With so much to do during the summertime, like family road trips, outdoor hikes, dips in the swimming hole, and of course backyard grill outs with friends, family, and wine, we will keep this brief summer newsletter well, brief and let you get back to it!
Summer is also a very exciting time for us, with the grape growing season in full swing and lots of sessions tasting through each of our barrels from the previous vintages to put the puzzle together of our next wines to be bottled in August. We are so happy that these 2016 vintage wines are shaping up to be fantastic, with exceptional balance and character.
While the wines are still some time away from your glass, we are focusing most of our energy with the wonderful growers of our now fifteen vineyard sites. This fall we welcome two new organically farmed sites, Gamay from the Carson Vineyard in the Dundee Hills and Sauvignon Blanc from Allegre Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge (our first in that appellation).
The long, rainy and cold winter persisted well into this spring and for the first time in years, we were behind the average bud break date, much to our relief after three hard working years for the vines to manage heat, and in some years very low rainfall. Thankfully, from early June on, it has been very pleasant here in the Pacific Northwest with few extreme heat days or challenging weather events. Our fingers are crossed that the rest of the season sticks to this pattern and we should be kicking off harvest in mid to late September – so finally a normal year for a change (though what is normal really?!)
We have just a few new wines to introduce in the summertime that represent some of our smallest and most unique offerings. Kate’s always fun (and quick to disappear) 2016 Gamine Grenache Rosé Pétillant Naturel “pét-nat” returns this month, as well as an extremely special and limited old vines Division offering, the 2015 Chardonnay “Deux” from Stangeland Vineyard in the Eola Amity Hills. The summer release is rounded out by our most unique and structured 2015 Pinot Noir “Cinq” from Armstrong Vineyard, which is simply singing at the moment (details below).
We thank all of you who supported us in selling out the entire 2016 Division-Villages release in just a few months (wow – great job drinking you guys!) and invite you to consider one of our wine clubs to better assure access at the best pricing to our most highly sought after and limited production wines.
Be sure to keep an eye out for our harvest and main fall wine release update in September, and we wish each of you a happy and fun summer!
Tom, Kate, Luke, Dana & Lena (and Cass!)
Grenache Rosé Pétillant
Applegate Valley AVA
Pop a crown cap and join us in celebrating the third release of Kate’s lovely, fresh and approachable apéro bubbles, that balance florality and fruit with vivacity and charm.
Eola-Amity Hills AVA
The 2015 Division Chardonnay “Deux” Stangeland Vineyard is a truly compelling wine and easily our most complex and age worthy white from 2015.
Pinot Noir “Cinq”
Ribbon Ridge AVA
We were so thoroughly impressed with out first Armstrong single site wine in 2014 that we knew we were on to something with this unique site and would be continuing vineyard series in 2015.