Thursday, October 27, 2011

Harvest 2011

Bringing 2011 to a close was a labor. The season started with a series of frosts that greatly reduced the crop but after that the season was rather gentle on Canelo Hills Vineyard. No major weather or pest events threatened the fruit and as usual Joan's farming resulted in fabulous fruit. I suppose the fact that we got any crop at all in 2011 after the devastating August 2010 hail storm is a miracle and a tribute to Farmer Joan.

We ended up with very little of anything but for the Tempranillo. Perhaps a ton and a half of Tempranillo got harvested on September 19, about two weeks later than is typical. The fruit was beautiful. Joan and the picking crew scoured the rest of the vineyard and came up with a few hundred pounds of mixed Syrah, Zinfandel, Riesling and Malvasia. It all got tossed in with the Tempranillo so techincally the 2011 Vintage of Tempranillo is a bit of a field blend.

Last weekend I finished off the major tasks of Harvest and initial winemaking. It is always a mixture of sadness and relief when I clean up the press and push it back into the winery for the winter, awaiting 2012. Such is the cycle of winemaking.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Four Year Anniversary Celebration

This past week-end we celebrated Canelo Hills fourth anniversary.  It's hard to believe the tasting room has been open that long.  Marking time with anniversaries is a time of reflection.  It is a time to think about the hard work that got us to this point and to appreciate all the people who have helped us. We had out new releases and Tim gave tours.  However, the most enjoyable part of the week-end was talking to the friends we have made through the Canelo Hills tasting room and making new ones.