Harvest is Underway!

We ushered in the 2015 vintage - our seventh year of winemaking! - on August 19, with Pinot noir from Kick On Ranch Vineyard in Los Alamos, and Pinot gris from Sierra Madre Vineyard in Santa Maria. As we made our way up Highway 101 in the refrigerated truck the night before, a sliver of a crescent moon hung in the sky, smiling on the fruit's final night on the vines. This growing year seemed the quickest yet; it has been quite a few years since we felt Fall come before the fruit. The grapes are lovely, with tiny clusters and berries. We expect the 2015 wines to be truly delicious. And now, onward to the next pick!

View from the Pinot noir bin, as the talented picking crew work their magic at Kick On Ranch

View from the Pinot noir bin, as the talented picking crew work their magic at Kick On Ranch

Coastal fog in Los Alamos keeps the morning temperatures cool

Coastal fog in Los Alamos keeps the morning temperatures cool

Pinot gris at Sierra Madre Vineyard, with the Santa Maria coastal fog shrouding the steep slope

Pinot gris at Sierra Madre Vineyard, with the Santa Maria coastal fog shrouding the steep slope

The birth of a new vintage of Nomine Amoris, August 19, 2015

The birth of a new vintage of Nomine Amoris, August 19, 2015