We've been trunk training the 500-600 new plants that make up our expanded Pinot block, our new Chardonnay block and re-plants of failed vines throughout the vineyard. It's historic work when you consider that those crooked, gnarly trunks you see in old vineyards were once very delicate shoots.
This morning Celeste and I bottled our 2013 wines. I’ve been making wine for a long time for my family and friends, but the whole texture of it has changed since we planted our vineyard and moved to the Russian River Valley.
When we originally planted the back block on the vineyard (Block 5), Celeste was adamant about the balance between grape rows and open space. But after a few not-so-subtle hints from me, a few carefully-chosen words from our social media manager and the promise of a larger supply of quality Pinot Noir fruit (which appealed to her bookkeeping nature), Celeste relented. We've just finished planting a small addition to our Block 5 vineyard.