June 7, 2022 15:21
Get them before they're gone...
last call on these 2018 pinots
We're always sad when we're down to the last cases of wines...it's like saying goodbye to a best friend we've had the pleasure of enjoying time with this past year. But, alas, as with many of our other 2018 Pinots, it's time to bid these wines farewell, with only limited cases remaining:
2018 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
95 points, Wine Enthusiast
93 points, Wine Spectator
Only 5 cases left
2018 Docker Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points, Wine Enthusiast
93 points, Burghound
Only 7 cases left
2018 Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
94 points, Wine Review Online
93 points & Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast
Only 12 cases left
2018 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
97 points, PinotFile
96 points, Wine Enthusiast
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Well, that was unexpected! This weekend, we were awakened Saturday night to a pretty substantial downpour. It's not completely unusual to get some June rain, but this storm dropped over an inch at the Dutton Ranch shop, bringing the rainfall for the season at that location to 40.54", well ahead of their usual seasonal precipitation of around 32". It's incredibly variable in our part of the world, with the clouds dropping rain as they move inland and come across higher elevations. At Mill Station vineyard just about 2 miles away, the total is just 29.75" for the season.
The rain was mostly welcome, as it topped up the ponds a bit, as well as helps keep down the dust from our beach-sand-like goldridge sandy loam. With the humidity, there is a higher risk of botrytis so we're keeping an eye on the vineyards and looking for cool breezes to keep the air circulating. Set has completed now, as you can see in the above picture at Emerald Ridge. Some of the pinot sites have a little shatter, with unevenly pollinated clusters showing some missing or very small berries and giving a bit of a ragged look to the bunches. As long as this doesn't reduce the overall crop too much, it can actually be a positive, adding complexity to the wine. Growth has really taken off the past 2+ weeks with our warm weather, and we're seeing 24" of growth in that time. That means the Dutton Ranch crew is busy shoot positioning and shoot thinning to keep the vineyards neat, and is also already starting to leaf pull and cut canes at the top to start to focus the vines' energy to fruit production.
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