Harvest Update from Thérèse
Autumn colors have begun to show along Redwood Retreat Road and temperatures are cooling down. Though we’re knee deep in crush, I enjoy the sights of Martin Ranch during this busy but special time of year.
As we welcome club members and visitors to our open tastings in October, a common question will be, “How has harvest been going?” Before I get back to crush, here’s a glimpse of what we’ve picked so far, how it looks, and what comes next.
The 2018 harvest kicked off a little later than usual. The prior 3 vintages have brought intense heat waves in early fall, forcing growers to pick the fruit before it reached optimal balances of brix, pH, and TA. I’m glad to say this wasn’t the case this year! We were blessed with consistent temperatures throughout the growing season that offered our fruit ideal hang time on the vine to fully develop. We’re very enthusiastic about what we’re seeing so far.
We picked our 3 distinctive Pinot Noirs that hail from unique AVA regions nearby: Arroyo Seco, Santa Cruz Mountains, and the Central Coast. They came in exactly as we hope for thanks to the relatively mild growing season. I’m most excited about the exceptional aromas they’re already showing.
We also picked our Viognier from Cedar Lane- an Arroyo Seco vineyard that benefits from coastal winds and early morning fog that bring intense flavors to the wine. This vintage is showing gorgeous tropical and stone fruit characteristics… I can’t wait to get better acquainted with it in the barrel!
Lastly, we brought in the beautiful Syrah fruit from Dos Niñas Vineyards in Gilroy just this week. That vineyard name may spring to mind if you’re acquainted with our perennial award-winning Malbec, or our Old World-style Sangiovese. These Syrah berries are always a treat. Ultimately, they’ll become the perfect wine to pair with hearty roasted dishes, or to be enjoyed on its own in front of a fire.
As October continues, we’ll keep harvesting the fruit from our growing partners nearby before turning our attention to our Estate grapes on the property which, weather permitting, we anticipate to commence in mid-October.
Eager to catch the last glimpses of the berries on our vines? Then pack your picnic and join us for a tasting during the first and third weekends in October. We hope to see you soon!