January 2018 – Blending Trials Underway!
Everything is coming into focus — Barbara’s blending trials are now at hand. Tasting through samples from our 20 barrels resting in the cellars at Hawk’s Shadow — red, white, rosé, and our aforementioned port — the way forward points directly to a Spring Release of our premiere wines. And we can’t wait to share it with you!
Blending trials are fascinating, and give us even more respect for winemakers all over the world. Whether assembling a final blend from 90 lots for an amazing 2015 Bordeaux, or working with a vineyard plot that hung just a little too long, winemakers sweat the details. We approach this task with a plan in hand as we taste, test, and talk about each sample. But the wine in the glass has the final word. And this must be noted: some of these lots are just too beautiful to blend! Like a classroom of students, each lot holds the potential for a delightful future. Some are obvious in their strengths, others require a certain amount of guidance. But all are gifted and talented!
Meanwhile, we are ordering bottles, glasses and have just taken delivery of our corks. Our closure is a 2″ natural cork from Scott Labs. It features our branding on the cylinder and a fire-vintage imprint on both ends. We know you will delight in pulling this cork very soon!