The 2015 harvest is now well underway at Gary Farrell!
After receiving a small batch of Chardonnay grapes on Tuesday, August 4th for [SPOILER ALERT!] a new sparkling wine project, we received our first still wine grapes of the season on Monday, August 10th. The beautiful Calera and Pommard clones of Pinot Noir came from Hoeschler Vineyard, our next door neighbor on Westside Road and a new grower partner of ours for 2015. We also received some Chardonnay (Montrachet and Hyde Wente clones) and Pinot Noir (Calera clone) from our friends at Martaella Vineyard (another new vineyard we started working with in 2013 - the Martaella Vineyard Pinot Noir
was just released to Grand Crew
The entire Gary Farrell team - including our talented, internationally experienced 2015 harvest interns - toasted the official start of harvest and the potential that these and all of our grapes hold for a terrific vintage. Since Monday, we have been receiving grapes daily - a total of 11.626 tons of Chardonnay and 42.458 tons of Pinot Noir. The quality so far is excellent, as we expect, but the yields are coming in lighter than in the past few vintages (which were surprisingly plentiful and had us scrambling to find bins, barrels and tanks to put it all).
If you asked us when harvest season starts, "September, right around Labor Day" would have always been our answer. However, the maturation of grapes is happening earlier and earlier since 2012, and harvest continues to kick off one week earlier each vintage, nearly pushing our start into July this year! Hmm... winemaker Theresa Heredia
came on board at Gary Farrell in 2012... coincidence?