We’ve had activity in multiple vineyards up and down the Napa Valley and throughout Sonoma County. Last Friday, we picked Chardonnay from the Beckstoffer Carneros Lake Vineyard, located just south of Napa. That’s right, we’re making a white wine from a Beckstoffer Vineyard! This is our second harvest from this vineyard, which maintains the same quality and growing practices that we’re all accustomed to from his six heritage vineyards. The 2022 vintage currently resting in barrel in our cave and it’s a beauty. In fact, it’s so good, we decided to make it available as a future. If you’re interested in securing your share of this wine, please give us a call. We expect to bottle just about 200 cases, so it won’t be around long!
Warmer up-valley temperatures also pushed Kennefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah to optimal ripeness and nearly 7 tons were picked on Saturday. Cooler than average temperatures in Sonoma County allowed Jewell Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc to hang a bit longer this year, adding a remarkable depth and complexity to the flavor profile. Is it too early to start dreaming of spring?
Just this morning (Tuesday, October 10) we finished the white wine harvest with the remaining blocks of Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay. Visitors to the Valley will start to see these vineyards display the beautiful colors of fall. With their job complete, the vines will slowly transition into dormancy, but not before offering us a splendid display of yellow, orange, and red across the valley floor and hillsides.