Just thought I would share our little piece of heaven. May in Wine Country is perhaps my favorite. The vines are green, fruit is setting, the weather is perfect and by early June the 6 weeks of intense vineyard work comes to an end. After two fires in the last three years and a flood in the Barlow a little over a year ago, sure hope we have a non eventful rest of the year…but still 1/2 the normal rainfall. We are installing a generator for our home this year in case we get fires or PG&E blackouts like last year.
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2018 Turtle Vines Pinot Noir. For us, 2018 was our best harvest and we think one of our best vintages to date. The harvest was the end of September, which was later than normal. Cooler temperatures resulted in a fermentation that was almost twice as long as average. This produced a delicate and light strawberry colored wine with aromas of fresh red fruit followed by flavors of raspberry and cherry complimented by a hint of oak. Very easy to cozy up to (or shelter in place with) and pairs nicely with food. We think so much of this wine, that we are entering it in our first big wine event, the “2020 International Women’s Wine Competition”. This wine was to be served at our daughter’s wedding this month which, unfortunately, had to be postponed until the end of 2021 due to the Corona Virus.
For the first time ever, we are offering Joanne’s Sauvignon Blanc for sale. If you have been to our home, these are the vines in the front and side of the house. This is not your ordinary Sauvignon Blanc. While most Sauvignon Blanc is primarily made from Clone 1, ours includes Rochioli and Musque’ Clones to reduce the classic citrus/grassy flavor while giving it more of a flavor of white stone fruit. We soak it on its skins for 12 hours to develop a lovely color and it goes through a secondary fermentation, so it has a smoother mouthfeel than a traditional Sauvignon Blanc. I think you will enjoy this flavor profile. We are limiting sales of this wine to 3 bottles per order while supplies last.
If you haven’t purchased in a while, we changed our packaging in 2017. Our son Vaughn took his original label design and integrated it to a painted bottle. On top of that, to prevent cork issues, we have converted to a glass stopper. Not only is the wine wonderful, but the bottles are keepsakes!
It is hard to believe, but it has been 10 years since we planted the vineyard. Spring is my favorite time as the young vines are a lush green and flowering/fruit set is just around the corner. Even with all the hard work, we can’t forget to enjoy the beauty of everything that surrounds us.
Bottles are $25 for the Sauvignon Blanc and $34 for the Pinot Noir (which includes tax) plus shipping. Minimum order 3 bottles. Orders of 6 or 12 will receive a discount of 50% off shipping.
Just like bud break, flowering is early this year. I attribute it to the lack of water early in the season. In fact we are only about 1/2 of our rainfall for the 2019/20 rainy season and even worse if you just look at 2020. But…I really don’t want it to rain heavy or be cold and windy for the next 3 weeks to ensure we have a good fruit set. We put up a second fruit wire in February so I’m hoping to have 40% more clusters this year…will see soon.