May 2015 water

Saturday, from noon on into the wee hours of Sunday morning, we got 5.75″ of rain.  The pond was already full, so all the water curved around the overflow outlet.


RunoffSome of the vines are standing in water – not good – but we’re hopeful that there will be no more today. Thirteen plus inches so far in May.

Here’s a family photo.  Currently 9 babies.  Our 40,000 gallon rainwater tank is in the background.

 

FamilyPortrait

Winter 2014-2015

We’ve been busy updating the existing building that will become the tasting room. The bathroom has been completely remodeled and now there are 2 new beautiful doors installed.

NewDoors

Sorry for the rainy day picture quality. The week has been a mess. Pruning has started with the block 2 cabernet sauvignon but it is not a good idea to prune when it is foggy and rainy and cold, so we are not working quite as fast as wished.

Still to be done before opening this fall is the seating area – we envision a deck overlooking the 2 vineyards, the horse paddock, and the ‘tank’ (what the rest of the country calls a pond).

First bottling.

We’re very pleased with the results of our first bottling.  We did the 2013 cabernet sauvignon first, followed by the cab franc.  Both labels show scenes from the ranch, as all of our labels do.  We look forward to offering these wines to you in the fall of 2015.

 

Bottles

Growing Progress

In 2011 the vines began to mature a bit and we even took a small crop and vinified it. Here is syrah early in the year:

earlysyrah

And here it is later on:

RiperSyrah

Nets of course to protect the grapes from the birds. Not much fun to install or remove.

Block 2 is shown here in June; second leaf grapes (as two-year old grape vines are known) developing trunks and in many cases, cordons.

Block2_2011

2009-2010 Block 2 Progress

During the winter of 2009-2010 we cleared rocks, dug holes, set poles, pulled wire, trenched, and on and on it went.

Block 2 Poles

Bringing water in from the new well:

Water Trench

By the spring of 2010 we were ready to plant.  Part of block 1 in the distance on the other side of the dam.

March 2010

April 11, 2010 was not precisely sunny, but it is frequently misty up here in the hills.

Planting Day

By early June, 2010, the vines were well on their way.

Block 2 Young plants