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 none 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 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.
We will be picking from the Barbera blocks next. As usual, we need to wait for the acidity to be tamed and the warm temperatures last week did just that. The 2014 Barbera already has beautiful aromatics and yummy flavors. Yes, yummy is an excellent wine descriptive!
We're still waiting for the Tempranillos to show off their rich chocolate notes and for the Zinfandels to develop a deeper berry flavor before they are harvested. But by the end of September we expect most of the fruit to be safely fermementing away and on their way to barrel.
The Kraemer Family
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