This is it folks. The fruit I have been so excited by since 2017 (this is the fruit we did not pick due to smoke taint by the Gorge fire). In 2018 I asked Herbie Annala for a per/acre contract on one acre. They harvested 3.1 tons on October 4th, 2018. Picking commenced at 7am end ended around 10am, the beautiful fruit was then loaded it into the every trusty box truck and I arrived in Caldwell at 5pm to “de-stem” half of the fruit and leave the other half for “whole cluster” fermentations. I have not been this excited about fruit since the Thorn Ranch Vineyard in the Russian River Valley!
I was not 100% convinced, I loved the “whole cluster” fermentation process where the fruit is fermented with its stems to enhance tannins. This year, I was able to do a mini trial; two bins of whole cluster and two bins of de-stemmed fruit to compare the fermentations and eventually the final wines. The juice tasted amazing, the color is phenomenal and when you come to the barrel tasting in November you will be able to chart the path of this stunning Pinot Noir.
The fruit was cold soaked for 8 days before it began to ferment (it was almost too cold to get going). The fermentation lasted for 10 days then was barreled down and pressed. MCW build up bacterium was added on November 10th allowing the wine complete its secondary fermentation (malic acid à lactic acid) over the next few weeks.
For those who came to the release party, you will remember me saying I did not want to assume you would want more wine until you tasted the wine of which you already invested. Boy was I wrong. My family and I are humbled by the support you continue to show – thank you from the bottom of my heart. However, the 2018 wine will be released in the spring of 2020 so the wine has some time to get to know it’s fellow barrels in the bottle for 6 months!
To make things easier, the 2018 Pinot Noir will include sales tax for those of you in Idaho; price per bottle is $29 plus 1.74 in sales tax - your total case will be $368.88 (this ~$120 savings of the retail price next year). I mentioned last year on your invoices, we prefer checks, but if paying by card is easier please add tip of 3% to cover the transaction fee OR pay “friend to friend” on Paypal to email@example.com. This pricing will remain the same through December 31, 2018.
We have about 165 cases total. Included with your purchase are two tickets to the release party in 2020, the “Pay it Forward Program,” where you receive of bottle of the 2017 Pinot Rosé when you refer a friend who purchases a case of wine, and complimentary tastings for up to six guests. Our Out of State supporters will receive a $25 credit toward their shipping and taxes.
Thank you AGAIN for all your support of my adventures in wine.
P.S. We had a Wine Club and Supporter form for the Saturday night release party members but for the people from Friday night who did not attend, just let me know via email firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to send you an invoice.