Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bottling the 2015's and a Harvest Update

As I type, we have already bottled our Foursight 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from the estate, and in a few days our 2015 Pinot Noirs go into bottle, then off to the warehouse for a long rest before we release them to our wine club (and an even longer rest before we release them to our tasting room).

We are feeling a bit lucky this year to have a more "normal" season -- harvest in September, not coinciding with a late-August bottling as it did last year. (Full disclosure, we also moved bottling a few weeks earlier this year, just in case!)

Our grapes are still in veraison (turning from green to purple), and we expect about a month of breathing room in between seeing off last year's wines and bringing in the first grapes of this year's harvest.

Our main worry this year, and there's always one with Mother Nature in charge, is the quantity of the crop yet again. Some of the blocks look down yet again (2015 was approx. 50% of normal). We have yet to do official cluster counts (where we actually count and weigh clusters on a number of vines, then use those calculations to form an estimated crop size), but that will give us a much more accurate look at the 2016 harvest.

As always, here's hoping for a great 2016 harvest!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tasting Videos Now Online

New tasting note videos have been posted on our You Tube channel! Check it out for descriptions of all our current releases -- winemaking methods, flavor components and food pairings -- by Foursight Winemaker Joe Webb:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Life Before Harvest

In the Pinot business, July marks a slow slide toward harvest, usually beginning with bottling the prior year's wines.

Next week we begin to put our estate Pinot Noirs from the 2015 vintage into bottle. This is slightly earlier than our average bottling date because harvest has also been early the past two vintages. Just to hedge our bets, we moved bottling (because the general idea is to bottle BEFORE harvest so you have room in the cellar and empty barrels)!

Although winemakers typically despise bottling (so many logistics and something always goes awry), I love it. Seeing last year's wine make it safely into bottle and one step closer to being in the hands of our customers gives me a thrill that I often don't have the time, or sometimes brainpower, to appreciate during the busier moments of harvest and crush.
Caught in action! Working the bottling line during Semillon bottling.

July is also our last month to celebrate summer before we get really busy multi-tasking between the cellar, vineyard and tasting room. On July 23-24 we'll be hosting our fourth annual Anderson Valley Barrel Tasting Weekend with 21 wineries from Anderson Valley and the Yorkville Highlands appellation participating. It's a really fun (and reasonably priced) event -- $20 for two days of tasting and a glass. Check it out here.

We also have our first Wine Bar Night on July 15th at our Boonville tasting room. We'll be serving Pork Crostini with Onion Jam and Savory Mushroom Rolls to pair with our wines from Noon to 7 p.m. Tasting $5 and glasses and bottles available to purchase for the patio!
Our fifth generation and grandpa, having a tractor lesson!

We expect harvest to be in September this year -- more typical for our site, and will announce our harvest activities as we get closer.