Singin’ In The Rain
March 20, 2014
Whoo-Hooo! It has rained TWICE in 16 weeks and we are “livin’ large” as we achieve 50% of our annual rainfall! That may not sound like a lot, but compared to zero it’s a big improvement. Any more rain like that last one and we might be allowed to take showers and flush toilets this year. But another snow like the one in December appears unlikely.
Spring is underway in the vineyard. The wild flowers and cover crop are in bloom and the Chardonnay buds became leaves this past weekend. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc are close behind, but the Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon are still slumbering. Good for them. Remember that grapevines are just like children; they behave best when they are asleep.
The biggest news of the moment is the release of Athena’s Muse this week. Just as Athena is known to be Apollo’s sister, this marvelous blend of Rhone varieties is closely related in style with our Apollo’s Lyre. It is comprised of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre (pronounced mor-VED) grapes in the traditional manner and delivers silken mouth-filling fruit. Some may note a hint of recent bottling in the aroma, something like a youthful beauty who hasn’t quite learned how to kiss yet. Giving this wine another few weeks to develop will be fully rewarded. In the meantime we will be bottling the 2011 Barbera to get it ready for release in June. More news on that to come.
Ready or not, here comes Passport Weekend! It’s El Dorado’s annual extravaganza. On either of two weekends (April 5-6 and April 12-13) thousands of merry wine lovers will descend upon 30 wineries to enjoy wine and food pairings and great prices. Please Check out our website's "Events" page for a direct link to purchase tickets! If you like high-energy wine events, this is the one for you. For our Wine Club members who wish to access the special Passport prices and goodies in a quieter atmosphere, we have set aside each Friday just for you. That’s April 4 and April 11. No ticket, no charge!
Tasting room is open 11-5 daily! Come on up to Jodar!