After a bit of hand wringing and lots of speculating about the strangely cool September and rather frequent rounds of rain, we have begun our harvest for 2019. We picked our fruit at Johan Vineyard on 9/30 and got it all processed and snug into it’s fermentation bins the next day. I must say it looked great - it was clean, really small berries, great acidity, and full ripeness at relatively low sugar levels. I couldn’t ask for better tastes or numbers. I’m thrilled to have this biodynamic fruit that is always farmed with such care in our portfolio.
This is just the beginning for us. We have all of our Applegate Valley lots still hanging out down there getting ripe - they typically come in pretty late into October. And we’re doing something with some Chehalem Mountain fruit this year that I’ll announce a bit later, but it’s pretty exciting stuff.
In the meantime happy to be doing punch downs and babysitting the Pinot, making the frequent drive down to the winery, and trying to soak up the gorgeous sun that keeps peeking out between the rain. Stay tuned for more brief harvest updates, we’ve got a ways to go.