A new season begins

I thought spring might be approaching until last night’s four inches of snow!   But late February dumps typically don’t stick around long, so I expect we will be working on bare ground again within a week.  The white stuff doesn’t slow down our work in the cellar and the 2011 whites are showing well in the tanks.  We will be releasing most of these jewels during Chelan Nouveau, the last two weekends in April.  Here’s a sneak peak:

2011 Camino:  For all of you ‘10 Camino lovers, the ‘11 vintage promises to be equally pleasing.  We’ve upped the ratio of Riesling to a 60/40 blend with the Gewürztraminer and the result is a crisp, slightly off-dry wine with a great floral nose, guaranteed to create the light feeling of summertime any time of the year!

2011 Viognier:  Some of you lucky enough to try our ’10 Viognier (only 17 cases total!) will be glad to see Viognier on the tasting sheet again.  This wine is all citrus with a supple body and a dry finish that leaves the palate refreshed and yearning for more. 

2011 Riesling & Rose:  Of course we will have our 2011 Riesling to showcase as well, the sixth vintage from our estate block, and also an Estate Pinot Noir Rose!  This Rose has a delectable one-of-a-kind nose.  I can’t wait to try pairing it with foods this spring.

Out in the vineyards, we have just started to prune.  The vines had an easy winter and every viticulturist in the state is crossing their fingers for a ‘normal’ growing season.  I’d like to order up a moderately dry and warm spring with a hot summer and a lingering fall please!  But, we will take what we get.  Last year’s record low temperatures proved that our vineyards can produce lovely fruit, even if things are a bit cool.  

Michelle Fanton