Siboney Cellars has completed the 2017 Harvest — our very first — and happily, at the high end of our volume expectations. Now in the grand scheme of things, being above our modest plan doesn’t amount to a whole lot, but when you are doing it all yourself by hand, you definitely feel it! I should say, Barbara definitely feels it, as she is the one who has done substantially ALL of it! Splitting time between our own harvest and that of our hosts, Barbara has now worked over 11 tons of grapes destined for Siboney Cellars, from vineyard to bin through fermentation and now to barrel.
We have 20 barrels of 2017 vintage Texas Wine in our corner of Siboney Cellars. We went into the harvest with a plan, and have emerged with a pretty good chance to bring that plan to market, and offer a couple of unexpected, hopefully delightful, surprises.
- With two white grape varietals in the cellar, Roussanne and Viognier, we have an opportunity to present two single varietals, or a blend, or potentially the blend and one single vineyard varietal.
- The bounty of red varietals in 2017 affords an opportunity to present a Saignée Rosé. We fully embrace and applaud the Pink #TxWine efforts across the state! We see consistent quality and thousands of happy wine lovers when they taste a great Texas Rosé, bright, balanced and dry, and perfect with gulf coast seafood. We can’t wait to join in.
- Turning to Reds, the prospects are exciting. We don’t want to say too much at this point, but we plan to have a precocious early-drinking Red in 2018. And, we are preparing at least two assaults up the steep slopes of the “serious” Texas Red Wine summit, in the style of classic wines we have come to know and love over the years. With the varietals, quality, and sources under Barbara’s care – now safely in barrel – we look forward to tempting you with wines for your own cellar.