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Looking Back at the 2011 Harvest

posted Jan 9, 2012, 12:46 PM by Dan Morgan
Grapes going into the wine press
With our 2010 varietals nearly ready to be bottled, we wanted to update everyone on what’s happening with the 2011 harvest.

As with our initial vintage, we made it a priority to again procure Caldwell fruit for our flagship Inspiration Red proprietary blend of Cabernet and Syrah. As is typical for this fruit, this crop was not picked until November 3rd, giving it additional time on the vine. The 2011 fruit embodies all the bold characteristics we have come to expect from this premium Caldwell vineyard.

We were also fortunate to partner with the J. Rickards vineyard again, and got our hands on some 2011 old vine Zinfandel fruit, which was planted in 1908. During 2011, those who visited the winery were able to taste a barrel sample of our 2010 old vine Zinfandel and we received incredible reviews. Its sure to be a tasting room favorite when it gets bottled in the near future.

By popular demand, we decided to produce a Chardonnay for 2011. After sampling fruit from a variety of Northern California vineyards, we decided on an exceptional fruit from the Russian River Valley in Windsor. The fruit was picked in late September, and we chose to incorporate some old-world techniques, popular in the Burgundy region of France, to craft a smooth, rich, creamy style of Chardonnay. This traditional process includes barrel fermentation in French Oak, lees aging, and malolactic fermentation. We are very happy with the fermentation progress and are expecting this varietal to have a soft creamy mouth feel and a long finish.

You can see some pictures from the 2011 harvest here.