Now that harvest is complete, our work in the vineyard can slow down a bit until early winter when we prune the vines. ‘Tis the season now to share the fruits of our labor with the release of the rest of the wines we bottled earlier this year.
If you have been to the tasting room since July, you may have already tried our first round of new releases, including the 2012 Riesling and 2012 Chardonnay. This Saturday, November 23rd we will release four new wines: 2012 Pinot Grigio, 2011 Merlot, 2010 Signature Series Reserve Merlot, and 2010 Tempranillo. I have to say, we are probably MOST excited about the Merlot since it has always been one of the best wines produced here and always one of our favorites, but the Tempranillo is NOT to be missed. All four wines will be available for tasting this weekend only (November 23rd & 24th, 2013), and only the 2012 Pinot Grigio and 2011 Merlot will remain on our normal tasting list.
2012 Pinot Grigio
100% Pinot Grigio aged 7 months in stainless steel
Bosc pear and honeydew melon on the nose with flavors of pear, kiwi, and grapefruit. Bright and mouthfilling, with a lingering finish.
100% Merlot aged 23 months in French oak
Aromas of plum, cherry, and dried herbs. Medium-to-full bodied wine with great balance and a richness from refined tannins. Long finish of cherry candy. This wine will age well for seven to twelve years.
2010 Signature Series Reserve Merlot
100% Merlot aged 28 months in French oak
Deep, rich nose of pie spice, blackberry, and raspberry. Mouthfilling, building in intensity with rich flavors of raspberries, sweet fruit, and cocoa. This wine will age well for ten to twenty years.
2010 Signature Series Tempranillo
100% Tempranillo aged 22 months in French oak
Smokey aromas of strawberry and camphor. Robust tannins give way quickly, a classic Spanish Tempranillo that will age well for ten or more years. Try with grilled lamb.
This past spring we also planted several new vines, some of which are varietals we already have growing elsewhere in the vineyard, and some that we’ve never had before. You already know about the Lagrein and the Teroldego, but here are some of the others:
Albarino– a white grape varietal typically grown in Spain and Portugal. Known for its peachy aromas and high acidity, but when planted in sandy soils like our 2011 & 2012 Albarino, that acidity softens out and produces a wine with sweet aromas and flavors of apricot, kiwi, and tropical fruits.
Sauvignon Blanc– a white grape varietal from the Bordeaux region of France. As a crisp, dry, refreshing white wine, Sauvignon Blanc is known to be one of the few wines that pairs well with sushi. It buds late, ripens early, and grows best during a mild summer. Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is oak fermented, with flavors of melon, kiwi, and Asian pear.
Pinot Noir– a red grape varietal from the Burgundy region of France. Pinot Noir is a very finicky grape to grow and isn’t as tolerant of harsher conditions as the other red varietals that we grow, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. It tends to produce a light- to medium-bodied wine with aromas of cherry and other berries.
Petit Verdot– a red grape varietal from the Bordeaux region of France. Our 2010 Petit Verdot is the pride of our winemaker, with aromas of rosewood and coffee and flavors of mocha and berries with rustic tannins.