Harvest 2013 is here!

August 29, 2013

We began harvest this week by bringing in just a little bit of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Viognier to make our 2013 Rose Cuvee! This is the first time the Rose Cuvee has ever come in before the Chardonnay, which is a testament to the perfection of the weather we’ve been seeing in Sonoma Valley this year.

ImageThe pickers started at daybreak so we could bring the fruit in cold, allowing us to gently extract only a little bit of color from the skins.

We pick the grapes for the Rose from the same blocks that we take our Cuvee Alis from, taking one or two clusters from each vine now and leaving the rest for later. Taking some grapes off the vines to make the Rose allows the remaining grapes to mature more fully, giving the Cuvee Alis darker color and a deeper flavor profile. The grapes taste outstanding, this is going to be a Rose to remember!