The incredible harvest of 2014 continues, now at full speed. To date, we have harvested 100 tons of pinot noir and 45 tons of chardonnay. So far the pace has been steady and it’s amazing how much our team has accomplished while making it look easy. We’re blessed with a great production team this harvest. Winemaker Eric Johnson and his team of Ignacio Zarate, Nicole Morris, Pat Sigler and Devon King are supported by interns Alex Frost, Sean Pihl, and Kate Barrett. The pinot noirs we’ve pressed off taste great and the first chardonnays are now going dry. I look forward to wines that are elegant, refined and charming in their youth due to relatively low acidity and alcohol.
Bottling has been a complicating factor. Keeper of the Wine Ken Hasek and his team are now in the midst of our biggest bottling of the year, the 2013 Estate Chardonnay. It’s hard to capture the frenetic energy of the season with words, so check out this video that my daughter Elizabeth shot to experience a single day of harvest here at Talley Vineyards.
On another note, autumn is the season for the full bounty of what we produce at Talley Farms and Talley Vineyards. We’re releasing our Single Vineyard Selection Pinot Noirs plus we have heirloom tomatoes, basil, peppers, and a plethora of other fall vegetables. I look forward to sharing this bounty with our customers at a series of Farm to Table dinners around the country. Please check the Talley Vineyards Events page for updates on dinners from Paso Robles to New York, Hawaii and beyond. Cheers!