July 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
The 2013 August shipment brings us a new release Chardonnay – a vineyard designate stainless steel Chard from our Estate Vineyard #1. We saw such vast differences from the styles of Chardonnay produced in our Shenandoah Springs Vineyard and Estate Vineyard that we decided to bottle them separately. This Chard – the Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Estate Vineyard #1 Chardonnay – is bottled especially for the Estate Club.
In addition we’re releasing our Sunset Hills Vineyard 2010 Petit Verdot. We’ve allowed this wine 14 months in bottle before releasing it for sale, as the 2010 season gave us such a dense, powerful Petit Verdot, and we wanted to give it some mellowing before opening it to you guys. Below are the technical notes for these two wines.
July 10, 2013 § 2 Comments
July 10th, 2013
The vineyards are awash in quick growing shoots and developing berries. Late Spring and early Summer have been slightly wetter than usual, but also very warm and sunny, all of which causes the vines to push some pretty intense vegetative growth. Sometimes we wake up in the morning, walk out into Vineyard #3, and see this:
We’re entering the final period of berry development, a kind of a lag phase when berry growth slows down just before we enter veraison and begin accumulating sugars and flavors. This is an important time for managing the canopy and cleaning up what you see above to make it more like what you see below:
This type of full canopy will set the stage for good fruit ripening. For one, we have a large area of leaves to pull in the sunlight and create sugars. Also, we have an airy canopy, with lots of open space around clusters and leaves to allow that nice Virginia breeze through, which is one of our best deterrents of the high humidity.