The smaller, South Vineyard was planted - in the rain - on March 17 & 18, 2006, making them 11-year-old vines. It is what we refer to as our "test" vineyard with 14 vines each of the following varieties: Merlot, Shiraz, Reisling and Symphony. Not many people have heard of Symphony. It is a white grape that was developed by UC Davis for the Volcano Winery in Hawaii. Pat and I visited there while on vacation in 2005 and had finally found a sweet, white that we both loved. They say you should grow what you like to drink, so that is where we started. We expanded to the North in March of 2008 with 160 more vines; Merlot, Shiraz and Riesling primarily. However, thanks to a couple of good friends' offer of free cuttings, we also are growing some Sauvignon Blanc and Blanc du Bois. The Grapes are NO LONGER organically grown due to the extreme moisture the last two years. We are currently growing the following grapes:
- Merlot - is a dark blue-coloured wine grape, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to derive from the Old French word for young blackbird, merlot, probably from the color of the grape. Merlot-based wines usually have medium body with hints of berry, plum, and currant.
- Shiraz - Scents of dark plum, and a hint of blackberry, prepare the palate for an intense explosion of rich fruit, chocolate and toasty oak. Ripe tannins balance the flavors and make it perfect for any meat you choose to barbeque.
- Riesling - is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. In terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is clearly influenced by the wine's place of origin.
- Symphony - The Symphony grape is a white grape that was created at UC Davis in California and is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris. The Symphony grape has a bouquet of peach, apricot, and lychee.
- Sauvignon Blanc - Classic aromas of grapefruit and grass set the stage for a shower of citrus flavors and a crisp finale. A brisk, invigorating wine that's perfect with appetizers and outstanding with grilled chicken and seafood.
- Blanc du Bois - has a citrus flavor to it. When strong, it is a grapefruit-like flavor predominant in dry wines. However, in sweet wines, this is toned down a bit to hints of citrus like lemon-lime and orange peel, with the muskiness of the Muscat more pronounced in the dessert wines. It tends to pair well with seafood and chicken dishes.
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