We were so honored to get a visit from Barbara Naden (formerly Barbara Schild), who along with her husband at the time, Russ, built Noble Hill Vineyard. We had a lot of questions for her and we were pleasantly surprised that she had all the answers. I had assumed that the project had been driven by her husband Russ and she straightened that out. Their project was something they did very much together. Barbara could even recite the clones that had been planted and she brou
Harvest is Underway at Griffin Hill
Harvest has begun! The grape flavors peaked in the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at basically the same time, so we had a very large pick day yesterday. We used a professional crew, as there was so much to pick in one day and the vines were pretty well laden with fruit. And what great fruit it is. We had absolutely no mildew in the entire vineyard and the berries and bunches were picture perfect. See photo of the Pinot Noir in the picking bin. All vineyards are reporting gre
New Cabernet Block Hits Its Stride
Those sweet little Cabernet vines we started 4 years ago have really hit their stride this year. Their crop last year netted us just enough to fill two barrels. This year, it looks like four barrels. Not bad! The fruit tastes wonderful and complex. I'm looking forward to reporting on the quality of the wine we get out of this block!