Nothing like the sweet nectar of Riesling! We’ve been picking our estate Riesling over the past few days, with one more ton to pull off over the next couple of days. Last year we let our Riesling hang until mid-November for our 2009 Late Harvest Riesling. This year’s cooler season made a late harvest unlikely, so we are picking it for a table wine. We whole cluster pressed these grapes, meaning the grapes were dumped directly into the press without being destemmed or crushed first.
A hint of summer still lingers in the vineyard, making for beautiful days of picking. We only have our cabs left to pick, and it looks like they are still a couple weeks out. The weather has definitely been on our side this fall, allowing everything to ripen throughout the vineyard. This hasn’t been true for the entire Northwest, so we are lucky. One more reason why the Lewis Clark Valley is such a great place for growing grapes!