Old Vine Zin Cultivated 3 Times May 2014                          Cabernet on Drip May 2014 

Dateline: May 9, 2014

Spring Is Well At Hand
Despite the terrible drought our State has been undergoing our vineyards look surprisingly good.  How much longer they will continue to look vibrant remains to be seen.  We have been cultivating the dry farmed Zinfandel vines extensively to conserve what moisture we have accumulated which is only 16 inches.  Last year at this time we had 24 inches which was below normal.  We have been drip irrigating early those vineyard blocks that are set up for drip.  Our wells are holding well fortunately but there are many growers across the State that are on severe restrictions.  Cluster count on all varieties look good with the exception of the old vine Zinfandel where cluster count is down from last year.

To celebrate the end of winter pruning Vineyard Manager Andrew Forchini prepared a wonderful BBQ of lamb burgers and fresh salmon along with tomatoes, salad and veggies.  In general we also celebrate the end of bottling our estate wines and the end of harvest with winery luncheons served in the outdoor Tasting Room Gardens.  Here the menu will consist of carnitas, beans, rice, quacomole and tosada chips.  We are spoiled as this is wine country living….little perks we enjoy to reward ourselves for the hard work throughout the season.  After lunch it’s back to work!

Andrew showing off the menu items        Our full time crew: Geraldo, Jesus, Enrique & Iberto

Winery News:
We have released our 2013 Paradiso Rosato Tre Viti which is absolutely delicious with fresh flavors of strawberry, plum & apricot.  You will find it in the May Club shipment but  you might want to order more for summer as it is a perfect wine for outdoor lunches & picnics.  Our 2010 Cab has added to its’ impressive list of awards a Double Gold in the Jerry Mead New World International.  Who says Dry Creek is only known for Zinfandel?  If you haven't noticed.........our Cabernet and BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend are consistently scoring high awards in major competition and are perfect wines to go along with BBQ meats, beef, and hearty casserole dishes.  Low inventory alert! Inventory on 010 BeauSierra, 011 Zinfandel & 011 Papa is low so hurry if you want to beat delayed shipping until after the heat of summer.  Aside from the Paradiso which has been bottled, we will start the bottling season for the vintage 2012 wines this month.  First up will be Pinot Noir in May followed by Papa Nonno,& BeauSierra  in June, Zinfandel in July and and Cabernet in August. 

We have many great events coming up soon so rather than list them all here visit http://www.forchini.com/events.asp to get all the details including a recap of our 2014 Passport Event. 
Hope you might find the opportunity to visit the winery this summer, smell the roses and enjoy a taste or two of our current releases. Happy Summer to all.
J. Forchini, Editor