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Winery News January 2012

Welcome to winter in the winery.  

Open for tastings in January and February
We will be open for tastings on January 28 and 29 as well as February 11, 12, 25, and 26.  On February 11 and 12, we will be celebrating Wine Lover’s Weekend along with the other members of The Summit Wineries, a group of wineries located in close proximity in the Summit Road area.   We’ll be tasting our latest releases, and we will have all the important c-words: cheese, crackers, chocolate, and more chocolate! 
2011 Harvest--A look back and a look ahead
We asked our winemakers, John Overstreet and Neil Perrelli, to describe 2011 from a winemaker perspective and to make some predictions about the harvest.

“What a year!  The growing season started out with late spring rains and continued with cool-to-moderate temperatures.  The early rains happened during bloom and resulted in less than average fertilization.  Since not every flower turned into a grape, we knew that yields would be down a bit.  But, then we had an unseasonably high amount of rain late in the growing season. This had the potential to cause havoc on the grapes as swollen fruit can dilute the flavors and sugars or, worse, split the grape skins which makes them susceptible to rot,” explains John.

“We worked very closely with our growers, talking with them daily to discuss weather reports and to plan, and re-plan, the picking schedule.  While we are always selective about our grapes, the picking process was a more labor intensive task than in past years as each cluster had to be inspected to insure it was rot-free,” adds Neil. “While yields throughout Northern California were down, the resulting wines should be delicious–full of fruit and perhaps a bit lower in alcohol level.”

2011 Vintages

This year, we are excited about the addition of a Zinfandel and a high-elevation Cabernet vineyard.  Our 2011 vintages will include:
  • Cabernet Santa Cruz Mountains (two different vineyards)
  • Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Merlot Carneros
  • Pinot Noir Santa Cruz Mountains
  • Syrah Santa Clara Valley
  • Syrah Rosé  Santa Clara Valley
  • Zinfandel Santa Clara Valley
Silver Medal Merlot
We are pleased to announce that the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has awarded a Silver medal to our 2009 Merlot Reserve Carneros Moon Vineyard. Hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle, this is the largest competition of American Wines in the World and is recognized for its participation by the most distinguished judges in the country.  More than 60 judges, including winemakers, sommeliers, wine educators, bloggers, and members of the media, evaluated the wines. The field of entries included a record-setting 5500 wines.   For more information, visit

April Wine Club shipment
Our next Wine Club shipment will occur in April.  Have you signed up yet?

Now shipping to...
We have expanded our shipping area to include Arizona, California, Florida, Minnesota, and Washington D.C.  Let your friends know! 

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