Yesterday we had a great day bottling our 2009 pinot noirs. We managed to get all three bottlings done in just under 5 hours. Next up – we get to start tasting in anticipation of an official release date. P.S. Anyone notice anything different about the labels this year? Put a note in the comments.
As we announced last week, we’re ecstatic to be sourcing our 2010 Anderson Valley pinot noir fruit from the legendary Rich Savoy. Check out our video below from our first meeting with Rich earlier in the summer. And stay tuned for more updates as we move into harvest season. If you can’t see the video below, [...]
This morning we’re on our way south to visit the source of our new Santa Lucia Highlands vineyard for the last time before the 2010 harvest. As we’re battling traffic, caffeine overdose, screaming kids and their raging DVD selection conflict in the back row, we thought now would be a good time to formally announce [...]
Sometimes writing for this blog is a real pleasure. The words flow, the stories gel, and the positive feedback makes it all worthwhile. Other times, I’d rather be sentenced to a good old fashioned caning than have to sit here and force the prose out like I’m passing a kidney stone. Today is a golf ball [...]
I almost fell backwards off the ladder and onto my ass. My involuntary yelp startled the forklift operator who reflexively reached halfway out of his cab to pull the emergency stop on the conveyor belt. The grapes piled up accordion style, then came to a brisk halt. Everyone was looking at me. I had barely [...]
Wine blogger Keith Hoffman at Brain Wines updated his review of our 2008 Doctor’s Vineyard Pinot Noir after re-tasting the wine recently. Here’s what he said back in November 2009: Nose: Crisp, plum-steeped, spring water. Elegant leathers. Light lavender. Violets. Candy. Taste: Clean, amazingly so. Smooth plum and light spice. Mature earth. Mature cherry. Perfect structure and sexy mouthfeel. Overall: [...]
Last week, we had a blast blending our 2009 Rockpile Zinfandel. Check out our short video below. If you can’t see the video, please click here. P.S. If you need a refresher on the origin of the galette references, please click here.
Sure, Kerith can run a half-marathon in under 1:45 and burn through 1,500 calories. Shoot, anyone can do that. But it takes a real competitor – a man’s man – to ingest that many calories in the short time between dropping your wife at the starting line and picking her up at the finish. And I am just [...]
I really enjoyed my month long anesthesia vacation, I mean “rotation,” during my surgical internship. It was a nice break from general surgery. Nobody threw sharp instruments at your head when you misidentified a blood vessel. The hours were better. You could flip through a trashy magazine, hidden inside the cover of the New England [...]
I’ve never had a 100-point wine. I’ve had a slew of wines that have scored in the 90-94 point range (which fall into the Outstanding category) and even a few that have reached 95 or 96 points (which are considered Classic). But I’ve never had a 100-point wine. A lot of people, especially inside the wine industry, discount [...]
In an upcoming post, I’ll be regaling you with the enthralling story of winery compliance and state and federal registration. In the interim, we thought you’d all enjoy seeing this fabulous sign which is legally required to hang right outside our front door for the next 30-days in order to register our home office. And for [...]
Check out a brief video of this year’s pinot noir blending session below. If you can’t see the video, please click here. By now you all know that blending is the art of winemaking. As you blend, taste, and spit, you strive to craft a composite wine that outshines each component individually. What one wine lacks in [...]
The pinot noir was tepid and so was the sauvignon blanc. The bucolic serenity of sprawling grapevines harmonized with guttural spews of exhaust. A serpentine parade of FedEx trucks stretched from the “Welcome! Tasting Room Open!” sign on the gravel road to a nearby storage shed, each transport vehicle awaiting full palates of wine shipments. [...]
For those of you who may think that winemaking is a glamorous gig, our winemaker Clay Mauritson proves otherwise in this great shot from the 2009 harvest. You’ll be drinking that pile of de-stemmed fruit in just a few short months – it’s our 2009 Rockpile Zinfandel! As a reminder: With summer travel in full swing for [...]