With veraison spotted in the pinot noir last weekend, harvest preparations are underway here at JB-HQ. As we head into our fifth (!) harvest, the overall vineyard conditions – fruit set, crop levels, vine health – are the best we've ever seen. We are thrilled and thankful to be working with these truly special sites. A few images from our recent vineyard walks:
Santa Barbara Highlands grenache rows. 3,200 feet elevation.
Beautiful, even fruit set in the grenache
Hello, veraison! Kick On Ranch pinot noir
Kick On Ranch riesling, soaking up the late afternoon sun
Happy and ...prolific little Green Goblin, this year
Excitement abounds in these last weeks before the crush. A new winery, new equipment, and the opportunity to make more wine than ever before; the feeling of possibility is a marvelous one. We've been busy hand-bottling all the 2012 reds, and are happy to report that one of them will be released before summer's end... sign up for the mailing list if you're interested in hearing more!