Shoot thinning and cultivation in the vineyard

The vines have been growing for some weeks. Cover crops between rows are an erosion control. To conserve water and encourage vine health we are cultivating alternate rows.

The vines have been growing for some weeks. Cover crops between rows are an erosion control during the rainy season. Now to conserve water and encourage vine health we are cultivating alternate rows.

The disk Russell is using is specially sized to go between.

The disk Russell is using is specially sized to go between the rows.

It takes several passes to break up the soil.

It takes several passes to break up the soil.

So the work goes on.

So the work goes on.

While Peter or Russell are tilling, the crew is "shot thinning". Each bud on the cane puts forth 2 shots so one is carefully knocked off by hand so the other can grow vigorously. The secondary shots are the bright spots on the ground.

While Peter or Russell are tilling, the crew is “shoot thinning”. Each bud on the cane puts forth 2 shoots so one is carefully knocked off by hand so the other can grow vigorously. If you look closely, you can see the extra shoots and leaves on the ground.

These vines have not yet been "shoot thinned".

These vines have not yet been “shoot thinned”.

While grapes are L"wind pollinated" the wildflowers around the winery and in the woods are "creature" pollinated.

While grapes are wind pollinated” the wildflowers around the winery and in the woods are “creature” pollinated. There is lots for the native bees and our new honey bees to eat.

It is a wonderful time to come out and enjoy the fruit of past vintages and participate in the beginnings of this.

It is a wonderful time to come out and enjoy the fruit of past vintages and participate in the beginnings of this.

2015 Pinot Noir Futures Tasting

May 21-22 & 28-29Futures Tasting

You are invited to sit down with us to sample through several barrels of our 2015 vintage Pinot noir. The wines you will be tasting will be offered as Futures at a 30% discount purchased by the case only.

Each seating will consist of 15 people. Be sure to reserve your seats before they fill. Reservations can be made below.

Seating times: 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm

$15 tasting fee. Complimentary for Wine Club Members.

“There’s no precedent for a vintage exactly like this in Oregon, but there is in Burgundy. Mike Etzel of Beaux Frères did some research and found a description of the 1959 Côte d’Or growing season in a book by Clive Coates that matches uncannily: early flowering, warm, dry, with late-August rains, a cool September and early harvest. Those Burgundies were magnificent and long-lived. If Oregon’s 2015 turns out as well, it could be the state’s most extraordinary vintage.” -Harvey Steiman, “Harvest 2015: Oregon’s Wet Years Are Not Created Equal.” Wine Spectator, Oct 2015.

 

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