Archive for October, 2009
October 31st, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
October 30th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
October 29th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
Checking out the wines of the new vintage. Four of the five lots have been pressed off and are ready for barrel. We will press off the last lot tomorrow morning. The wines are really tasting nice, somewhere between the 2007 and 2008 vintages, but closer to the 2008.
October 28th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
We continue to receive wonderful comments on TripAdvisor. Thank you, Everyone. Here is another pic from one of our guests.
October 26th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
Thank you Dave and Pam.
October 24th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
More kind words from one our our guests. Thank you Brad and Kelly.
“We just returned from 3 nights at Youngberg Hill. I can’t express how amazing this place is. The hosts are great, the food was great, the service was great, and the view is incredible! One of the best places we’ve stayed. Be sure to taste their Jordan Block Pinot Noir. As good as any you’ll find in Oregon. We had to bring a bottle back. We’ll definitely be back!”
October 22nd, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
Our guests are enjoying a tour in the vineyard to be followed by a winery tour and barrel tasting of our 2008s.
The 2009s are in fermentation and part of the Natasha Block is ready to press off. The wines are tasting delicious.
October 20th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
We have been busy this week giving winery tours to guests at the Inn who are interested in the wine making process, barrel taste wines and those just out of fermentation, and to experience crush. The Natasha Block lots are about 80% through fermentation except for one lot that we had left in cold soak for three more days. The Jordan fruit just started fermentation yesterday. The wines are looking wonderful so far.
Work continues in the vineyard as we are sowing ground cover between vine rows, planting replacement plants in the Camelot Block, wire work in the Aspen Block, and beginning maintenance on trellises and vines in the two older blocks.
We love it when our guests are engaged with us in the process whether it be in the vineyard, the winery, or the Inn. We love sharing what we do.
October 19th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
OK, taking 3 young children to the winery all at the same time with the expectation of doing something productive was not a good plan but we had a fun time. Aspen really loves Joe.
We are taking several of our guests for a barrel tasting at the winery this afternoon.
October 18th, 2009 by Nicolette Bailey
2009 was the type of year in which when you say “This is not normal weather” really holds true. It started last winter when we had a three foot snow storm, the worst in over 40 years. The winter rainy season continued to be cooler than normal, but with a little less than normal precipitation. That means we went into the growing season late and dry. However, our aquifer (subsoil moisture) was still pretty saturated, so for those of us who do not irrigate, we were not quite as concerned about the lack of rainfall.
Budbreak was about three weeks later than usual, which meant that the weather was better if a little cool. Temperatures continued cool through bloom and fruit set. While these events continued to occur three weeks late, the weather was moderate so bloom was even and complete, leading to excellent fruit set. Through June, temperatures continued to be cool and we did not make up any time. We were looking at a similar situation to 2008. Then July hit and then August and then September. Those months were unusual in that there were extreme peaks and valleys in terms of temperatures. Overall temperatures were slightly above norm, but not as hot as 2003 or 2004. But we did have higher peaks that fortunately did not last long.
What did that mean for the grapes? The fruit started to catch up to a normal timeline. The vines were not too stressed for water and the clusters were big and heavy, and there were so many of them, that we cropped three times. By mid-August we were close to normal timing and veraison had started. Veraison was relatively fast, even and complete, leaving us with beautiful fruit clusters. By the completion of veraison we were probably less than a week behind a normal growing season and in better position to ripen fruit than we were in 2008.
September weather was uneventful (a good thing) and we began to see flavors come in evenly with sugars and acids. By October, we were fairly on track, if the rains held off. They did. The first 12 days of October were cool (keeping brix down) and sunny (aiding the fruit to ripen). We harvested the Natasha Block on October 10th and the Jordan on the 11th, unusual only in that there is typically more time between harvesting the two blocks. But they were ready and rains were coming.
While the 2008 vintage seems to be shaping up in the barrel to possibly be the best ever, 2009 is not far behind and maybe only less outstanding by virtue of more variability amongst vineyards.