Winter 2014 Wine Club Shipment
2014: A Grape Odyssey- How we learned to stop worrying and love the weather
Harvest 2014 is definitely one for the books! As we approach harvest each year, we are sure that we've encountered any situation that may present itself. Since we took over the business in 2010, we've had hot & dry seasons, cool & wet seasons, we've pressed wines in the 100 degree heat and the 40 degree cold, and harvest has lasted anywhere from six weeks to three months. We could go on, but you have probably picked up on the recurring theme here- the weather.
This year, we picked our whites in early September and then had our typical waiting period for the reds to ripen. However, due to a late spring period of cold and rain followed by a warm and dry summer, instead of picking the reds over a few weeks, we picked all of them in SIX days. Yes, we picked and crushed more than 40 tons of grapes in less than a week! Of course, once the grapes are crushed and put into tank, there is no time for rest: pump overs, punch downs, juice samples, pressing, and racking all must be done before any rest is to be had. Needless to say, it has been a very rewarding (and exhausting) month for us winemakers!
We had our first day off since August 30th this past weekend, just long enough to catch our breath and concentrate on choosing some exciting wines to send you this quarter. We are particularly excited about this shipment for two reasons. The first is that we are sending a special wine not usually offered in a wine club shipment- the unreleased 2013 Anemoi Apeliotes. The second is that you will be receiving the second-ever wine club-only wine, the 2013 Malbec, to date the first and only Malbec we have ever produced. To round out the shipment, you'll also be receiving the 2013 47-Ten Red. Check out the newsletter in your shipment for more information about each of these wines.
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Jay & Jennifer Christianson