2016 Harvest

The 2016 Harvest has come to a close! After the last grapes were pressed a few days ago, I sat down with the winemaking team to talk a little bit about what made this year different.  Some of you may remember that we expanded our plantings by 50% in 2015 by adding 100 additional acres of both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. This additional growth coupled with the earliest and most unexpected harvest in our history made for a uniquely challenging harvest season! With almost 296 additional tons to process from the newest section of the vineyard, we were required to double our processing equipment with the addition of a second harvester and a second press. With harvest beginning for the first time in the month of August, our head winemaker Jean-Michel Jussiaume has high praises for our awesome winemaking team:

“The anticipation and synergy between our team was at maximum efficiency. In addition, with our new wine press and harvester, we were able to pick and press our white wine at the perfect temperature to prevent oxidation in the extreme heat we experienced.”

Though the 2016 vintage won’t be truly defined for a few months, Jean-Michel says we can be sure to expect high brix in both reds and whites. The big and bold reds such as the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Syrah do particularly well in the heat, so we should expect some stellar red wine coming out of the 2016 vintage commander cialis france. As for the Pinot Noir, the newest planting is at the highest elevation of the estate vineyard, while the original planting is at the lowest. With different soil types, different clones, different planting dates, and varied elevations, our winemaking team looks forward to tasting the variety that our beautiful vineyard estate can bring, even within one varietal.

2016 Harvest Statistics:

Bud Break March 30 (Chardonnay)
Bloom May 16
Harvest August 27-October 8
First Fruit Chardonnay, block 5
Last Fruit Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Verasion July 14 (Pinot Noir)

I don’t know about you…but I can’t wait to taste the Del Rio 2016 vintage! Until then…the 2013’s will do.

Cheers!

Mary Beth

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