Whew, what a wild ride it has been this year in the vineyards! As many of you remember this past March was HOT, and it tricked the vines into thinking that summer was just around the corner. The earlier varieties began pushing out their tender first shoots with complete disregard for the cold weather to come and took a bit of a hit from frost damage. After fruit set this year it became much more evident that a good number of vines were going to be taking the year off from providing any fruit...and were simply going through the motions to ensure their own survival! So as a result, obviously, we saw lower yielding croploads. But the fruit that was there became ripened earlier than we can remember (but we have horrible memories) and we took in the last of the grapes yesterday!
We finally...three years (almost) since we opened our doors...have an online
for you to order our wines: and in case you haven't been out for a visit to our tasting room in a while we have a HUGE selection of dry reds again! Just in the past two weeks we released 4 new wines:
The Merlot and Lemberger wines are new wines that we haven't bottled on their own before this release, those varieties were always used in our 4 Freds Red blend and in the 2007 Zenith. The Pinot Noir is our third release of this one, and is already showing to be every bit as good (better) than it's former versions. And the Dry Rose (made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes) is very reminiscent of the first Rose we ever bottled...delicate and crisp with strawberry notes.
On the horizon are a couple more releases of reds, namely a 2010 version of the premium ZENITH blend, and a smooth fruit-forward blend we are naming
With the holidays quickly approaching, and the warmth of the summer a fading memory, we hope to see you at the tasting throughout the slower winter months and we will be sure to keep you all informed as to when some of these new releases will be available. But in the meantime we have created an easy to view map of the stores who are currently selling our wines for your convenience:
See you soon!
The Zugibe Family