Friday, September 9, 2011

Ramping up!!!!

We are less than 2 weeks into Harvest 2011, which happens to be our 47th harvest here at Schramsberg Vineyards!!! We have already pressed about 250 tons of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

It has been a nice and easy warm up. The cellar team is eager and raring to go, their only complaint is that they haven't had enough overtime and that harvest hasn't been that challenging yet. I have assured them that the normal days are about to end. We are scheduled for 4 to 5 loads per day through next Tuesday and I expect the next 10 to 14 days to be biggest and longest days of the season.

I get a rush out of this time of year! It's the anticipation for the first pick and then the logistics of getting the grapes off the vine and to the winery at their optimal ripeness.

We walked the tank room yesterday - tasting the fresh juices, ones just starting fermentation and the first wines from vintage 2011. They all taste amazing!!! These first impression's are the foundation for Vintage 2011, and we like what we taste!!!!

Bring it on!!!!

Keith Hock
Schramsberg Vineyards

(Note from the Napa Valley Vintners: Check out Keith in our first Harvest 2011 video!)

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