Harvest 2017 Club Newsletter
I am seated in SFO International Terminal heading to Montreal and I have moment to reflect on Fire, Harvest, and Future.
I am amazed at the monumentous effort the Sonoma County Community has put forth to recover from the Fire Disaster. It has never been more apparent, when in serious crisis, that the community cannot expect their needs to be met solely by the greater authority, rather it was the community that rose up, the volunteers, who continue to be the engine of care for the displaced. If you are of a mind to, please seek to support the efforts of Land Paths Meal and Heal (landpaths.org), CAwinestrong.com, or other organized efforts focused on the Fire Victims.
With Grace, all of my Harvest was in before the fire. High Temperatures of 110 degrees (F) in late August disturbed an otherwise ideal growing year. Harvest was swift and fast to get completion before quality further degraded. And some of my biggest challenges came on the crushpad in the form of unexpected twists and turns during fermentation yet I find I have some of my best wines coming from the creativity needed in those moments!
A Sommelier from Montreal came to work with me for 3 weeks and it was great to have his palate through all those changes on the crushpad. Upon the final barrel samples we celebrated as the wines from 2017 are remarkable yet they didn’t start out that way.
Now I begin an incredible three week focus on the natural wine market, first in Quebec, then to the 2nd Annual Raw Wine Fair in New York City, finally to the 1st Annual Raw Wine Fair in Los Angeles. I will be showing people from across the world the wines that you have immediate membership access to! Thank you for being an essential part of what I do.
The Wine Club is now a twice a year activity and Susan and I bring to you the most interesting things before anyone else sees them. Thank you
Our Fall Wine Club Offering
2012 Carignane (care-in-yon) 1929 Block
Ripe, rich and fruit driven, it is a curious red that provokes intense sensory curiosity! The vineyard was planted in 1929 in Dry Creek Valley and continues to this day. Two years in Barrel, and now three years in bottle.
Dark, full bodied, blackberries, black cherries, olive oil, chocolate, leather. This is cool climate Syrah showing all of its brighter components, ripe flavors but low alcohol (12%). Two years in barrel and now three years in bottle.
2008 Folderol 50% Zinfandel, Dry Creek / 50% Abouriou, Russian River Valley
Zinfandel, perfect companion to Abouriou, adding spice, bramble and dark berries to the rare grapes electrifying, juicy, tart, red fruit. This is about to sell out in Quebec but we have enough to show you. So much flavor while having so much restraint (12% Alcohol). Ttwo years in barrel, this one now has seven years in bottle!
Sometimes - Sheenagh Pugh
Sometimes things don't go, after all,
from bad to worse. Some years, muscadel
faces down frost; green thrives; the crops don't fail,
sometimes a man aims high, and all goes well.
A people sometimes will step back from war;
elect an honest man, decide they care
enough, that they can't leave some stranger poor.
Some men become what they were born for.
Sometimes our best efforts do not go
amiss, sometimes we do as we meant to.
The sun will sometimes melt a field of sorrow
that seemed hard frozen: may it happen for you.