Harvest Kicks Off in the Willamette Valley
We harvested our first Pinot Noir yesterday for the 2017 vintage and we're excited for what looks to be our best vintage to date! The first two blocks on our harvest schedule have some of our favorite old vine fruit: Block 4 from our Bishop Creek estate vineyard and Knight's Gambit, an own-rooted site in the Dundee Hills.
After a beautiful, warm summer, the Willamette Valley received four days of rain, more than we ideally like to see at the start of harvest. However, upon sampling the grapes, we found them looking (and tasting!) fantastic. I believe the vintage will benefit from the slowdown in ripening as we approach October. We are now looking at 15 days of sunshine, warm days and cool nights: Pinot Noir's favorite ripening conditions.
We will pick several beautiful sites this week and through the weekend. Watch our Instagram feed for photos of the team in action as we bring 2017 from vine to wine!
- Tracy Kendall, Associate Winemaker
Image above: Bishop Creek Vineyard in the early morning light.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Jean-Nicolas and his team at Domaine Méo-Camuzet have finished picking and fermentations are well underway. Despite a challenging winter, yields throughout Burgundy were higher than expected, and winemakers in the region are generally optimistic about the 2017 vintage.
Jean-Nicolas will experience a second harvest this year when he joins the Nicolas-Jay team for harvest early next month.