Spring in The Vineyards

A vine’s first visible sign of growth is budbreak. This really is a cause for celebration! After months without leaves, a bare-looking vineyard transforms into a sea of green specks in just a few days.

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Wayne Tamarelli
Malbec Around The World

Malbec wines from Argentina have achieved astounding acclaim around the world.   They cover a range of bold and luscious styles and price points. The best are produced in Mendoza province.  Exports keep rising, especially to the USA.

Malbec wines from Mendoza have a deep purple color and flavors of blackberries, plums, blueberries, and earth.   They have softer tannins than from Cahors (see below) and elsewhere.

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Wayne Tamarelli
Harvest Time in Mendoza

Hopes are running high for a great harvest.   Harvest is about 50% along overall.  Some of the early-maturing varietals (whites, pinot noir, malbec) are already picked or being picked.   Harvesting will continue until the end of April and perhaps early May.

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Wayne Tamarelli
Rose Wines + Tragic Fire in Sonoma County

We recently read an interview article in the NY Times about Bon Jovi.  It featured his family’s daily preference for rose wines – so much so that he and his son have collaborated with a French producer to produce their own rose wine.

It reminded us of several interviews we have read of leading chefs.   Several answered the inevitable question of what type of wine they like to drink at home by saying their go-to wine is:   Rose.

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Harvest

2017 was a fabulous harvest -- possibly the best in Mendoza over the last 15 years.  It was an accelerated, compressed and early harvest that pushed the vineyard and winery team to the limit and they responded. 

The final fermentations are done, and the wines are now safely in the barrels.

The 2017 wines are outstanding, characterized by complexity and depth, with balanced acidity and firm tannins.  As we have come to expect over the last 7 harvests, Malbec and Cabernet Franc are already showing extremely well. 

Here’s to another great vintage!

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Emerging Superstar - Cabernet Franc

Most people do not know that Cabernet Franc is a genetic parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.  The other parent is Sauvignon Blanc.   It is lighter, brighter and less tannic.  Winemakers describe it with such terms as “elegant”, “finesse”, and “charming”.

The most recent issue of the prestigious British wine magazine “Decanter” had a feature article on “Cabernet Franc:  The next big thing.”

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Wayne Tamarelli
El Nino Challenges at Our Vineyards + Blending our 2015 Wines

The oceanic and atmospheric phenomenon known as El Niño occurs in the Pacific Ocean when the western coasts of Ecuador and Peru experience unusually warm ocean conditions that cause climatic disturbances. These extreme climatic conditions occur every three to seven years and can affect climates around the world for more than a year. The name El Niño, Spanish for "the child," refers to the infant Jesus Christ and is used because the phenomenon usually begins during the Christmas season.

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The Cycle of The Vines

It was fun to participate in the first picking of the season at the Vines Of Mendoza vineyards in late February.   We picked some pinot noir grapes from a neighboring vineyard near our vineyard, followed by sparkling wine toasts.   Pinot Noir is an early maturing varietal, along with the white grape varietals.  The clusters are tight, which makes Pinot Noir a tricky varietal to grow.   We will put some photos from that visit on the web site later.

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Wayne Tamarelli