Vineyard Update | A Classic Oregon Vintage

Sep 14, 2019 | Vintage Journal

After a string of warm and dry(er) vintages we are once again having an Oregon harvest.  In the last week temperatures have dropped in to the 60’s and 70’s and we’ve had several rain events totaling over an inch.  The forecast for the next ten days promises much of the same.  One of the great learned abilities of Oregon growers and winemakers is dodging raindrops and this vintage will give us the opportunity to brush off those skills.  While the press will do much handwringing over this the reality is that this is what we do.  The cool temperatures and moisture will slow down the increase in sugar while allowing flavor and aroma compounds to develop.  We have a classic Oregon vintage in the making; low alcohol, complex aromas and flavors, and nice acidity.  I’m already looking forward to tasting it.- Bill Sweat, Proprietor