Holiday 2015 Newsletter


Hi Friends,

Fall is here and with it the lovely reds and golds of the season. Our driveway and vineyards rival any painting. The leaves fall with the slightest breeze and drift in piles everywhere. The vineyard rows stand at attention, their golden bedecked tendrils reaching to the blue sky awaiting something as if they have not finished for the year. A carpet of green in the vineyard that came up after the rain we recently received gives us hope for more. We’re heading towards the Holidays. Soon it will be Thanksgiving and then Christmas. The year is winding down. Time to reflect.

This year has been a good one, despite many challenges. We have much to be thankful for. Filled to the brim with many events, it was a fast moving, happening place around here! Thankfully our event season went by smoothly and, without rain. Again, we met so many wonderful people from all over the country and the world. We enjoyed sharing our wine, hearing their stories, meeting their families. We’ve found that everyone is awed by the beauty of our area. All want to know more about the vineyards and how wine is made–how the simple grape becomes a delicious beverage loved around the world. One man we met at an event here who comes closest to knowing is Larry Stone, world renowned wine sommelier, who gave us his take on wine. We’ve met many who know wine daily but when it comes right down to it we are all wine experts in our own way, for wine is an individual experience. What we might love in a bottle of wine may not be your choice at all. And that’s just fine. That’s the fun part about wine. We all know what we like and don’t like.  

But while the bottle tells the final story, the beginning of the story is in the vineyard. And this past year brought us many challenges to farming. While this past Spring we received an adequate amount of well-timed rain, all the while tending to our primarily dry farming techniques, we experienced a very cool May which reduced our Pinot Noir crop size. By the start of Summer we had received a fair amount of normal seasonal morning fog which plays a significant role in growing exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay helping things in our favor a bit.
As a result of a relatively warm winter and a lighter crop, the grapes were ready earlier than ever before. In fact, our apples, berries, and other crops also matured earlier than ever. Our grape harvest began on August 21st and was completed on September 3rd. Harvest went by in a whirl of activity. Estimates of crop size were all over the board. Everyone could easily tell the crop levels were lower than in previous years but no one predicted a 45% drop overall! The good news is we expect the quality of the 2015 vintage will be amazing.

At our Fall Wine Fête held this past weekend we were able to taste and compare a flight of our 2012, 2013 and our as yet unreleased, 2014 vintage.  

Not surprisingly, for we had tasted the 2014 in the barrel last Spring and declared it exceptional, this past Sunday we agreed with our first assessment–the 2014 is truly over the top exceptional! With a very fruit forward nose--aromatic and bold, and a deep red color akin to garnets and rubies it is a lovely glass of wine to behold. It’s velvety mouth feel and complex flavors of blueberry, black cherry, tarragon and a hint of smoky barbecue rival any Pinot on the market. And with a great finish right now it will only improve as it matures over the next year. We look forward to its release in the New Year! Can’t wait!

Until then we are babying along our 2015 vintage with kid gloves for every drop is precious and if our 2014 vintage is any indication the 2015 vintage might very well surpass it! Wow! That will be amazing! We can’t wait for this new vintage’s release!

We will keep you posted on the transformation of this new vintage. Until then we hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season. We’ll be back to you again in the New Year!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!

From Dan and Jan and
Everyone at O’Connell Vineyards and Vine Hill House

"True love is like a fine wine"



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