Following what were arguably two of the more challenging harvests in recent memory, the 2012 harvest was completed under almost ideal conditions. After a wet spring that lasted well into June, the spigot turned off for the remaining summer months of July, August, and September, leading to some near-drought conditions. While the vines started to experience some water stress by October, most of us in the Willamette Valley were delighted with the warm, sunny conditions. Harvest occurred on October 13 in the Kiff Vineyard, and on October 17th in the Johnson Ridge Vineyard. The incoming fruit was the prettiest I have seen since I started in this business (1997 was my first harvest) so sorting was mostly a non-event. The weather during harvest continued to be unseasonably warm, allowing us the almost unheard of privilege of continuing to wear shorts and t-shirts. The resulting wines are in barrel, malolactic fermentation is complete, and they are already displaying amazing color and texture! We are looking forward to balanced, dark wines with hedonistic fruit and ripe, velvety tannins. We are ecstatic about what we have in barrel; these wines won’t be available until the summer of 2014, but they’ll definitely be worth the wait!
Pinot Noir clone 667 in Kiff Vineyard