2015 is shaping up nicely!
Dry and warm winter moved hot summer. My sites are healthy after much needed rain came through this weekend.
We experienced the smoke from fires in the Okanagan area for two days then the wind changed direction showing clear skies with cooler temperatures allowing longer hang time.
Yates Conwill is pictured below and is looking perfect. Saffron Fields is also in beautiful condition and will probably be my first Pinot to be picked. Wind Hill, way up north of Banks, Oregon is healthy and should come in mid-September.
On my site, I have completed the first phase: the septic system (pictured) which as we all know, you need to have a place to go… I will be setting up a temporary work trailer to oversee the progress as we start early next year, sales dependent. So be sure to make an appointment well before coming by so that I can not only have Muck Boots in your size but also a construction helmet.
The 2013 vintage in Oregon ended up fine. There was a normal spring with “right on time” flowering and fruit set. Warm enough temperatures through the summer with just enough rain to keep things out of a high stress situation and then a bit of rain to keep it challenging during the physical harvest. White wines were not affected by the rains while some sites experienced more than others making it not only tough to get in and out of the vineyards but resulting in a bit of dilution in concentration.
That said, if you knew how to manage the plumped up berries, you made fine wines. I feel that all of my 2013s, whites and reds are exemplary. The wines from this vintage suffer no lack of ripeness and all have great length.
Grapes from Yates Conwill – note cluster size
New winery septic line
EIEIO’s new winery: Septic system in place
Taking samples pre-harvest