At Lions Peak we are once again preparing for another harvest! This has been an exceptional growing season. The rainfall over the winter was approximately 31.5 inches. This resulted in a later bud break, and cooler weather during flowering. We did have some shattering and with cool temperatures we have experienced an extended growing season. This has led to concern about frost protection. Although LP has had concern about the later than usual growing season, we had no issues with fruit set.
The vineyard is in excellent condition and the changes that we have implemented over the last few years have made a major transformation in the vines. The heat has once again spiked up in August with temperatures exceeding the 90’s and some days reaching into the 100’s. With the late growing season we are just now starting to see verasion mid-August, and the forecast for this year’s harvest is anticipated to be a few weeks later than usual later this year. This year’s yield appears to be lower than average due to the growing season and the fact that we pruned the vines back to produce higher quality fruit for our ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon.
Many of our club members that have been with us for many years know that we have been replanting Cabernet Sauvignon vines and changing the method of pruning from cordon pruning to cane pruning. The old cordons on Block 1 and 2 were removed beginning in the winter of 2015 and 2016, and the 50 year old block of Cabernet Sauvignon vines a had major cleanup of their canes and the head of the vines during the same period. This major and costly endeavor was necessary to ensure that our old vines will produce exceptional quality fruit for the years to come. In 2018 we removed 4 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Block 1 and 3, and planted Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot in a new block, Block 4.
The new vines are already starting to produce and by 2020 these new vines will be in full production. As I write the newsletter, the clusters of the grapes have set and verasion took place and the first fruit has been produced on some of the new vines. We are starting to see the final results or the 2019 growing season in Block 4 of the new vineyard. All of the past year’s efforts have come together at this very moment and we are anticipating that this year’s harvest should be early November.
It is important to understand that harvest is the result of all the effort that has taken place during the growing season. Some like to think that the grapes just grow themselves and figuratively speaking they do; however, with a little help from us! At Lions Peak we are fortunate to have an excellent vineyard team from the beginning of the vintage year to the harvest. We are completely hands on operation and over the 27 years that I have been at the owner of Lions Peak our commitment to Mother earth and to produce wines without compromise.
Other than our vines our 100 recently planted olive trees are in production and by next year our Estate will be producing olive oil, tapenades, and bread dipping oil. We have a recently planted a small orchard that has organic fruit and will have organic vegetables and herbs.
The final stages of the permitting process of converting Lions Peak 50 year old barn to winery and tasting room on our Estate Vineyard have been permitted. This has been a dream in the process for 27 years, and the Estate will have a winery and tasting room located on the hillside overlooking the vineyard. The views are spectacular and the plan is to make it possible for you to enjoy this special part of nature year round. You will be able to just relax and view Lions Peak’s Vineyard and taste one or many of our Bordeaux red wines and a few of our favorite other varietals!
The Peak’s 2017 Bordeaux line up was bottled this summer, and we hope that you made it to our new release party. The new Cabernet Franc and Malbec are exceptional. The 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon will be bottled in January and has been barrel aged in new Nadalie French oak. We have selected a variety of French oak to enhance the complexity of the wines, and it is our belief that when you taste our new releases that you will be as excited as we are. For our open house and Leo Celebration in August, we had barrel samples of our new reds and offered futures of these reds. Each varietal has distinct characteristics and flavor profiles, and we leave it to you for your comments. Since the 1990’s the plan was to produce five of the Bordeaux reds, and now are producing all five varietals and having our own Estate wines. This is our second Malbec, and it will be part of our portfolio of Bordeaux Wines. Moving forward, Lions Peak will be producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and our proprietary Bordeaux blends.
The 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon will be bottled in December and has been barrel -aged in new Nadalie French oak. We have selected a variety of French oak to enhance the complexity of the wines, and it is our belief that when you taste our new releases that you will be as excited as we are. For our open house and Leo Celebration in August, we had barrel samples of our new reds and offered futures of these reds. Each varietal has distinct characteristics and flavor profiles, and we leave it to you for your comments. It is exciting to be producing all five Bordeaux varietals. This is our second Malbec, and it will be part of our portfolio of Bordeaux Wines. Moving forward, Lions Peak will be producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and our proprietary Bordeaux blends.
LIONS PEAK LAUNCHING TWO SECONDARY BRANDS
Since BFF has become one of the favorite wines at Lions Peak, BFF is becoming its own brand and label. This is an exciting forthcoming venture for us. BFF will become its own brand name and will have many new blends and fun labels that are focused on friendship.
The other new secondary brand will be called j. rose and will have only whites and Sparkling Wines in its portfolio. The whites will be my favorite whites that I have enjoyed as a Sommelier.
VIEW OUR EVENTS FROM NOVEMBER 2019 TO MARCH 2020
Seeing that you have enjoyed our events, we have looked at our calendar and have scheduled an assortment of events throughout the Fall and Winter. On a weekly basis you are always welcome to stop in for a tasting and enjoy our portfolio of wines. We want to hear from you pertaining to your favorite wines and ideas of future activities at LP. We have provided you a rough outline of events; however, throughout the year we shall be sending you the details of each planned activity or view our website for information. You can also view all of the scheduled events which are featured on our web site. lionspeakwines.com.
December 6th & 31st
Jules Festival. Come join us at Lion’s Peak Tasting Room during this event. READ MORE
Lions Peak Open House. The holidays have arrived, join us Saturday, from 4-7 pm with Holiday appetizers and live music. READ MORE