Current Grape Availability 2-12-19

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)
Barbera 3.375 Mid Sept 1.05/lb
Primitivo 3.15 Mid Sept 1.05/lb
Tempranillo* SOLD OUT Mid Sept 1.05/lb
Quinta** 6 shares Mid-Late Sept $300/share
 Touriga* WAIT LIST Late Sept-Early Oct 1.05/lb

*Non-Quinta=Iberian varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = A field of touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela planted in 2005.  One share entitles holder to 250 lb of a field blend of Quinta grapes in the proportions that they are harvested this year.  For example, if 40% of the total Quinta production is touriga, then 40% of each shareholder’s 250 lb allotment will be touriga.  Harvest will be on a single day, likely a Saturday to accommodate home winemakers, with date optimized around ripeness of the touriga nacional.  The Quinta has historically provided superb grapes for a port-style blend as well as dry red blend.

Current Grape Availability 2-11-19

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)
Barbera 3.5 Mid Sept 1.05/lb
Primitivo 3.15 Mid Sept 1.05/lb
Tempranillo* 0.1 Mid Sept 1.05/lb
Quinta** 8 shares Mid-Late Sept $300/share
 Touriga* WAIT LIST Late Sept-Early Oct 1.05/lb

*Non-Quinta=Iberian varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = A field of touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela planted in 2005.  One share entitles holder to 250 lb of a field blend of Quinta grapes in the proportions that they are harvested this year.  For example, if 40% of the total Quinta production is touriga, then 40% of each shareholder’s 250 lb allotment will be touriga.  Harvest will be on a single day, likely a Saturday to accommodate home winemakers, with date optimized around ripeness of the touriga nacional.  The Quinta has historically provided superb grapes for a port-style blend as well as dry red blend.

Vineyard Diary 10-12-18

We completed our final harvest of 2018 on September 29, capping what is likely to go down as an outstanding California vintage year.  I know, I know:  mathematically speaking, how can every year be above average?  Really, we think this was may have been the finest vintage since the outstanding 2012.  The weather for the 2018 vintage was marked by a cool, wet spring, followed by a hot, but not super hot, summer.  There were no long stretches with highs over 100 F, and probably no days north of 105 F here in the Foothills.  That is unusual. Even more unusual was the string of moderately warm  days–upper 80’s and low 90’s for high–beginning in mid-August and extending through harvest.  We really appreciate that at Shaker Ridge, where arid conditions, desiccating breezes, and hot temperatures sometimes outstrip our ability to irrigate heading into harvest, which can be very discouraging after a season’s effort.

We did get frequent visits from the local bear–we believe now bears–that we had never actually seen but had ample evidence of, this year.  This season, we not only spotted bears in daylight on 2 occasions, observed the telltale bear poops, and saw the places where our vineyard fence was squished down, we actually caught the bears on our game cam more than once.  Please check out our “Vineyard Gallery” posting which shows some shots from the middle of the night on September 10.  It happened again repeatedly afterwards, despite efforts to discourage it.  In the end, we probably only lost a few hundred pounds of harvest-able fruit, so it’s more the chance of a dangerous encounter that we worry about with these mostly nocturnal visitors.

Once again, we can’t say enough about how grateful we are for our loyal clients who we get to see only once or twice a year at harvest time.  Without exception, you worked with us through the usual logistical challenges around harvest and picked up the grapes when they were ready, arriving at the appointed time, and being patient if we weren’t quite ready.  We also appreciate the wine samples many generously provided from past Shaker Ridge vintages; both our commercial buyers and home winemakers make some stunning wines that are the ultimate “thank you” for us.

We had to raise prices again this past year to keep up with our rising labor costs and anticipated increased regulatory burden associated with irrigation, but we believe that our clients know that we strive for perfection and generally deliver an above-average product.  Unfortunately, farming wine grapes is not quite like manufacturing widgets, and ultimately we can only control what we can control, but after our 15th vintage, we’ve seen a few things and, as in any endeavor, experience counts.

Though it remains Indian summer conditions here in mid-October, our favorite autumn season is upon us, bringing with it cooler temperatures and the promise of rain, wild mushrooms, abundant game, holidays with family, and time to relax and enjoy some wine.

“And what he’d left behind he hadn’t valued

Half as much as some things

He never knew.”

from “Call of the West”

by Wall of Voodoo

 

 

 

Current Grape Availability 10-9-18

 

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)/lb

 

Barbera# SOLD OUT Mid Sept 0.95
Primitivo## SOLD OUT Mid Sept 0.95
Tempranillo SOLD OUT Mid Sept 1.15
Quinta* SOLD OUT Mid-Late Sept 1.25
 Touriga* SOLD OUT Late Sept-Early Oct 1.10

*Non-Quinta=Portugese varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela field planted in 2005

#Late harvest fruit as of 9-28-18

##Late harvest fruit as of 9-15-18

 

 

Current Grape Availability 9-28-18

 

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)/lb

 

Barbera# 1.0 Mid Sept 0.95
Primitivo## 1.0 Mid Sept 0.95
Tempranillo SOLD OUT Mid Sept 1.15
Quinta* SOLD OUT Mid-Late Sept 1.25
 Touriga* 0.5 Late Sept-Early Oct 1.10

*Non-Quinta=Portugese varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela field planted in 2005

#Late harvest fruit as of 9-28-18

##Late harvest fruit as of 9-15-18

 

 

Current Grape Availability 9-26-18

 

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)/lb

 

Barbera 1.0 Mid Sept 0.95
Primitivo# 1.0 Mid Sept 0.95
Tempranillo* SOLD OUT Mid Sept 1.15
Quinta** SOLD OUT Mid-Late Sept 1.25
 Touriga* Waitlist Late Sept-Early Oct 1.10

*Non-Quinta=Portugese varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela field planted in 2005

#Late harvest fruit as of 9-15-18

Waitlist:    If you would like to get on the waitlist for a given varietal, please contact us.  Home winemkaer quantities of Quinta grapes may become available.These will be posted immediately upon harvest of main crop and distribution to confirmed clients.

 

Current Grape Availability 9-23-18

 

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)/lb

 

Barbera 1.5 Mid Sept 0.95
Primitivo# 1.5 Mid Sept 0.95
Tempranillo* SOLD OUT Mid Sept 1.15
Quinta** 0.1 Mid-Late Sept 1.25
 Touriga* Waitlist Late Sept-Early Oct 1.10

*Non-Quinta=Portugese varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela field planted in 2005

#Late harvest fruit as of 9-15-18

Waitlist:    If you would like to get on the waitlist for a given varietal, please contact us.  Home winemkaer quantities of Quinta grapes may become available.These will be posted immediately upon harvest of main crop and distribution to confirmed clients.

 

Current Grape Availability 9-22-18

 

Varietal Amount Still Available for Sale (tons) Expected Optimal Harvest Time Price ($)/lb

 

Barbera 1.5 Mid Sept 0.95
Primitivo# 1.5 Mid Sept 0.95
Tempranillo* Waitlist Mid Sept 1.15
Quinta** 0.2 Mid-Late Sept 1.25
 Touriga* Waitlist Late Sept-Early Oct 1.10

*Non-Quinta=Portugese varietals not part of Quinta field.

**The Quinta = touriga nacional, tempranillo, tinta cao, souzao, tinta amarela field planted in 2005

#Late harvest fruit as of 9-15-18

Waitlist:    If you would like to get on the waitlist for a given varietal, please contact us.  Home winemkaer quantities of Quinta grapes may become available, and larger amounts of primitivo and barbera are likely.  These will be posted immediately upon harvest of main crop and distribution to confirmed clients.

 

Grape Chemistry 9-22-18

Varietal Date Sugar (Brix) pH Total Acidity (%)
primitivo 8-17-18 19.1 3.14 1.10
8-26-18 23.2 3.25 0.95
8-31-18

(mean)

23.4 3.34 0.82
8-31-18a 24.2 3.36 0.82
8-31-18b 22.6 3.32 0.81
barbera 8-26-18 23.2 3.02 1.30
8-31-18 24.0 3.10 1.18
9-7-18

(mean)

26.5 3.11 1.16
9-7-18a 27.0 3.14 1.15
9-7-18b 26.0 3.08 1.16
9-22-18

(Block 1)

27.9 3.21 0.95
tempranillo 9-8-18 21.8 3.73 0.33
touriga (Quinta) 9-8-18 22.4 3.39 0.64
9-15-19 22.8 3.33 0.60
touriga (non-Quinta) 9-15-19 22.8 3.26 0.60
9-22-18 23.3 3.34 0.62