This morning with the help of our wonderful volunteers we harvested 1,059 lbs of Malvasia Bianca and 773 lbs of Vermentino. We had plenty of help so we were done well before the heat of the day which is always good for the workers and the grapes 🙂
On July 23 we harvested 7,263 lbs of Sauvignon Blanc which is less than last season but the grapes made LOTS of juice and Gene (owner of Lost Oak Winery) told me that he tasted it today and ‘it is to die for’ – hurray! Many thanks to all of you who were able to help with that harvest.
We have 3 varieties still to be harvested: Cabernet Franc (the ‘biggie’), Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Franc will probably be next, it is ripening well and could be ready by next weekend (August 26). We are estimating 9,000 lbs so it will be a busy day :0
It typically takes about a year for the white wines to be released (meaning they are available for purchase) and longer for the red wines since they are aged in barrels before bottling.
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has been bottled and should be available shortly. It was entered in the 2017 Lone Star International Wine Competition and received a Bronze Medal. Lost Oak Winery posted a few days ago that the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is on sale, so if you liked it and want more you can get a deal.
The Malvasia Bianca and Vermentino are usually used in a white blend that has wonderful fruity aromas and taste. In 2014 it was called Quintet and in 2015 it was called Quartet. For those who tend to like sweeter wines it’s usually a good choice even though it isn’t technically a sweet wine. I don’t know if the 2015 is still available at Lost Oak since it tends to be popular. I haven’t heard what the 2016 blend will be called or if it’s been bottled – I’ll find out.
The 2015 Cabernet Franc won a bronze medal in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, so that’s two years in a row (the 2014 vintage also received a bronze). It also won a gold medal at the Texas International Wine Competition. Good news/bad news – it’s sold out. The 2016 Cabernet Franc is still in barrels and will be bottled this fall. Those who have tasted it from the barrel have said that it is the best yet – full and smooth. We’ll let you know when it is bottled and released.
Our Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from 2016 will likely be part of red blend that will be bottled this fall. This works well for the winery since they are not large quantities and blends are a great way to combine varietals with different characteristics and end up with a great wine (Bordeaux blends, GSM for instance).