Summer finally came in September after fifty inches of rainfall and the coolest year in our existence here at Westbrook Wine Farm. Today is Sunday, September 11, 2011 and we had light rain today. In truth, the grapes in our Fait Accompli vineyard are loving it to the point of taking their own sweet time to ripen physiologically. Most of you know that since 1999 we have always harvested this vineyard of six red Bordeaux varieties all at the same time in September. Well, maybe not this year.
Because the dates for harvest may be protracted and indeterminate, we may need to perform a segmented selective harvest to achieve the quality demanded of us. We have, therefore, made the decision to forego the traditional convention of our Bunch Selection Committee
picking for this year. Instead, we hope you will consider joining us and other affable BSC diehards later this fall for our Post Harvest Celebration. Think of it as the same event without getting hot and sticky. We will be notifying you as soon as the date is set.
Our three new 2011 whites, sourced from the best wnegrowers in Madera and Lodi, are sizzling in their barrel fermenters, their aromas creating an atmosphere of freshly baked sugar cookies. Yum !
Watch for these barrel fermented jewels next Summer
*Hagopian Vineyard Riesling
*Laurie's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musque and Semillon blend
*Peterson Family Chardonnay
Meanwhile, our current new releases of 2010 Chardonnay, 2009 Point Blanc, 2008 Malbec Saint Michael and 2008 Petite Sirah John Simpson Vines continue to stir up emotions and controversy as their inventory dwindles.
You may just want to taste these three before they are but a memory.