I have officially sold out of the 2006 Pinot Noir except for a few bottles in the smaller, 375ml size. Sales have been brisk, especially after our local newspaper, The Beachcomber, did a feature story on the wine. You can read the story at http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/vashon/vib/lifestyle/19295354.html. The story is well written and captures the excitement of producing this wine from locally grown grapes.
I have been very busy selling the Tramp Harbor Red (THR) and just the other day blended up a new batch, similar but different. This THR(2) is made of four barrels: one of ’06 Cabernet Franc, one each of ’05 Merlot and ’05 Cabernet Sauvignon and finally a barrel of the previous blend; kind of like the solera system used to blend different vintages in the production of Sherry.
The cool weather is a concern for this year’s harvest as everything is late, though I think it all depends on what happens in the warmer, dryer months coming up.
The cooler weather has been good for new vines planted recently….lots of vegetative growth. About three weeks ago, Beth and Henry, and my wife, Ginny, and I planted a new vineyard at Beth and Henry’s home on 216th, off of Monument Road, about a thousand feet from the Pinot Noir Vineyard.
Some other goings on: Michael Meade gave a very interesting lecture/concert. We had almost 40 people seaed in the winery while Michael sat in front of the cooler. He lectured, he led us in song, he played his drum and he read poetry by Rumi and Hafiz, 14th Century Muslims who often included wine and its symbolism in their poems. He titled his talk, “The Soul of Wine”.
I have a new blended wine of half Merlot and half Cabernet Franc that I hope to bottle and release it in August. I plan to call it Right Bank red as it emulates the wines grown in the St. Emilion district of France. The wine is beautifully blanced with good acidity and good fruit. It is not rich but rather pretty showing the complementary nature of these two grapes; the Cabernet Franc is more linear and gives the wine length of flavor and a wonderful herbal, leaf character. The Merlot gives the wine wine great fruitiness and weight with flavors of plum and cherry.
And lastly, we are about to bottle our new 2006 Chasselas Dore, Vashon Island-grown.
That’s all….I’ve got to go…pick up some more bottles and get all of this exciting wine into bottle.