We are preparing to bottle our 2012 wines and this time, we will have a new wine to reveal! We will be creating a special blend of the original three varieties that were planted to the vineyard when we purchased it in 2007: Merlot, Syrah, and Grenache. The result is a fun, fruity, blend that will pair perfectly with simple, everyday dishes like pasta and BBQ.
Last weekend, the Record Family came together for our annual Thanksgiving celebration. After enjoying an amazing spread of delicious dishes, we pulled out some barrel samples of the 2012 wines and created the blend. Everyone had a chance to give us feedback and even contribute to the conversation about what to name this special blend.
[2012 barrel samples of the original varieties planted at Paso de Record.]
2012 barrel samples of the original varieties planted at Paso de Record.
[Putting together the blend!]
Putting together the blend!
We are so thankful for each member of this wonderful family and enjoyed sharing this process with them! We can’t wait to bottle the wine and reveal the details of this special blend next year!
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It is hard to believe how quickly 2013 is coming to a close. It is evident when driving through the Paso Robles wine region that cooler temps have arrived, and the vines are DONE for the year. The colors are vibrant and varied, from bright yellows to deep reds, and even the beginning of brown are everywhere. It won’t be long before the leaves are crispy and falling off the vine altogether!
[The Merlot vine I have been following all year, on it's way to dormancy.]
The Merlot vine I have been following all year, on it’s way to dormancy.
[A cool Fall morning, it won't be long until there is frost between the vines thanks to the cooler temps.]
A cool Fall morning, it won’t be long until there is frost between the vines thanks to the cooler temps.
[The leaves are about to fall and soon there will just be the canes waiting to be pruned in the Spring.]
The leaves are about to fall and soon there will just be the canes waiting to be pruned in the Spring.
[We recently enjoyed a girl's weekend with some special family members. Paso is beautiful this time of year!]
We recently enjoyed a girl’s weekend with some special family members. Paso is beautiful this time of year!
It has been a busy month in the vineyard. We typically don’t start harvest until late September or early October, but this year we are going to be finishing up with the last of our Merlot on October 1st! I arrived in Paso just hours before a crew showed up to start harvesting Merlot, including the vine I have been following all year.
[A common siting around Paso, trucks hauling grapes.]
A common siting around Paso, trucks hauling grapes.
[A cluster just before the machine harvester got to it!]
A cluster just before the machine harvester got to it!
[The remains of a cluster after harvest.]
The remains of a cluster after harvest.
[You can really see the difference between our Grenache (left) and Syrah (right) this time of year!]
You can really see the difference between our Grenache (left) and Syrah (right) this time of year!
Another growing season coming to an end. We are looking forward to cooler temperatures and working on various vineyard improvements before next Spring!
Harvest has ended and the 2012 wines are now in the winery getting ready to be put into barrels where they will age until they are bottled in Spring 2014! Here is a quick overview of what happened during harvest!
We started harvest on September 21st with 4.78 tons of Grenache that went to a local Paso Robles winery for a Red Blend.
Grenache fruit, ready to go!
Next up was 29.12 tons of Syrah, harvested on September 24th, and trucked down to a winery in Santa Barbara, followed by 3.45 tons of Syrah for Record Family Wines on September 25th.
Syrah vines ready for harvest!
The majority of Merlot was harvested for a local Paso Robles winery with 72.78 tons on October 3rd, and 7.47 tons on October 12th.
Merlot grapes headed to the winery!
We harvested 7.26 tons of Grenache for Record Family Wines on October 9th. In addition to using the Grenache in Randy’s Red, we also have another release planned using the 2012 Grenache grapes that will be perfect for summer!
We wrapped up harvest on October 18th, with the remaining 5.03 tons of Merlot for Record Family Wines.
2012 Harvest Results:
Merlot – 85.28 tons
Syrah – 32.57 tons
Grenache – 12.04 tons
TOTAL – 129.89 tons of which 15.74 tons are for Record Family Wines
Fall is arguably the most beautiful time in the vineyard. The grapes have been harvested and it’s now time for the vines to shine! Here are some of my favorite pics taken in our vineyard on 11/11/11 by Randy.
Firewood cut from vines we pulled out last Spring.
If you look closely, you can see the photographer!
A good view of our new vines and area to be planted next Spring.
What a sunset!
The calm before the storm.
The creek is dry now, will it run again this winter?
The last of the green turning into magnificent fall colors.
From the sky to the vines, beautiful, vibrant colors!
We hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons as much as we are!