Above is a photo of Block 5 Syrah taken this morning. As a result of the abundant new growth among the vines, activity in the vineyard has reached a new peak.
We are currently inoculating the vineyard against mildew, chiseling (turning up) soil between vine and olive rows to give roots access to oxygen, and a crew of 20 is in the process of planting our new blocks on the far east and west corners of the vineyard.
One of our favorite spots on the property is looking down the Las Tablas Creekbed from the covered bridge. Normally the creek would be flowing at this time of year but limited rainfall has led to a noticably dry, but still quite lush visual for 2012.
Winemaker Kevin Sass and General Manager Skylar Stuck are representing HalterRanch at Hospice du Rhone 2012 in Paso Robles. Three days of all things Rhone and we can say candidly that the event promises (as always) to be amazing. Selections from our current offering that will be making appearances are: 2009 Syrah, 2009 Cotes de Paso, 2011 Rose, and 2011 Cotes de Paso Blanc. In honor of HdR 2012 our tasting line up onsite will be more Rhone leaning as well. It will include the four wines listed above along with something special from the HRV cellar (fret not Cab and Zinfandel fans, both wines will still be available by the glass and on request for your tasting pleasure).
On May 9 Halter Ranch will be the featured producer at the Thomas Hill Organics Winemakers dinner. If you have not yet visited Thomas Hill, we cannot recommend it highly enough as a locally sourced farm to table experience with a great wine list and a beautiful atmosphere!
Sunday May 6 we will be offering a free walking tour of the vineyard and pond guided by our own Lindsey Burrell. Round trip this will be approximately a two mile walk through our beautiful vineyard ending back at the tasting room for H2O and vino.
Phew! The season is beginning to pick up speed…
We are in the process of retrofitting the Silo Barn in order to preserve it as a landmark of the HRV property and the history of the ranch. As a result of this process we have made an assortment of semi-archaeological, and legitimately archaeological discoveries. A highlight from the ‘semi’ category is pictured below.
As always thank you for reading and keep an eye here between now and Monday for notes from a recent comparative barrel tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Toward racking up a few points in the continuing education category our staff got to take a tour of the Rhone valley this morning. In the photo below is the line-up of what we tasted (and enjoyed!).