Last of the Fruit from Los Carneros and Oakville Estate Harvested by October 19th, and in Barrel or Tank Shortly After
Once again, Northern California has had another grape harvest that unfortunately coincided with a massive wildfire. It cannot be stressed enough how much we appreciate our first responders for their remarkable efforts and dedication. Our hearts go out to anyone experiencing any loss from the Kincade fire. Vine Cliff was extremely lucky on several fronts. Our estate vineyard is located about 20 miles to the south of the blaze. While we could clearly see the smoke plume, it never worked its way to the winery. The last of the fruit was harvested on October 19th which was just about a week before the fire broke out so we had the entire vintage either safely in barrels down in our caves or in tank protected from any contaminants that might have been in the air. We were extremely fortunate in that the entire production team stayed safe aside from tolerating few power outages and the wines were unharmed from any kind of smoke damage.
We’ve now reached one of the most coveted days of harvest. The last of the wines have finished fermenting in tank and are being pressed and put to barrel today, November 4th. The winemaking team can pause and take a collective breath (maybe enjoy a cold beer) with the satisfying feeling of another vintage in barrel. We still have a lot of work to do as the wines continue to ferment the last little bit of sugar in barrel, but now we are on our own pace and the long days are no more. The 2019 wines are showing quite a bit of promise and we are eager for you to try them when the time arrives.
Rich Frederick, Winemaker, November 4th, 2019