This might come out a little jumbled due to my lack of sleep and overall exhaustion but the main point I am going to try and make is…
…that the 2014 harvest was awesome.
Over the course of the month or so everything had really kicked into high gear for MTGA. First the Riesling came in on September 11th, then the Merlot on September 20th; after that it was off to the races. All things considered, this harvest was pretty quick and painless, very similar to the 2012 and 2013 harvests. Grapes arrived at the winery sort of early but still a little later than expected. What I mean by that was that I had to let the grapes hang on the vines a bit longer this season to make sure that flavor were I wanted them to be. This is a HUGE benefit of being a small producer. For some of the big guys the law of averages is what rules, for those of us who have full control because we haven’t gotten too big (see my previous post about staying small) we get to be very particular about what happens and when during the harvest season. That extra week or so that grapes had on the vine made all of the difference in the world.
Right off the bat the 2014 Merlot and Riesling are off to exciting starts. They say drought years can make for good wine years and I think we will see just that. It is going to be another one of those vintages where if someone didn’t make a “good” wine they should probably rethink their day job.
All joking aside, or not, there is a lot of good buzz around the 2014 vintage so far. The only blemish is that the yields in quite a few vineyards seem to be lower than average so there might not be quite as much wine to go around. Even though we might not have as many grapes to work with but you can be sure that us Napa producers are looking forward to doing the best we can with them.
Alrighty then. I am pretty sure I blacked out for most of that so I am going to go catch up on some sleep now.
Until next time!