A Little Coaxing to Gain Complexity in 2019

Oct 2, 2019 | Vintage Journal

This has been an interesting vintage.  Moderate Summer temperatures were punctuated by rain to create the conditions for powdery mildew and botrytis.  The vineyard teams worked hard to keep the vineyard clean, spraying to lower the disease pressure and removing compromised fruit so it wouldn’t be picked at harvest.  September rains and very cool temperatures slowed down sugar production giving us fruit at harvest that promises wines with low alcohol, perhaps under 13%.  Our work now is to help coax the nuance and complexity out of the harvest to make wines that are elegant and long lived.  It is an Oregon vintage.  More later.-Bill Sweat, Proprietor