Intense Conditions For DeLille Yield Great Tasting Fruit This Fall Harvest
Labor Day weekend usually signals back to school, the firstdays of Fall, and grape harvest season. Not this year. The unusually cold summer delayed the much-anticipated grape harvest or synonymously called ‘crush’ season. Grapes are maturing ever so slowly in our vineyards resulting in lower yields and smaller berry size. The good news is, this will provide more intense, high-quality, flavorful wines.
Vintners across the regions are at least 3 weeks behind in starting to Crush grapes this year, although at DeLille Cellars we finally started to harvest Savignon Blanc last week followed by Merlot and Syrah. This late start makes for a condensed shorter season to harvest all of the fruit before the traditional first frost of late October. Winemakers throughout the entire West Coast are facing these same challenges. These intense conditions will bring about some of the greatest tasting wines in recent history. 2011 Vintages across the board should be very high quality from the premium producers.
For those of you interested in the harvest process, many small artisan wineries rely on passionate volunteers to help during this busy season. Volunteering at harvest provides an inside look into the winemaking process. It is no longer like Lucy and Ethel, so no need for a pre-crush pedicure. Modern day equipment has truly perfected the hand crafted wine making process. We love our volunteers as much as they love the experience. Their passion helps inspire winemakers to create truly the highest quality, hand crafted wine. The complimentary bottle at the end of the day as a reward for their hard work makes it all worthwhile. Each individual winery has its own process and system during harvest season. Harvest begins the transition from fruit on the vine to becoming the wine in your glass. Cheers!
Find DeLille Cellars:
14208 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 489-0544