Friday, October 26, 2012

And Now The Peace And Quiet...

We wrapped up crush 2012 several weeks ago, and with the first rains now under our belt, it's time to relax and enjoy ourselves a little. This year's harvest was busy and compact, but the wines in the cellar are going to be good!

What we have back there now:
- Pinot Noir from our clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard 05, aging in a variety of French oak barrels
- Semillon, aging in both stainless steel and French oak barrels
- Sauvignon Blanc, aging in both stainless steel and French oak barrels

Because we do wild malolactic fermentation and allow the natural strains present in the environment and our winery to soften the acids in the wines, a few of the lots are still undergoing ML, but it seems to be chugging through. Otherwise, it's pretty quiet around here.

A few events will wrap up our fall season: we just did Pinot on the River 2012, and Artisano is upcoming -- both fantastic events I would recommend for a wine lover.

We took a lot of good harvest footage this year, and during the next few weeks I'll work on some videos of our adventures. Otherwise, we'll be pouring a glass of Pinot, lighting a fire, and getting to all those books we neglected during the past few months.Yay.

Monday, October 8, 2012

2012 Harvest Experience Photos!

Yesterday we hosted our second annual Foursight Harvest Experience. Open only to wine club and list members, this year proved especially popular, and we had to limit attendance so we could all fit in the winery and cellar! The weather was perfect for a vineyard and winery tour and an al fresco lunch, and we thoroughly enjoyed showing everyone the other side of our operation -- where most of the work is done.

The day started with a glass of wine and quick welcome, then on to the vineyard. Bill Charles talked about the "glamorous life of a farmer," and we tasted our Sauvignon Blanc and Clone 05 Pinot Noir in the blocks where the grapes are grown. We then moved to the winery, where Winemaker Joe Webb led a discussion about winemaking and attendees were able to try their hand at punchdowns. We tasted the Semillon and Zero New Oak Pinot Noir and talked about how we produce these unique bottlings. Afterward, everyone gathered for lunch in the 100-year-old orchard and we celebrated another fantastic harvest.

All in all, a fantastic day! Here are a few photos of the event: