Monday dawned gray and wet over our house, yet the weather forecast was for mid-80’s and sun. Optimistic, I pulled on my shorts, put sunscreen on, grabbed my sunglasses and pulled on my sweatshirt to begin the tour of eleven vineyards from which we source all of the grapes for Locati Cellars and Lagana Cellars, 12 varietals in all. We were dry but Walla Walla got hail and rain for a short while, we watched it move East over the town (our rain gauge said we received 0.5″ that day).
Our sampling was relegated to tasting; presently most of them taste like the very best of their table grape counterparts, which means they aren’t ripe. The Sagemoor Sauv Blanc is the closest, already super delicious!
Breezy Slope Vineyard: Pinot Noir: Lagana Cellars
Les Collines Vineyard: Primitivo: Locati Cellars
Patina Vineyard: Syrah: Lagana Cellars
Jon Cockburn Ranch Vineyard: Dolcetto: Locati Cellars
Jon Cockburn Ranch Vineyard: Chardonnay: Lagana Cellars
J&S Vineyard: Cabernet Sauvignon: Locati & Lagana Cellars
Mission Hills Estate Vineyard: Sangiovese & Barbera: Locati Cellars
Minnick Hills Vineyard: Syrah: Lagana Cellars
Reed Vineyard: Pinot Grigio: Locati Cellars
Bacchus Vineyard: Riesling: Lagana Cellars
Sagemoor Vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc: Lagana Cellars
Lonesome Springs Vineyard: Orange Muscat: Locati Cellars
You have read about netting the vines to keep the birds out of the grapes, but I don’t think I have ever shown you ‘netting’ as in the process:
This was a fabulous way to do a Monday, especially since it really was a nice, mid-80’s day. I hope you are looking forward to 2016 Crush as much as I am. Cheers!