Two weeks ago was the official start of Harvest 2013 and the production team has since picked and processed the whole of our Sauvignon Blanc from Peju's Persephone vineyard in Pope Valley. This is an extraordinarily early harvest, and one that is shaping up to be smooth and painless, but at this stage we are keenly aware that the party has truly just begun--meaning there is a whole lot of craziness that is still to come.
On that very first morning, as our entire staff gathered to swoon over the beautiful plump clusters and make a celebratory breakfast toast, winemaker Sara Fowler beamed with excitement, explaining the enormity that this day represents. For a winemaker, or for any member of the production team, this is January 1. It represents a blank slate, the moment when the cycle of winemaking starts all over again; when the focus shifts from fostering, and maintaining, and monitoring a wine in its intermediate stages, back over to the raw materials--the grapes picked straight from the vine. And there is something exhilarating about returning back to square one. So as we continue along, we will keep you posted with the progress and hope you can feel the excitement from wherever you may be!
Nick, our enologist, grabbing a snack
Sara, all smiles on Day 1 of her mission!
Ariana Peju ready to bless the grapes