It's been awhile since we've put out an update, things have been busy! We hope everyone is beating the heat right now! Although oppressive, this warm weather is treating the grapes just right. The vines over at Jesse Estate Vineyards recently showed the first signs of veraison - which is when the clusters turn color and the vine pumps them full of sugar. Veraison is the last major step before harvest, based on averages harvest comes 30-45 days after veraison hits. That said, it looks like the 2018 harvest will come in at the end of September! We're looking forward to working with more great fruit from Jesse Estate!
With that, we're happy to share that we are crushing this year at Laurel Ridge winery. We are fortunate that they had space open up at the last second for us to move in to. Interested in participating in a crush? We may need help processing fruit, so if you'd like to get your hands dirty then let us know! Reply back to this email with your contact info and we'll stay in touch!
We will not be pouring out of Laurel Ridge's tasting room, instead we are working with Urban Decanter in Forest Grove to pour our wines until we open our new space. The details have to be finalized with the OLCC, but we should be cleared hot come October. We have narrowed down our options for a new location, but like we've said before - they're both build to suit. One site needs more TLC than the other, but either way it's looking like we'll be working on them through the winter. We are aiming to do a grand opening in conjunction with our next Riveter Rosé release in the spring of 2019. Stay tuned for more details!
2017 Pinot Noir!
The most common description of the 2017 pinots is that "it tastes like Dauntless." The vintage is living up to its predecessors; smooth, smoky, viscous, and full of fruit. The '17 No Man's Land in particular is already showing why it's a household favorite! Made with nothing but wadenswil, No Man's Land has dark fruit laced with smoke and savory tones which persist through a long finish. The perfect wine for any big meal!
Founder's Club Fall Release
The '17 No Man's Land will be our first pinot released from the vintage, and will be included in our next club release in the fall. We are also planning to release our 2017 "Trenton" pinot gris along side the No Man's Land. Trenton is bright and zesty and we're excited for you to try it! We're just waiting on labels - aside from that it is bottled and ready to go!
Riveter Rosé Represents at the Rosie Rally!
A special thank you to our Founder's Club member Leanne Babcock (Cpt. USAF) for presenting our Riveter Rosé at the annual Rosie Rally at the Rosie the Riveter museum in Richmond, CA! We are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to get our Riveter in to the hands of real Rosies! We plan on expanding our production of Riveter so we can provide rosé to their annual dinner. Speaking of - it's last call on the 2017 Riveter! We're down to three cases so get some before it's gone!
Upcoming EventsThe next two weeks are going to be packed with events! Be sure to check out our events page here. Notably, we will be doing a tasting Friday (8/17) night at Urban Decanter in Forest Grove; we'll be pouring our entire 2016 lineup including the recently released 2016 Howitzer. Then Saturday is Forest Grove Uncorked! If you haven't been to Uncorked! then you're missing out! It's a 21+ only event with over 50 vendors sampling and selling wine, beer, and spirits. The first 1000 customers will receive a glass with logo - after that customers will receive an 8oz plastic cup. Last year was a hit and we're excited to do it again! If that's not enough, ticket sales benefit local first responders - the beneficiary this year is the Public Safety Chaplaincy!
There's much more in the pipe, but for brevity's sake we'll follow up in the coming weeks!
Until then stay Dauntless!
- Ben Martin