When our new winemakers joined the team this summer, we hoped they'd be rewarded with a good first vintage. We wanted them to ease into Pahlmeyer winemaking with good ripe fruit, balanced flavors and acidity, and a steady harvest free of panic, killer heat spikes and heavy rains. But "good" doesn't do the 2012 growing season and harvest justice.
"Picture perfect" is how winemaker Kale Anderson describes it. "There's nothing more I could have asked of Mother Nature," he says.
From the dry winter came a warm spring. From the early budbreak came great berry set, and with steady heat came an ample crop, allowing us to trim yields with tremendous selectivity. Berries were small with the high skin-to-flesh ratio that results in rich concentration. And to top it off, ripeness came early only to be followed by a dreamy cool spell and luxuriously long hangtime to soften tannins.
"The 2012 wines will be opulent," says Kale. He predicts supple, chocolatey tannins, plenty of structure and viscosity, a strong mid-palate and loads of flavor. Nice way to kick-off a Pahlmeyer winemaking career!