With the warm, dry winter of 2013-2014 leading into a warm, dry spring and summer, veraison is well underway in the North Coast. These shots from late July show Devoto Garden in Sonoma’s cool Green Valley over 50%, about 10-12 days ahead of 2013, which was also a warm, dry growing season. Am expecting to pick shortly after Labor Day. In 2011, we picked this fruit on October 4th! Nets went up last week against this guy and his smaller, air-born brethren, all very interested in the ripening fruit…
Tuesday, July 22, 2014Posted by Bobat 3:33 pmin blog0 comments
Venerable wine writer and critic Pierre Dumont of the Piedmont Post has compiled his list of top ten Pinots from last month’s Pinot Days San Francisco event, and we’re pleased to say our 2011 Russian River Pinot is on that list. Full text of the article is here. How can you get a bottle of this stuff? Join our always low-key wine club, or send me a note — we will be having a release sales event next month, and as part of that we will make some of our 2011 Russian River available to those on our broader mailing list.
We’re pleased to announce that our 2011 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard, received a gold medal at this years San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2012 vintage of that same wine, which has not yet been formally released, received a silver medal. One of the largest competitions in the world, over 4500 wines from 1400 wineries were evaluated. Last year, the 2011 Green Valley received silver as a young wine, just shortly before it was released — we entered it again this year, and the gold medal received this year reflects it’s maturation in bottle. We expect a similar trajectory for our 2012! Our 2011 Russian River Pinot Noir received double-gold in last years competition, and we did not re-enter it this year.
Please join us this weekend for two of summer’s most delightful events: Pinot Days San Francisco, Saturday June 21st, from 12-5pm at the Metreon, is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world! There is no better way to survey your favorite grape, and as a friend of Wait Cellars you may receive 33% off the current ticket price: just use the discount code WCLSF14 when buying tickets here. Stop by our table and say hello! On Sunday June 22nd, 6pm-9pm, come to CUESA’s annual summer harvest/solstice celebration and be prepared to sample some of the tastiest bites you’ll have all summer! At both of these events we’ll be pouring our 2012 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard, due to be released in July. Club members have already had the opportunity to taste this vintage, now you can too prior to our July release sale. Wine Enthusiast has rated this wine a 93 (in the forthcoming September issue), and see what the Prince of Pinot has to say.
Put this massive tasting for the public and trade in your calendar, it is a unique opportunity to taste through hundreds of brilliant California wines, all under one roof. Tickets just went on sale here. Note the new location this year — the San Mateo Event Center.