The summer flew by in a lazy dream. Most days a prolonged fog hung in the air until near-midday. When the cloud cover finally burned off, it revealed a warming afternoon light. Then came cool breezes. In these last moments of summer, as the afternoon light shined over the mountains, and a cool wind blew in from the north, we could feel an effortless, calming beauty. Time stretched out before us unknown, unknowable. “The past and the future … empty as a dream.”
2016 marks the second harvest under our own roof. We have already brought in fruit from two vineyards. Our first harvest was September 1: Pinot Noir from Gremlin Vineyard in Carneros, Sonoma, just down the road from our little house in town. The second pick was just this past Monday, Labor Day, from Kim Giles Vineyard, a place stranded between Carneros and American Canyon and just above the San Pablo Bay. We are thrilled to be working with both of these vineyards for the first time. The Pinot Noir from Gremlin is already nearing the completion of fermentation on indigenous yeasts; Kim Giles’s fruit has barely begun.
But there’s more. We are also very excited to be working with two new Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Napa Valley: Beck Vineyard, a less than one acre plot of clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon with a small planting of Merlot alongside it, and Harmony School Vineyard, a one-acre vineyard of clone 6. Both vineyards are in the foothills of the Vaca Mountains, in the Coombsville AVA. We will also be returning to Loma Blanc Vineyard for old, Wente clone Chardonnay from the Carneros, Napa appellation, and we will be bringing in Sauvignon Blanc from Alsace Vineyard in Rutherford. For the first time we will also bring in a small amount of Pinot Noir from Filigreen Farm, an organic farm just north of Boonville, CA in Anderson Valley.
In the tasting room and online, we have three new wines available: The 2015 Rosé de Saignée, a tasty and succulent dry rosé wine with a deep red rose color, the 2013 Chardonnay, and the 2013 Pinot Noir, both from Carneros, Napa Valley. Find them here. And there are many exciting changes at the winery. We initiated a new online reservation system, which has greatly streamlined the reservation process for the tasting room. We’ve incorporated more and newer wines into the selection available by the glass. We’ve added some new items to the tasting menu – including Vignette Wine Country Sodas for all the families with children visiting the winery – and we’ve added photography by Darren Ankenman and have new paintings on display from Aiden Kringen.
As always, the magic trick is to continue to be completely and effortlessly true. As a stand-alone, bonded winery in downtown Napa Valley, we are committed to working with small, sustainable farms, to non-interventionist winemaking, and handmade, artisanal wines. If you haven’t already, schedule a tasting with Sean or Juliana here.
Walk to End Alzheimer’s — There is still time to contribute to our 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event this Saturday, September 10, 2016 in Yountville, CA. $5 from every bottle of 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon sold now through September 10, 2016 is donated to the our local Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Norma “Peachy” Crosby. Buy that wine here. Support our team or make a donation in support of your own loved one!
Crusher Games III — Explore the Crusher Wine District and visit our industrial chic winery space in Napa Valley next September 17th, Noon – 4pm! The Crusher Wine District is a cutting-edge collective of modern, edgy and urban wineries clustered in the south district of Napa. For our third annual Crusher Games, we’ll have a selection of whimsical games to enjoy outside (think Wine Pong, Barrel Putt-Putt, Bung Bung Barrel Toss, etc.), amazing prizes, DJ spinning and, of course, we’ve lined up some great food for you enjoy. Enter the code CROSBY for a $10 discount per ticket.
A special note to members
We held off on shipping and charging members for the July shipment due to continued warm temperatures throughout the month. Members who have not already picked up their allocations will be receiving their July and September shipments in the mail within the next month. July was our “choose your allocation” month, so if you haven’t already done so, please let us know which wine from the library you’d like us to include in your shipment by writing Juliana here.
Juliana & Sean