Hello Rascals! It’s hard to believe that we are once again on the doorstep of harvest! In fact, we have already brought in our first grapes – about 2 tons of Albariño. Because we experienced a moderate spring and early summer, we had anticipated ripening might be 2 or so weeks behind last year. In reality, with the warm August weather, some varieties have caught up; case in point, the 2021 Albarino was picked just five days later than in 2020.
This year’s continuing drought is another story altogether. As was the case in 2015, a similar drought year, we are seeing lower yields in general and a decline in berry size overall. The lower vine yields might actually have an effect on accelerating the “catch up” rate of some varietals – this remains to be seen.
The silver lining here is that with reduced yields and berry size, we will hopefully see more concentrated flavors, with a lower juice-to-skin ratio, and thus, an elegant vintage as a result. As was the case last year, we feel extremely fortunate and blessed that we haven’t been affected by the fires in California – we daily send thoughts and prayers to our Norcal friends and colleagues.
Look forward to seeing some exciting new wine releases over the next 6 months – the Venture label remains true to its name – seeking unusual varieties, pushing the proverbial “envelope,” and playing in the field of “natural winemaking”. Meanwhile, Carhartt Family Wines (CFW) is moving toward 100% estate-grown wines, a dream long in the making. In August, we bottled our first estate Graciano – a new varietal in our family portfolio of wines.
As always, we look forward to seeing you in our tasting room, here at the winery, at the Retreat at 11 Oaks, or at one of our events. Keep in touch, stay tuned, and thank you for your continued support and loyalty.