Tag Archives: Frost

Ruben’s 2014 Gamble

While we live through yet another season of frost danger, Ruben boldly risks devastating losses in the name of quality. In early April, Ruben commanded La Cuadrilla to pass through every block of Syrah and nip off secondary clusters. All that remains: just one tiny grape cluster per shoot. By doing this before bloom, when the green orbs flower into even smaller grapes, Ruben concentrates Read More →

Freezing Air ‘Burns’

Saturday April 20th at Vintner’s Festival we had to chill our red wines on ice before serving. The next day, we stayed cool by zip-lining into the reservoir. It’s hard to imagine that just a couple nights prior, Ruben stayed up all night running our frost protection sprinklers. While the 40+ degree Fahrenheit diurnal swing is one of the most important aspects of our grape-growing Read More →

Tough Job – Staff Meetings: First Taste of our 2011 Vintage

Prior to our April 1 Release, the entire tasting room staff sat down with me to taste through the newly bottled wines. Sashi and John usually join us for these mandatory – tough job – staff meetings, but they were both in France on a research trip – yes, even tougher jobs. 2012 Rose: The Grenache (60%) portion of this wine was peachy in color Read More →