Harvest Report - September 14th, 2019
2019 has been a roller coaster of a summer and early fall. After a beautiful and mild summer, punctuated by showers and temperatures in the low 80’s, we prepared for a later and cooler harvest. In a surprising turn of events, a short heat wave at the beginning of September pushed us quickly into harvest preparations and early sampling showed the potential for starting harvest on September 12th. As we geared up for another warm early harvest, the first full weekend of the month brought some heavy rain to the area and significant cooling. We now sit in mid-September, bins cleaned, tanks ready for grapes, and an eager team anticipating a classical Oregon harvest - cool nights, intermittent rain, and bursts of warm, drying sun offering picking windows.
This vintage reminds us that at the end of the day we are farmers, working our hardest throughout the year to prepare for what fall brings. Oregon is known for its cool weather and we welcome the ethereal and bright wines we are able to make from this harvest. If all goes according to plan, which we can tell you from experience it rarely does during harvest, we will begin picking on Saturday the 14th, before the next set of rain drops cool the grapes and wait us out till the next window. We look forward to sharing these wines with you in the coming years and will be working tirelessly over the next 6 weeks to turn the 2019 vintage into the beautiful wines you’ve come to know and love from Nicolas-Jay.