Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Harvest starts! And more reviews

Well, it's official. Schramberg will be harvesting some of our Pinot Noir this Thursday, which means the season has begun for us. It's still early, so I imagine that our still wine harvest (the bulk of the vineyard) won't begin until early September, weather depending. This will mean getting the sparkling wine in, a short break, then back at it. Whew!

In other news, we had a recent review in the San Francisco Chronicle as part of a tasting of Mendocino County Pinot Noir:
"TWO AND A HALF STARS 2006 Foursight Wines Charles Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($46)
Wine marketing pro Kristy Charles moved back home to Boonville last summer not only to become executive director of the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association, but also to help with this new vineyard founded by her parents Bill and Nancy Charles, and her fiance, Joseph Webb. Their inaugural effort is earthy and focused, very much in the Anderson Valley style, with a mix of Bing cherry, blueberry and rhubarb. It's a straightforward, promising debut, with plenty of delicate red fruit, and a savory, smoky, seaweed-like tinge for nuance."

A small note to the above - perhaps they meant new winery, not new vineyard?

Also, in Patterson's The Tasting Panel Magazine, written by Chris Sawyer as part of a round-up of the 2008 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival: "Foursight 2006, Estate: The exciting debut release from the Charles family, this marvelous wine features ripe flavors of fresh plum, black cherry, savory herbs, cocoa, and plenty of structure. Complex and elegant!"

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