Straight out of the press - Grenache blanc ready for barrel-down and a little yeast !
Harvest '14 is finally underway for us. While many have been picking for a couple weeks, we have finally pulled the trigger on the El Dorado County, Naked Vine Vineyard Grenache blanc. Overall yields were down due to springtime shatter, and even the grapes themselves were a little stingy, giving up just over 135 gallons to the ton, compared with the "usual" 150 - 160 ... and despite some uneven ripening which seems to be characterizing this vintage, the quality is excellent. We are blessed with this CA sunshine, despite the drought conditions.