The 2011 growing season has just begun, and so far the word to describe it is wet. Rain persisted throughout much of March and into April, which has little effect on the vines, since they are just beginning to bud out. The only thing we can conclude about the 2011 season so far is that the hills will be beautiful with green grass until at least late May.
The spring rains continued a theme that Mother Nature has been perfecting since last October. Before that we enjoyed one of the coolest July’s in recent memory and wondered if summer would indeed arrive. Then, in the second week of August, it did!—for one hot week. This mini heat wave did cause some heat damage throughout the North Coast because the vines were so shocked after such a cool year. However, the vast majority of our vineyards escaped damage (especially the grapes in Mendocino where the heat was not as intense) and enjoyed the best ripening conditions we have ever seen here in Yorkville. Needless to say, we are extremely excited about the 2010 wines, beginning with our recent release of the 2010 Rosé.
Everything is coming up Rosés
Saying the Rosé was well received last year is putting it mildly (we sold out in 6 weeks). It was gratifying to realize that, like us, some red wine drinkers were looking for a sophisticated and dry yet light and fun summer wine. This year, the theme for the Rosé was a little more. A little more volume, a little more complexity, a little more fruit intensity, and, dare I say it, a little more fun. Don’t wait for summer—even though we have made more this year, this wine won’t be around long! Find some at our online store, or better yet on your doorstep, if you join our new wine club in time for the next shipment on May 14th, see more below.
Join the Club (Everybody’s doing it)
For many years people have asked for a wine club, but we were reluctant to start one, owing to our small production and even smaller list of wines. Now, with new wines like our Rosé (298 cases), Chardonnay (230 cases), Petite Sirah (72 cases), and two new Oakville Cabernet projects (300 and 98 cases), we are finally club ready. Not only do you get first access to limited wines, club members also receive a 20% discount on all wine purchases. So if you can’t come out to see us in beautiful Yorkville, the next best way to keep up on current wines is to join the club.
Sausage and Syrah May 21st
We have a lot to celebrate and on this particular date we thought we would focus on our second club shipment and Sausage. The wines will be flowing freely, but there will be a special focus on our 2006 Syrah and 2010 Rose. Also Jay, our resident Sausage Guru, will be displaying his Spring delights and might even fire up the newly hand-crafted pizza oven. Please note that the release was originally going to be held the weekend before, but was pushed back due to a scheduling conflict.
Save the Date, October 1st
If you can’t make it in May, please make a note to join us for our big release party in the Fall. We will release our 2006 Bonny’s Vineyard Caberent (Joining us at the release or joining the Bonny’s Club could be the only way to get this very limited wine). Also be among the first to taste our new 2008 Oakville Cabernets (aka Fluffy Billows and Spitfire), 2010 Anderson Valley Chardonnay and Yorkville Highlands Petite Sirah.
| Spring Rains Fill the Ponds
Get it Before it's Gone!
Help Us Fire Up the New Oven.
Sausage May 21st
Pizza October 1st