The 2011 harvest was definitely one of those hurry up and wait seasons. We were one of the first wineries in the valley, if not the first, to bring in fruit, our Estate sauvignon blanc, on September 15th.
|Estate sauvignon blanc through the press|
|Celilo Vineyard Chardonnay|
|Champoux Vineyard Block 1|
All in all we ended up with right around 109 tons of fruit for the 2011 vintage. Both Rick and Kevin seem to be excited about the fruit we did get from this cooler, later vintage, and are excited about the wines we will see down the road.
"This vintage reminds me most of 1984 followed then by 1991 and 1993. The wines are sure to be different but they will be good from good producers. I believe I told someone else that the wines will be more like the wines we used to make 25 years ago; like left bank Bordeaux possibly" - Rick Small