Harvest approaches and our fruit is ahead of where it was in 2012, due to the warm dry winter and spring. Our growers (Stan at Devoto Gardens for our Pinot Noir, and Jon at Inspiration Vineyard for our Chardonnay) scrambled to irrigate during mid July heat that reached the 90s. But it has since cooled off and things are slowing; we’ll see what September brings! Devoto Gardens: clone 667 at left (planted 2009), clone 828 at right (planted 2006). Note characteristic verticality of the 828. Veraison at about 70-80% in the 667 block (and the 115 block, also a young canopy) two weeks back; not as far along in the 828. Exposed (southern) side of the Chardonnay at Inspiration, carrying more protective leaves. Quadrilateral training, harder to stay on top of what’s going on inside the canopy, but Jon has rot and mildew well in check. Putting veraison at 70% as of two weeks back. Will be asking Jon to drop fruit on these shorter shoots, which is unlikely to fully ripen.
Join us at one of the year’s biggest tastings, the Family Winemakers of California San Francisco tasting at Fort Mason, August 17th and 18th. Hundreds of California wineries and family-owned goodness. You may also buy wine at the table if you find something you like. We’ll be pouring our 2011 Pinot Noirs and our just-released 2012 Russian River Chardonnay. Hope to see you!
We’re very pleased to mention that San Francisco’s acclaimed Bi-Rite Market is now carrying our 2011 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard, in both stores — here in the neighborhood on Divisadero St., as well as at their flagship 18th street shop. Why not pick up a bottle for dinner tonight?
The San Francisco International Wine Competition was held this month. It is the country’s largest competition, with 52 judges tasting 4500+ wines from 1400+ wineries, representing 30 countries and 29 states. In 2013 only 4% of the wines entered received double gold, an award given to a wine where judges are unanimous in giving it a gold medal. In the Pinot Noir category, 250+ wines were awarded medals — but only 10 received double gold. We are pleased to share that the Wait Cellars 2011 Russian River Pinot Noir was awarded double gold. We are also pleased to share that the Wait Cellars 2011 Green Valley Pinot Noir, Devoto Garden Vineyard, was awarded silver. Click here for a complete list of competition results.