From the Winemaker
Notes from the Cellar:
The wines from the 2010 harvest are living up to their potential. These exceptional wines are resting comfortably in oak barrels just waiting for their 2012 debut. The Cab Franc and Cab Sauvignon have a balance of bright fruit and acidity. These wines will be amazing, the best vintage in New England’s History.
On the heels of our 2010 harvest success is the anticipation of our 2010 sparkling wine. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend for our Estate Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir is crafted in the French méthode champenoise (traditional champagne method).
The Sauvignon Blanc, and Malbec/Merlot Rosé from Chile are about to be bottled and will be released in the next couple of weeks. The reds, Malbec, Syrah, Cab Frac, Cab Sauv and Carmenere have just been moved to barrels; the tannins are softening and these are terrific. We are really excited about our Chilean wines. Their bold appeal compliments our Estate wines.
Notes from the Vineyard:
Half of our Estate grape vines were replaced this year, making way for Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and more Cabernet Franc, as well as a rejuvenation of the Chardonnay.
2010 has been a challenge for the mature vines in the vineyard. Heavy and frequent spring and fall rains frustrate all elements of vineyard management, but the recent Indian summer is giving the fruit the boost it needs to ripen. Tuesday we will harvest the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for our sparking wine. The other varietals will be harvested in the coming weeks. Acidity is low, so when the sugar reaches the desired brix, they are ready to go!
October 7, 2011