Winemaker Jeff Herinckx
What’s happening at the winery
Rain, rain, and more rain has been the theme of this spring, so far. We’ve had bud break in the vineyards, but it’s going very slowly right now. The rain won’t harm the vines or the buds, but progress will be slow until it becomes warm and sunny. We’ve been spoiled here in
Oregon the past few years; it’s quite common for us to have a cool, rainy spring and for the warm weather to hold off until June. Last year, and 2015, were unusually warm and sunny and dry.
Last month, we bottled some 2015 Pinot Noir, Rosé and Pinot Gris. These were all small batches that we bottled exclusively for the wine club. We’re working hard to come up with more ideas for interesting small lots for our wine club members; there’s never been a better time to join than now.
Greg and I traveled to Canada together, to explore the market there. We learned a lot – there are varieties there I’d never heard of before, just as they had never heard of Niagara (even in the region south of Toronto known as Niagara). Most of their wines are dry in style, the vineyards are large in comparison to what I’m accustomed to seeing, and there is probably a total of 150-200 wineries. I look forward to getting out onto the road more often and exploring areas of opportunity for us.
The 2016 Pinot Noir is in barrels. We recently tasted two of them, and I’m pleased with how it’s coming along so far. I hope to have it bottled by the end of the year.
The 2016 Pinot Gris is quite good, in my opinion. It has moderate acid and lots of fruit – especially tropical fruit, which is quite typical for Pinot Gris. At this point, we are still unsure of the release date.
Everything has been heat and cold-stabilized. There’s not much more for us to do with this vintage but to bottle it when ready. I was really pleased with how the 2016 vintages turned out. We’ve had good feedback, as well. In fact, the 2016 Chardonnay is already almost sold out.
What’s going on in April
In April, we plan to work on the blend for Toasted Cow, since we try to make the blend a little different each year. We also have two more wine club wines to bottle: Tempranillo (this will be the first time we ever offer this variety) and Syrah.
When the rain stops and the grounds dry out a little, we’ll so some spring cleaning around the property, to get it ready and looking nice for spring and summer visitors. If you’re in the area, come by and say hello. If it’s sunny out, you can enjoy some wine out on the lawn. If it’s rainy, feel free to make yourself at home in our tasting room.
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