Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard:
My beloved has a vineyard on a very fertile hill
He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted with choice vines;
He built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it;
“Isaiah 5,1 and 5,2”
If you are familiar with the Old Testament, I am sure you will understand that Isaiah was not writing a love song or having anything to do with the romance of having a vineyard. But rather he was using these as metaphors to make a contrarian point. But I am taking this quote literally for its beauty and its relevance to my life. The vineyard that I planted meticulously and which I cared for with outmost attention gives me a lot of joy and at times considerable pain. This year I am truly overwhelmed with love for my vineyard because it has given me a level of joy that makes me forget all the pain that I suffered over the years. Because this year it has given me a crop of grapes that I have longed for since I planted the vines. Just continue reading and you will find out…..
Harvest 2013 is over. We picked the last lot of Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc last Thursday.
I am so excited about our wines this year that during our recent Open House event last weekend, instead of pouring the regular wines that we had on the menu, I was taking groups of people to our fermentation tanks to taste the brand new 2013 vintage wines, some of which have not even been pressed. Those of you that came to this Open House will attest that we tasted more than half a dozen wines including, the Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Touriga National, both the wine and the Port, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc, Primitivo and Syrah. I have always been a fan of my own wines but I tried to keep it to myself. This year I cannot contain myself.
What all these wines have in common are loads of fruit, bright acidity, a big body to fill your mouth, a high degree of refinement, balance and strong varietal identity. And the wines are not even one month old.
I am looking forward to the next opportunity to show you my 2013 wines straight out of the tank during our Open House in November. In all likelihood this will be your last chance to taste these wines before they go into barrels. I am afraid this time they will have stiff competition from the 2010 Proprietor’s Blend that will be released that day.