2015 Harvest Report From Our Winemaker

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Each vintage is more than a simple weather report. As a perennial crop, grapevines and the wines they yield are a product of more than one growing season. So it was with the 2015 harvest. Two successive cold winters kept the grapes produced by many varieties down appreciably. Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Merlot are some of the vines that produced a quality crop but not an overly bountiful one.

Pinot Noir grapes hanging on the vine at Swedish Hill Winery

Pinot Noir grapes hanging on the vine at Swedish Hill Winery

A vintage can go from okay to great with a warm dry August and September. A relatively cool and wet spring this year gave way to a warm and dry late summer and fall. The result was not exceedingly high sugar levels but nice flavors and initial acid levels that are nearly ideal.   Early season varieties such as Diamond, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are particularly flavorful and fruity. In general all the dry red varieties are very fruity and will produce a slightly lighter style than the very warm 2012 vintage.

Riesling and similar aromatic whites such as Viognier and Pinot Grigio have shown very nice flavors from the very start of fermentation. Slightly lower acid levels from the warm late summer will mean that balanced wines will have lower final residual sugars than most recent vintages. If vintages get a letter grade the winemaking staff rates 2015 an A-.

– Derek Wilber, Winemaker

Derek watching over Pinot Noir grapes going into the press.

Derek watching over Pinot Noir grapes going into the press.

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