We are knee deep into Harvest 2015 at Blue Rock, and we are grateful as always for the beautiful estate fruit that makes the backbone of our wines. The size of our crop is lower by 40% compared to an average year but the berries are tiny which portends a concentrated and high quality crop. The heat wave around Labor Day pushed the brix to 25+ which forced us to pick some of the earliest on record.
At our Alexander Valley Estate blue Rock Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are at a record low for cluster weight and what we have picked thus far is 40 percent below normal crop yields. We have harvested about 75 percent of our grapes so far and the reds we have crushed to date are beautiful with deep colors and wonderful aromas. The berries are small but delicious.
The early reds, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, are looking spectacular with lots of blackberry and cherry aromas. The tannins are velvety and rich.
Blue Rock has not been affected by the Lake County fire and the winds have continued to push the smoke to the east away from northern Sonoma County. Also, smoke taint is not a concern for vineyards an hour away from the fire. We are reminded how lucky we are and our hearts go out for those who are effected