Harvest 2018 and Bottling 2017’s

Harvest 2018 is just around the corner! Take a look at our beautiful Pinot Noir grapes on the Stanly Ranch property in Carneros. They are ripening fast and will likely be harvested around Labor Day. That is often when we start the real laboring- picking in the middle of the night, sorting, stomping, tasting, pressing and so on. It is hard work, yet so exhilarating! Anyone feeling the urge to get their feet stained, call us up. We have work for you!Before all the picking begins we will be bottling the remaining 2017 wines. 10 different reds; mostly for Abiouness and a few for some dear friends. This has to be the most stressful time for winemakers. Anyone would agree. We carefully rack the wine out of the barrels (see below) and decide if the lot is perfect as is or needs a little blending. Glass, corks, labels and foils need to be ordered well in advance with enough to go around. Often something unpleasant happens- you run out of corks, not enough labels were printed, bottles break on the line, extra labels get put on, the line breaks down, the filters plug. All of our hard work making and aging the best wine possible could go downhill in a few hours. It is terrifying and rewarding all at once! I will breathe after August 28th. And we will have new wines for you.

The last bit of news is the release of our 2016 Stanly Ranch Pinot Noir. We have only 22 cases available and you get first dibs. I would not hesitate. It will be sold out by the end of the month. You can purchase that here. We will soon release some other wines for you and then begin preparing your Club shipments. For now, we are focused on bottling and harvesting. I will reach out again soon!

Cheers, Nicole