Happy Easter to everyone! This is the time of year we start the growing season again, the vines have just started to bud, Chardonnay is the earliest with small leaves already evident while the other varietals have buds just now opening. With the early warm days of March, we were worried things would start too soon and then a late freeze would kill off the crop like last year, but now looks like we dodged the weather. Our Wine Club gathering is Saturday April 29th where we will spend some time in the main vineyard exploring the terrain and steps through the growing season we take to ensure a good harvest, then have a marvelous French country lunch at the winery (not too late to join!!).
The red wines we made last fall are in the barrels building flavors; Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and our newest addition, Arandell. This was our first harvest for this grape, just planted 3 years ago, a dark red wine with flavors similar to a Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines will be in French oak for at least 12 months and already taste marvelous!