Never Seen That Before
Spring-Summer 2013 #29
"Never seen that before" is becoming an increasingly common part of our lexicon at the winery in the last couple of years. In 2008 we had a freak frost in April that drastically reduced our Cabernet Sauvignon yields; never seen that before in 36 years of grape growing on Spring Mountain.
In 2009 we had a two and a half inch rain event on 10/12 that was the biggest October rainfall since 1962 that postponed the Giants-Yankees World Series for a week. I was 4 then and not tracking the Giants like I am now so this also counts as “Never seen that before.”
2010 saw the "Summer that never was" capped by a six and a half inch rain event that occurred 10/22-24 with half the crop still hanging on the vines. This led to our latest harvest in our history, never seen that before.
2011 was marked by the "Spring from Hell" which reduced yields in all varietals except Cabernet Sauvignon which bloomed so late it managed to miss both rain events in June. Another cooler than average summer led to another record-breaking date for the finish of harvest, November 2nd.
This year has been the driest year in our history from January to now. It has also been the fastest we have ever seen the vines go from bud break to flowering. I leave for a week and cannot believe how much new growth I see when I get back.
My favorite item by far though on the list of "Never seen that before" is seeing our daughter Maddy graduate from Colgate University cum laude this May. She’ll be in the tasting room this summer on the weekends helping Laura attend to our guests and I encourage you all to visit and say hi to the newly minted college grad. She came back home yesterday after her first day and I was amazed how many ideas she had to improve the place!
Cheers to next generation!
Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed Wines
The 2006 Napa Valley Summer Blend Chardonnay is the winery's first release bearing the words "Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed." Wine Business reports that the winery, located in the Spring Mountain district of the Napa Valley, recently completed a solar power system on their property. The system will supply all of the winery's power needs. When the winery's reds are released in the fall they will carry the same "Solar Powered and Sustainably Farmed" phrase on the label.
Michael Keenan checks the mailbox.