January 2018

Winemaker Jeff Herinckx

What’s happening at the winery
The holidays were a blur – we were very busy here at the winery, making sure all of our customers had the wine they needed in order to host festive get-togethers. January is usually a time for us to focus on our new vintage wines, but we’ve had some equipment trouble that has slowed us down a bit. It’s all par for the course, and we’ll have all of our systems up and running here again in no time.

In the meantime, the weather is more mild than usual. After a brief cold snap, we’re now seeing temperatures into the 50s. At this time last year, we had a foot of snow on the ground! I put some small lots of White Pinot Noir, Rosé and Müller-Thurgau outside in stainless steel barrels, hoping for cold weather that would promote cold-stabilization, but it’s not happened yet.

Pinot Report
The 2017 Pinot Noir is currently sitting in barrels. I added some oak to it and it’s currently going through malolactic fermentation. Even though temperatures aren’t cold enough for cold-stabilization, they aren’t warm enough to promote malolactic fermentation, so I had to warm up the wine in order to get that started, to 64 degrees. Years ago, we’d just wait for summer to arrive, but we now have technology available to help with that. Our current release of Pinot Noir is the 2016 Willamette Valley.

The 2017 Pinot Gris is waiting for cold-stabilization. After completing two tanks worth, we ran into issues with our cooling unit. Once it’s up and running again, I’ve got three more tanks to complete. Our current release of Pinot Gris is the 2015.

How is White Pinot Noir different than Rosé?
The difference is in the way we collect the juice from the fruit. The White Pinot Noir is the free flow that we collect before the grapes are pressed. The Rosé is the juice that we collect while pressing the fruit.

What’s going on in January
The Tempranillo is selling very well in the tasting room. If you’d like to try some, I suggest coming to see us soon. Once it’s gone, it’s gone until the next go-around.

We plan to bottle some Niagara and then cold-stabilize and filter the whites I mentioned earlier once our equipment issues are resolved.

Events at the winery have been lots of fun. Now that the holidays are over, we are back to hosting Happy Hour in the tasting room every other Thursday at 4:00 PM. On Saturday afternoons, we either host BINGO or a photography class. Check out our event page for details. We hope to see you soon!

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