We are all finished up with the 2010 Crush. All the grapes have been harvested, crushed and the press has been retired until next year. A few difficult lots remain in the tanks as we coax them along and begin monitoring malolactic fermentation. The rest of the wine has been barreled down to the cellar.
The year has been a cool one; state-wide temperatures have been mild this summer which delayed the grapes development in the vineyard. We experienced varieties ripening anywhere from two weeks to a month later then in previous years. I am extremely pleased with the quality of the fruit of our first crop off the estate: The Button & Turkovich Vineyard. I have been anxiously waiting a few years to start making wine from the Roussanne and Mourvedre blocks as well as a new clone of Tempranillo. While some cooler growing regions in California struggle, in Winters, the fruit has been some of the best in recent years. Our vines had plenty of time to develop rich, full flavors while the cool weather meant the grapes held onto the bright acidity. All in all, the 2010 vintage could produce the best wines to ever come out of the Winters area.