Coyote Canyon Winemaker notes

Well we have come to end of another harvest and it ended up being a great year at the winery. We started the month with fruit in the winery and continued to pick throughout the month. Unfortunately bad weather canceled the Prosser Balloon Stampede but people were in town and a lot of them seemed to swing by the winery to see what was going on. So October of 2013 was very busy keeping track of the wines and hosting a couple of winemaker dinners.

A recap of the lots we picked in October started with our Barbera Rose that we picked on October 8th and let cold soak for about 36 hours before pressing. I actually just stopped the fermentation on November 6th and am looking forward to releasing this wine next spring. We also picked some Tempernillo the first week of October and had a lot of fun tasting it with some of our Graciano during what was going to be our grape stomping weekend at the farm. In the middle of October we picked our Cabernet Sauvignon, I had anxiously been awaiting my chance to work with this fruit from the vineyard and I don’t think it is going to disappoint. Around the 22nd we picked our Sangiovese and Malbec and the winery filled right back up after being empty for a few days. Things timed out pretty perfectly as we pressed off those lots and brought in our final loads of fruit the 26th, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Franc and some Syrah/Graciano for our Port.

The white wines are doing great, the month of October was when the white wines all finished up their ferments and went through the period I love to taste them. Just before they finish fermenting they have a little sugar left and are effervescent and taste so good. I had a lot of fun sharing these wines with customers who came to visit the winery during October.

I want to thank Mike and Jeff for doing a great job in the vineyard this year. I was impressed when I first went to the vineyard and after working a harvest with the Andrews I am looking forward to the future. Timing of fruit picking went great and we were able to pick everything just when I wanted and the fruit was delivered clean to the winery. I also want to thank Caroline and the tasting room staff for helping introduce me to our customers and working around all the grapes in the winery. The Salmon wine dinner we had on October 8th at the winery was amazing, great food and wine pairings.

Over all I am very happy with the way harvest turned out and I am looking forward to stewarding these wines through their maturation process. I am feeling pretty comfortable with the set up now and look forward to going through last year’s wines to work on blends and finishing up our white wines. Winter is upon us as the weather is changing and the days are getting shorter. I will recap the final pressing that took place in November and hopefully be able to tell you a little about what I think of last years wine in barrel next month. Hope everyone had a great October, Happy Harvest!

The Winemaker:

Justin Michaud