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Sweater Weather

Written By Alecia Moore 02 Oct 2020
Sweater Weather
I want to first say to all of you, a humongous THANK YOU for taking this journey with us. Whether you are a first- time wine lover, learning as we go, or you’ve been deep diving into the magic of this world for a long time. THANK YOU. 

I love seeing our bottles on your tables, who you’re sharing them with, and why. Please continue to share that with us. It’s a proud mama moment seeing our juice babies make their way into your homes. 
Alright… moving right along. What a friggin year, right? My Lord, I have done a lot of research wine tasting this year. (always research) I’ve had almost daily opportunities to refine my pallet. 

One of my favorites has been The Hilt’s Pét-Nat, made from Pinot Noir. It’s the wine I bring when I play tennis. Very refreshing. 

I read an INCREDIBLE book called “The Winemaker’s Wife”, which takes place in Reims, France during World War II. It gave me a new found appreciation and reverence for the sparkling wines and the people of Champagne. Therefore, I’ve been drinking as much Champagne as possible. Every day that the world doesn’t explode feels like a celebration anyways. 
This harvest has been a doozy. We are absolutely gutted and brokenhearted to watch the devastation in California from the wildfires. Our sincerest condolences go out to the many hardworking wine growers and makers that have lost their vineyards, or homes, or even crops due to smoke taint. It is an immeasurable loss for many. We have been lucky to escape evacuation already once this year, and our crops have not been damaged due to smoke. We did not, unfortunately, escape the heat spikes that seemed to press down on us from out of nowhere. We hit a record 118 degrees on a Sunday, and lost about 20% of our Petit Verdot overnight. There has been some shrivel, and a bit of sunburn in other areas, but because we have the best vineyard crew, and very loved vines, we were able to go through every single row and clean it up back to near perfection. As I write this today, in the Fall, we are looking at triple digits still. 
All of our whites are through fermentation, we’ve done some very exciting new experiments this year that I CANNOT WAIT FOR YOU TO GET YOUR HANDS ON, and the reds are coming in steadily. The fruit is absolutely beautiful, and the 2020 vintage will be one for the books. 
We’ve added two new beautiful souls to the farm, Onyx and Voodoo Sioux. 7 and 8 year old geldings, gentle giants, and they’re already happy and settling in. 

Our chickens are getting older, but still laying so many eggs we have to give them away. I put a bag of ice out for them when it got too hot, I’m not sure if they liked it or not, but I’m convinced I saved their lives. 
Punchdowns and pumpovers, late nights in the winery, whiskey on ice, and quiet Sunday mornings taking brix numbers and temps while listening to Edith Piaf, or Labi Siffre, harvest is in full swing, and we are in our happy place. 
I hope everyone is getting through these wild times, taking deep breaths, loving yourselves and each other, finding some unique bottles to share (even if it’s virtually), and getting ready to have what I’m sure will only  be described as an unforgettable Fall. 
We will see you for our next release, which are the fireside wines… they bring me comfort, and peace in my soul. These 3 wines make me pray for Sweater Weather. 
Onwards and upwards my friends. 
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Alecia Moore , head wino