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Cameron Winery’s guide to making Pinot Noir
On a sunlit day in September, the Cameron Winery Vinfolk gathered in our bucolic vineyard to share stories, break bread and explore the nuances of Pinot noir.
And now, in celebration of the release of our 2013 single vintage wines, we invite you join our community and watch this hand crafted video that, at last, shares one family recipe for making Pinot noir.
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John, Julian and Danny vs ravenous birds at Abbey Ridge vineyard during harvest 2010.
It’s a miracle! The first two weeks of October were pure rain and seemed to signal a disastrous harvest ahead. Indeed in most years such an event would have rotted the fruit and sent us scurrying for a positive message to be gleaned from it all. And, indeed, I was at that point as recently as October 15th.But then a wondrous thing occurred: the sun came out, the temperatures warmed up and I happily discovered that the fruit had, in most cases, been so far from ripeness earlier in the month that botrytis had not seen fit to start its attack. Slowly, very slowly, I found my optimism returning. By the 20th of October when, incredibly, we picked our first grapes www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTB41_
And now as we hit the end of the month we are seeing gorgeous Pinot noir filling our fermenters, Pinot noir with firm acidity and moderate sugars (hooray for 12.5% alcohols) and, wonder of wonders, ripe full flavors. Meanwhile the white grapes continue to sit in the vineyards slowly losing acid and gaining flavors (the working descriptor here is slowly!). But still the long-term forecasts are holding in there and our first picking of Clos Electrique Blanc yielded pommace from the press that smelled of cloves, a very good sign!!
“Wine is all about image,” declares hipster consultant Michel Ard’on, and we couldn’t agree more — after all, we paid him to tell us to say that. And so, taking his advice to heart, we re-branded our mailer this year as a moving image, a documentary which shines the hard light of truth into the dark, stuffy closet of the wine industry, revealing… well, what do we have back in there? A few coats… an umbrella… woah! micro-oxygenation — so small! … and — hey, the Wine Advocate! So that’s where we left it! And… I know it’s in here somewhere… Aha! MondoEgo!
(Thanks to Matt Giraud for directing, shooting, and cutting together this flick.)
Recent News & Rants
I am a bit perplexed by the popularity of a relatively new genre of wine: “Natural Wines”. In my opinion, this is a narrow and arbitrary classification meant to suit the marketing needs of whoever is using it. When I see a cloudy wine and am told “Oh this is a natural wine”, I am compelled to retort “I can’t think of anything more natural than gravity…maybe the winemaker should have waited to rack his wine for bottling!” And when one encounters a wine which is either oxidized or smells of fingernail polish remover or has been brutalized by a lactic acid bacteria infection, sure these are “natural processes” but they also emanate from poor winemaking practices.There’s More... >
2016 was an extremely dry and warm vintage. Because of water stress, the berries were smaller and crop smaller than usual. However, a beneficient rain in early September re-hydrated the fruit and the result is a cellar of very concentrated and wonderfully balanced wines. Get ready for a brilliant 2016 vintage of small production down the road!There’s More... >
Guido, our 18 year old Tuxedoed cat, quietly passed away on August 18. For 17 vintages, Guido was our constant companion in the cellar, in the vineyard, in the yurt.There’s More... >