The season is rolling along nicely with frost having no real impact this year. The vines are healthy and it looks like the yields will be up slightly this year. The eight other vineyards we purchase grapes from also appear to be moving along with no major problems. I anticipate a great 2012 crop, although we still have 3+ months left in the growing season.

New Bottlings / Releases

We will be bottling the following wines in early September and releasing all but the Beau Melange in November.

  • Chateau Margene: 2009 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon; 2009 Beau Melange; 2010 Cabernet Franc
  • Mooney Family:  2011 SLH Pinot Noir – Vigna Monte Nero (Santa Lucia Highlands); 2009 Rhone Blend (Syrah/Mourvedre)