This season was the most stressful and exciting, not only for me, but also for all grape growers.  Think about it, nine months straight, trying to get every single detail in the vineyard right ~ pruning, tying, tilling, spraying, shoot positioning, thinning. And waiting!  Checking out all the weather reports at least three times a day, my best predictor, watching the western skies from my deck.

Keep in mind Oregon’s dry and warm winter, then the very cool conditions from April through June. July through September temperatures were near normal to slightly cooler.

Harvest was at least 14 to 21 days behind.  Please, give us our glorious Oregon Indian Summer; warm days and cool evenings and no rain.  Yes, yes, yes, our wishes came true with a warming trend in late September and early October.

Advances in ripening thrilled winemakers and growers with the potential for a balanced vintage with lower alcohols.  Our patience with the growing season has proved fruitful!  The clusters are small and beautiful, yields low; this will be a very fine vintage.  What I know for sure….this very, very late vintage of 2010 will be remembered for a long, long time.

The cannons are off, the bird screamers are off and the birds are flying south; now let us go make some wine!

Come see the Redman Family at ourCelebrating the Vintage and Thanksgiving Open Houses.  If you cannot visit and would like to purchase some wine ~ just give Cathy a call at 503-554-1290. I will be delighted to honor your request.

Blessings, Cathy Redman 

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