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Itâ€™s been a very busy last few weeks for our winemaking team. Harvest arrived fast and furious and this past Monday, we brought in the last of itâ€”Cabernet from the C.C. Ranch and Kelham vineyards. Whew! But just because harvest has finished, it doesnâ€™t mean the work is done, and thereâ€™s still a long way to go before we share the fruits of our labor with you.
There are several distinctive things about the 2011 harvest. Dirk Hampson, Director of Winemaking, says this Nickel & Nickel vintage is marked by small yields and a very rapid harvest (everything came in in a couple of weeks!) The juice is now going through fermentation and, Dirk reports, the perfume and balance of the vintage look quite promising.
Winemaker Darice Spinelli adds that there wasnâ€™t a pattern to the ripening this year and, interestingly enough, various blocks from C.C. Ranch were among the first and last to be harvested. She notes that she will be moving the Cabernets to barrel within the next couple of weeks, and so the hard work continues.
Weâ€™re looking forward to tasting these wines with you at our annual Futures event. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 12, 2012.