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Was that a sprint or a marathon?
After last year’s early, compressed sprint-like harvest, I was hoping for a more leisurely pace for the ‘marathon’ called harvest this year. Instead, we saw a harvest season that in the beginning appeared very much like 2013 - early and compressed. However, it turned out to be very evenly paced and without undue crunch of time. Once again, it allowed me to focus on ‘outdoor things’ like sampling vineyards and planning the harvesting order rather than being stretched thinly between that and managing and performing ‘indoor winemaking things’ at the same time. As I’ve remarked before, as I have a place to ferment everything at once so there were no compromises made on harvesting dates or time in tank as usual. There’s simply the limitation of how many waking hours a person has. I also did not have to sleep the night at the winery once, while in 2013 I set records for total number of nights as well as consecutive nights slept over the office. So the harvest pace was somewhere between a marathon and a sprint. I would take another one like that any year.

Besides the pace being favorable, the quality is right up there with 2012 and 2013 across the board. Yields were just a little less generous than last year, except for the Zinfandel which was quite a bit lower than we anticipated. The pH’s of the fruit and resulting wines is a good bit lower than usual, which portends slower malolactic fermentations (which tends to be a good sign) and longer life in the cellar.

In this offering we have a wide range of new wines spanning four vintages. The Hallberg Pinot Noir is the last of the 2010 vintage to be released, while the 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is only the second of our many yearly Pinot Noir bottlings to be released. There is also the first of the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignons and the last of the 2013 RosÚs. We take our time with the wines like they were just a walk in the park rather than any kind of race.


New Releases:
  • 2013 Dry Rose' of Syrah
  • 2012 Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay
  • 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2010 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2011 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Recent Releases and More


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above: Inspecting Syrah clusters at the Calypso Vineyard during harvest 2007.
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