Atelier Winery

Atelier Winery blog is the blog of David Reed. David posts information about Atelier Winery, wines, and events. David encourages you to participate in Ateler's blog by posting your comments. Atelier Winery is a boutique family winery founded by lovers of the wine country lifestyle. Our passions for travel, art, literature, and tradition are harnessed in the making of our wines. We encourage you to share and enjoy our wines in good company.

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Location: Healdsburg, California, United States

Thursday, November 11, 2004

2004 Harvest Notes.

The 2004 grape harvest is complete! Although our harvest is small, it is action packed with sampling grapes, picking, crushing, pressing, and managing our fermentations. The vineyards may sound familiar to fans of Atelier Wines. We harvested the Alexander Valley Syrah vineyards that made our former home winemaking efforts famous as well as the Contra Costa County Zinfandel we've more recently become known for. Since this was an early season, we were able to monitor the grapes closely and obtain optimum ripeness prior to picking. Out in the warmer/sunnier location of Oakley, in Contra Costa, we harvested the zinfandel in mid-August, while in slightly cooler Alexander Valley the syrah grapes stubbornly held on until mid-September (still an early harvest for the typical year. The 2004 wines promise to be fine wines. As we put the wines to barrel, the colors were rich, aromas very pleasant, and the taste was vibrant with the flavors of quality Syrah and Zinfandel wines. Mark your calendars for Spring 2006. The wine promises not to disappoint. All the wine asks from us now is patience.


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