Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Before each harvest, I order t-shirts for my crew. For this harvest - my 10th at Spring Mountain Vineyard (SMV) - the shirts read:
“VAMOS AVER” (We will see) and “SI SE PUEDE” (Yes, we can!)
In the world of winemaking, and as it applies to my great crew, both are appropriate. We are always waiting, watching and evaluating a vintage, a vineyard block or a newly fermented wine.
To date, we have harvested all varieties except for some Cabernet Sauvignon, a late-ripening, sturdy variety that we often harvest after valley floor Cabernet is picked. I am not worried about the recent rain because our vineyards are located on steep slopes where the air can circulate freely to dry out clusters.
As for the new wines in the cellar, they are gorgeous.
I couldn’t be happier with the 2012 vintage and harvest. Like other recent great Napa Valley vintages - 1997, 2005 and 2007 – this vintage is bountiful as well as beautiful.
Come see us on Spring Mountain. There is still plenty of harvest activity here!
Jac Cole, Winemaker
Spring Mountain Vineyard