Spring in the Vineyard
It’s been a while since our last newsletter and we’ve been busy with more family time than any winter in memory, one of the great blessings of a very challenging year. Recha, a physician, and also the finance manager of the winery is so thankful to have recently received her Covid vaccination and we hope you all are able to do so soon as well. Another great blessing has been all the Zoom tastings and tours we’ve done with folks for special occasions and business events, many with our wine club members and their friends and colleagues. It’s been a pleasure and privilege to share in these special moments and be able to meet and share our wines with so many people virtually. Our great hope is that we are able to meet many of you who tasted with us in person later this year at the winery or at special tasting events.
In the vineyards, we are seeing one of the earliest bud breaks on record in the Santa Cruz Mountains with the floral cover crops exploding with color and plants throughout the region thoroughly convinced that spring started back in February. Last week we pruned the Le Boeuf Chardonnay Vineyard that we organically farm and are so excited to see what the newly budded-over heritage clone block yields us in their first vintage. We are currently renewing our “handshake” contracts with many of our favorite growers and are hopeful for a less eventful harvest. We are sorry to report that the Bruzzone Chardonnay Vineyard in Scott’s Valley was found to have Pierce’s disease so it has to be replanted to renew it. But we look forward to our 2019 and 2020 vintage wines from that incredible site that have yet to be released.
We’ve also been busy in the cellar, keeping on top of the new 2020 wines in barrel. Despite an immensely challenging harvest that seemed to throw the book at us, we are optimistic about the wines we were able to produce under such difficult conditions. These include new wines from a few of our “bucket list” historic sites including the Mountain Winery (Formerly Paul Masson) and Peter Martin Ray Vineyard on Mt. Eden.
It’s now bottling season again and we have eight of the 2019 vintage wines going to bottle in early April. We are very excited about the five single-vineyard Chardonnays and two Pinot Noirs. Our goal is to make delicious and transparent wines that showcase the Santa Cruz Mountains and its diverse and unique sites, and all these new wines from the many “sub-regions” across the Santa Cruz Mountains will be a pleasure to share with you all as we build on our story coming off our first vintage, 2018.
West Coast Club members will be able to get a sneak peek at these 2019 wines in a few weeks in a special Zoom tasting with sample bottles that are included with club membership. Club members, please mark your calendars for 4 pm on Saturday, March 27th. All club members can pick up or receive via UPS a four-pack sampler including two of the sneak peek 2019 wines. Two and Three case club members will receive a tasting kit with larger pours for more to share (or not!) along with a complimentary cheese pairing for folks on the West Coast from Stepladder Creamery who has been a phenomenal partner in our virtual tasting events program. With weather permitting we will also ship sample bottle kits to club members in non-Western States. If the weather for out-of-state shipping is questionable we will have another event very soon when a safe ship window arrives across the country. We will be sending out an email in a few days to club members with details on how to sign up. Don’t forget that local deliveries in Portola Valley and Woodside can get complimentary delivery.
For non-Club Members now is a fantastic time to join us, as we’d love to have you follow our story and be sharing in our wines as well as joining us for the upcoming tasting. You can sign up for the club HERE. For those who just want to see what our wines are all about, we have put together a single vineyard 4-pack at a 10% discount using the discount code SPRING2021. This 4-pack includes the 2018 Bruzzone Vineyard Chardonnay, 2018 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, 2018 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir (Nearly sold out!), and the 2018 Bates Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. These wines really show some of the great possibilities for the expression of wines in our incredible region and we would love to have you join us on our journey in the exploration of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Finally, I want to thank everyone who has supported the winery since we formally launched last spring. Of course, it has been a very challenging time to launch but all of you have made what could have been our first and last year one full of hope, support, and optimism for the future. We look forward to many more toasts with you all.
Robert and Recha Bergstrom