Harvest 2014: Merlot from our Fortuna Vineyard

On a sunny September morning, we started harvesting our reds with Merlot from our Fortuna Vineyard in the upper bench of Oakville. In the coming days and weeks, we’ll walk the rows and sample berries from various clusters in search of that perfect balance of ripeness and maturity for our fruit. ¬†Our crew picks each cluster grown in our estate vineyards by hand, with multiple passes through the rows sometimes needed to ensure we pick only when it’s the perfect time. This is more time and labor consuming, yes… but is so important to making wine that’s interesting, delicious and extraordinary.