Author Archives: Martha Andrews

2013 Tri-City Wine Festival

 

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2013 CCW Awards

Coyote Canyon Winery, H/H Estates Reserve Robert Andrews Mourvèdre 2010, gold

Coyote Canyon Winery, H/H Estates Reserve Big John Cab 2009, gold

Coyote Canyon Winery, Viognier 2012, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, Downtown White 2011, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, Grenache 2010, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, H/H Estates Reserve Bozak Red 2009, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, H/H Estates Reserve GW Smith Malbec 2010, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, H/H Estates Reserve Michael Andrews Red Wine 2010, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, Roussanne 2012, silver

Coyote Canyon Winery, Tres Cruces Red Wine 2011, bronze

Coyote Canyon Winery, Albariño 2012, bronze

 

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/11/11/2886066/2013-tri-cities-wine-festival.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

 

CCV-Gone With The Wind

FALL SCENIC PHOTOS TAKEN ON OCTOBER 30, 2013 

Mike and Martha’s favorite photos

 

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After the winds of November 2nd, many of the beautiful scenic pictures were “gone with the wind”.

 

 

 

 

 

Denver International Wine Festival 2013

 

 

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Thursday November 7   Meet & Greet 4 course Dinner

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Marti and I attended the wine maker dinner for Parducci wines the 1st night. We made some new friends. Including John Moeller, author of “Dining at the White House”. Both he and his publisher were at the dinner.

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Friday November 8  4-9 Grand Tasting of International Wines

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Executive Chef Geoffrey Groditski

denver013Great event at Pairsine Chefs food and wine pairing last night. Marti poured with chef while Mike poured our other golds at another table.

 

 

 

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Rudi & Christina Hellvig

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday November 10

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Barrie Lynn, Marti & Mike Andrews

45 minute educational program.  The Cheese Impresario. Barrie Lynn presented a wonderful pairing with 3 cheeses and 3 award winning CCW wines.

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The Grand Tasting of International Wines

is the regions largest tasting event for consumers, media and trade.  More than 60 wineries, breweries and distilleries will showcase their products.  VIP ticket holders gain two-hour early access, exclusive entrance to the VIP lounge with chef station, rare beverages and complimentary admission to educational seminars and guided tastings.

We were so busy pouring wine and visiting with the guests that we didn’t have much time to take photos.  We did manage a few photos before we got really busy. Amanda and Laura stopped by to taste and let us know how much they loved our wines.

 

 

2013 Cab Franc & Grenache

LAST DAY OF HARVEST

10/31 Hand pick crew posing for a picture as we picking our last block of Grenache for Columbia Crest Reserve

10/31 Hand pick crew posing for a picture as we picking our last block of Grenache for Columbia Crest Reserve

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10/26, the final day of grapes being picked for Coyote Canyon Winery, Cabernet Franc

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10/26 the final day of grapes being picked for Coyote Canyon Winery, Cabernet Franc

 

Nov. 2 was our last day of harvest. By the end of the day a little rain and a lot of wind left many vines nearly naked without leaves.

I believe the 2013 vintage to go down in the records to be coyote Canyon vineyards Best!  I believe this to be the most consistent vintage for quality across all varieties. We grow 26 varieties in our vineyard all appeared to be of excellent quality. On hot years the Bordeaux varieties are superior and I do believe this year that will continue to hold true. We fermented 17 varieties in our winery. It is an excellent vintage for Justin our new winemaker to excel his winemaking skills to continue to raise Coyote Canyon Wines to a higher level

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10/22  hand picking CCW Sangiovese , look at those beautiful fall colors 10/22 967 Sangiovese grapes ready to be picked up and sent to the winery

10/22 hand picking CCW Sangiovese , look at those beautiful fall colors

10/22 Sangiovese grapes ready to be picked up and sent to the winery

10/22 Sangiovese grapes ready to be picked up and sent to the winery

 

2013 Syrah

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9/19, workers hand picking Syrah

9/19, workers hand picking Syrah

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9/19 bins of Syrah. Truck hand pick Syrah ready go

Jeff coordinates schedules between wineries, vineyard and trucking. He creates load tickets and is responsible for recording information.

9/20 Chardonnay

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picking last block of Chardonnay for Columbia Crest

picking last block of Chardonnay for Columbia Crest

 picking block of Merlot, last CCV merlot harvested on October 1st

picking block of Merlot, last CCV merlot harvested on October 1s

Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

9/25, picture day 1 of hand pick Cabernet Sauvignon

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9/25  prepared to pick Cabernet Sauvignon under the crosses  (day 1 cab harvest)

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10/26, machine harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, colors continue to change

10/31 Machine harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon after Oct 30 freeze. 10 hours below freezing with a low of 26 degrees.

 

 

 

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10/31 harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon, leaves look burnt

Nov. 2 was our last day of harvest. By the end of the day a little rain and a lot of wind left many vines nearly naked without leaves.

I believe the 2013 vintage to go down in the records to be coyote Canyon vineyards Best!  I believe this to be the most consistent vintage for quality across all varieties. We grow 26 varieties in our vineyard all appeared to be of excellent quality. On hot years the Bordeaux varieties are superior and I do believe this year that will continue to hold true. We fermented 17 varieties in our winery. It is an excellent vintage for Justin our new winemaker to excel his winemaking skills to continue to raise Coyote Canyon Wines to a higher level

2013 HARVEST FINALLY

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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

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9/17 Looking south from Coyote Canyon Mourvedre block harvested  9/17

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10/5, Jeff with son Marshal. Marshal is examining a cluster of Mourvedre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/05, hand picking Mourvedre for Col Crest

10/05, hand picking Mourvedre for Col Crest

9/19, good example of a properly groomed Mourvedre plant

9/19, good example of a properly groomed Mourvedre plant