Vintage 2011 Begins!

Through a Wine Glass Darkly
Just about to head out the Gorge with James to round up the first grapes of the season: syrah and merlot, about 3/4 ton all told.

Because of the resolutely crappy weather this spring and summer, this vintage promises to be a wild ride, so I’m wondering for the first time in years what we’ll find when we walk the vineyard four hours from now. Luckily, we’ll be doing it with Denis Gayte, the seasoned and savvy vineyard manager at Elephant Mountain, so I know that if it can be good, it will be. Then, it’ll be up to us not to f*ck it up.

Let’s find out what happens. Come along?

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