Meet Bobcat Run!

October 20, 2011



Yesterday we picked the Syrah and Grenache from Bobcat Run. This vineyard gets its’ name from a bobcat that lives in the adjacent grove of trees. Because of the surrounding forest, this is a relatively cool site, which is ideal for producing Rhone reds with strong camphor and charcuterie characters.

It was very cool and foggy this morning, so it’s good that we picked this block yesterday before the botrytis took our yield down even further. The Grenache is on the right in this picture, and the Syrah is on the left.

Only about half of this vineyard is planted to Rhone reds. If you walk straight back along the rows in the picture above, you will come to a second block that is planted to Petite Verdot, which is destined to become a component in our Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

This area is a little more exposed and therefore a little warmer than the area that is planted to Syrah and Grenache, which makes it suitable for this Bordeaux variety. If you were to walk through the trees on the right, you would head up a steep hill that would eventually take you to the Montana Vista block.

Be sure to check back tomorrow to find out more about how we are processing all of the tiny lots of grapes we’ve just brought in!

To visit the Amapola Creek Winery main site, please click here.


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