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Harvest Update - September 2014

And we thought 2013 was an early year! We officially kicked off this year's harvest on August 29th, just one day earlier than last year, and have been picking non-stop since. Almost all of the Rhone varietals have been picked and sent off to their new 'homes' in the cellars of Favia, Keplinger, Gallica, Tribute to Grace, Dirty and Rowdy and our personal favorite, Yorba! This vintage is already showing intense color and very structured flavors.

We are very excited to announce that our 2014 Greco di Oro is safely in the barrel and as exotic as ever!  A whopping 1.2 tons were harvested which will equal about 60 cases of this popular white wine to be released in 2016.  That should last a little longer than the already sold out 2012 Vintage. 

The Syrahs were the first of the reds this year for Yorba and they were intense!  The young wine is showing great berry flavors, smooth tannins and quite racy acidity.  The Barberas were next to harvest as we waited for the acidity to be tamed and the warm temperatures mid September did just that.  These wines are still fermenting away but already have beautiful aromatics and yummy flavors.  Yes, yummy is an excellent wine descriptor!

The Tempranillo blocks weren’t too far behind – they showed off their rich chocolate notes and came off a few days later.  Following not far behind,  the Yorba Zinfandels developed deep berry flavors and the cool ‘spice’ they’re known for before they were harvested.  Up next was Petite Sirah which will be the main varietal for our 2014 Shake Ridge Red.  Patience was key in the final push of harvest while we waited for the tannins to smooth to a velvety texture.  Overall 2014 was a great harvest!

The Kraemer Family

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