Harvest 2013 recap
There are few instances in life when everything just seems to come together perfectly. I’m happy to share that the harvest of 2013 was one of those instances. Mother nature smiled upon us and gave us perfect weather and allowed us a long and leisurely harvest.
The 2013 harvest got underway with some Sauvignon Blanc on September 2nd. You’re probably surprised to hear that we get any white grapes at Buccella. But we do make a miniscule quantity of this wine, which we use at the winery for special events such as winemaker dinners. If you’re curious about it, please make an appointment to visit us at our brand new, soon-to-be-open tasting salon. It’s the only place to find it, a lovely wine made from the Musque selection of Sauvignon Blanc that goes through a slow fermentation at low temperature in a combination of neutral oak and stainless steel barrels in order to retain the freshness and tropical flavors of the grapes.
The red crush started on September 9th with Syrah from Shake Ridge Vineyard in Amador. This amazing vineyard is the main source of our Mixed Blacks blend. We work with four Syrah clones, Mouvedre, and Petite Sirah from Ann Kraemer’s immaculate vineyard located in Sutter Creek. The first vintage of Buccella Mixed Blacks has just been released. It’s such a small production; you’ll want to get your hands on it before it’s all gone.
September and October were perfect ripening conditions and the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began on September 30th. The pace was leisurely and the final cluster passed over the crush pad on October 25th. A dry year like 2013 produced clusters with small berries, excellent concentration and color. Overall, the wines from 2013 are lush with intense flavors with perfectly developed tannin. I’m excited to see how they develop in barrel and look forward to enjoying them upon release in 2016.