Monthly Archives: September 2015

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A Light Harvest Finished Early

2015 Vineyard As Cuadrilla selects the last golden clusters of Roussanne, we officially conclude the 2015 harvest prior to October 1st. Two weeks earlier than ever before, and finishing at extremely low yields, 2015 wine will carry a pronounced vintage stamp. The lighter yields gave La Cuadrilla the opportunity to pick each block across the vineyard at optimal ripeness. Instead of prioritizing our favorite blocks, Read More →

The Whole Cluster Question

Taking advantage of our dry California conditions, we’ve recently pushed the envelope of whole cluster fermentation. Sashi has increased the percentage of stems each vintage beginning in 2011. Originals Syrah now ranges between 2/3 and ¾ stem inclusion and Ruben’s block remains 100%. Without rainfall and irrigation all summer, by the time we harvest, the stems are lignified to a yellow-brown. Instead of astringent green Read More →

Our Savior Ruben Solorzano

The story of the 2015 California vintage is one about dramatically low yields.  The prolonged drought and an unusually cold spring combined for very few grapes hanging on vines.  Vintners identified low cluster counts early on, but as the Pinot Noir harvest began, weights averaged 60% of the already light forecasts.  The bunches are tiny without much juice. Pinot Noir is one of the most Read More →