Hello everyone! As I'm sure you're all aware, Vintage 2018 is just around the corner! I was out at the vineyard two weeks ago to check out how the whites are coming along, and maes sure everything's on track with establishing the Cabernet Sauvignon that was planted last year. I'm pleased to say, everything is looking in fantastic condition. A HUGE shout out to our new vineyard crew (we'll have bios of them coming up soon)!
As many of you know, last year was our first crop from the white side of the vineyard. Thanks to some creative picking on the part of our former crew, it will be coming to you soon as our 2017 Field Blend-- a light, refreshing wine reminiscent of Portugal's Vinho Verde. We put it in bottle just last week, and my god is it decious. I'm so sorry that it isn't released yet, because it's my summer sipper hands down. We're just waiting on labels, but we'll try to get it into your hands as soon as possible.
In the meantime... as of two weeks ago, the grapes were not yet at veraison, but we did have fairly decent and even fruit set with just a bit of shatter (loose clusters with scant berries) on one of our Sauvignon Blanc clones. We have three different clones of SB out in the vineyard, and they each have a slightly different flowering, fruiting and ripening cycle. The shatter is likely a result of a wind event during flowering. The rest of the fruit is coming along nicely, though. I'm heading out to the vineyard again today-- I expect to find that we're fully into veraison by now, so that means it's just a few more weeks before we start bringing fruit in. This year, the only whites we're producing will be off our own vineyard. Get ready for Turkey Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Malvasia Bianca!
A row with the Chiricahua foothills in the background.
A nice looking cluster. Note that the shoot is beginning to lignify (turn woody).
Does anybody know what this insect is? Please e-mail me if you do! I think it's maybe a Filigree Skimmer, but I'm not sure!
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