SPRING HAS SPLASHED!
We all look forward to April; not for the showers, but for the start of the growing season and the excitement of the new vintage to come. We recently found ourselves eagerly planting the winery garden, though we may have been a bit too eager as April is trying to take the record for being one of the wettest yet.
As we wait out the winter rains, the winemaking team has been tasting through the 2017 vintage and beginning the process of blending the 2017 wines and mentally gearing up for the harvest. Despite our wet winter, we still see signs of spring, and bud break has officially happened in the vineyards. Spring always brings change to the winery and this year is no exception. After five wonderful years, our Cellar Master Nick has decided to pursue his passion in community service and is beginning a career as a firefighter. One of our former interns, Nolan, will be taking on the post of Cellar Master. Though we are sad to see Nick leave us, we are very excited to have Nolan back orchestrating the cellar, as we’ve certainly missed his intelligent sarcasm and his penchant for obscure musical genres.
This unique selection of 2016 wines showcases vineyards sites from four AVA’s Penner-Ash is fortunate to source fruit from. Our 2016 Bramble Hill comes to us from the neighboring Ribbon Ridge AVA, which tends to produce wines with black current and plum characteristics. Our 2016 Palmer Creek is brightly acidic and firmly structured, which is evident of grapes grown in the Eola-Amity AVA. Our 2016 Dundee Hills is sourced from, you guessed it, Dundee Hills AVA and presents with round, well integrated tannins and cola aromatics. Finally, our 2016 Estate hails from our very own backyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, whose signature is their complexity and pronounced minerality on the palate. Surely, there is something in this shipment for everyone.
Cheers to a new harvest & the approach of warmer weather! We can’t wait to see you all back at the winery!