Syrah on Stems, and a San Diego Story

We're headed toward the final pick of Harvest 2015 now; since the last update, we've brought in beautiful Syrah from Alamo Creek Vineyard in Santa Maria, which was deftly foot-trod this year by the boys of the j.brix crew. It'll be completely whole-cluster fermented for the first time since 2011; the fermentation already has a deliciously savory aroma, tempered with dusky rose petals.

La Belle Rêveuse, underfoot

La Belle Rêveuse, underfoot

For the fourth year, we welcomed San Diego's McCormick Ranch Carignan to the winery. The rustic survivor vines at the base of Palomar Mountain ripened earlier than ever before; the San Diego Union-Tribune was there to document the story.

Luscious old-vine Carignan at McCormick Ranch, soon to become the 2015 Rougarou

Luscious old-vine Carignan at McCormick Ranch, soon to become the 2015 Rougarou

Everything's progressing wonderfully in the winery, and though yields are down across the board in all of our vineyards, we're expecting great structure and flavor from the vintage. If you're in the San Diego area and would like to taste with us, please come on out to The 3rd Corner Encinitas on Tuesday, September 15 between 5-7pm. We'll be pouring lots of treats, including the brand new, as-yet-unreleased vintage of the Rougarou Carignan, the U-T's Wine of the Week. Hope to see you all there!