Final Harvest Update from Director of Winemaking Daniel Baron: October 6th

Final update

This will be the last harvest report for 2014 as we finished crushing in both Alexander and Napa Valleys on Monday, September 29th.  Although crushing is complete for the year, there is still a lot of work to do in the cellars:  pressing tanks, monitoring malolactic fermentations, racking and topping tanks and generally preparing the wines for blending in January.

Our Geyserville Winery completed crush with Cabernet from a partnering vineyard on Red Winery Road.  We had a huge week of pressing and the wines are showing beautifully: dark and redolent of berries.  Our Oakville Winery completed crush with Cabernet from southwest Napa.  We pressed multiple tanks and the resultant young wines are impressive with great finesse, balance and fruit intensity.  We will continue pressing and might finish this week.

It is great to wrap up another harvest.  I hope these reports have been informative.  I feel that 2014 is an outstanding year for wine quality and look forward to sharing them with you in years to come.

-Daniel Baron