After a long and wet wait for some dry weather, the Mountain Brook harvest got underway on August 9, with the picking or our Sauvignon Blanc. A nice dry week proceeded the pick, allowing us to reel in several tons of pristine fruit destined for fermentation in French oak barrels. We then waited another several days and received a couple tons of delicious Pinot Gris from our grower friends Tim and Lisa Sherman, who have been dedicating days (and nights) to their Hidden Vineyard in Dobson, a little gem of a property we are hoping will also produce a notable Bordeaux blend later in the season.
As I write this letter looking forward to vineyard visits later in the week, my mind is wandering between the excitement of releasing the latest Mountain Brook reds and rose’ bottled last month and beginning to rack off the later 2019 whites once they finish fermentation later in the week. Nothing to sit around for in these parts! With the number of guests at Mountain Brook increasing each week, sampling and rounding up fruit from around the Yadkin and Tryon regions of North Carolina, and planning a vineyard expansion at the estate that will encompass the better part of 2020-2021, the picture Vicki and Jonathan envisioned for their estate is slowly taking tangible shape. Born out of serendipity, I think we will all be smiling when the wines begin to take shape as well come winter thanks to the gift of unseasonable dry weather these past few weeks.
Well, I am certainly a long way from my home in California but not at all uneasy about the future at Mountain Brook. Come visit and hope to see ya’ll while the harvest unfolds.
CWO, Mountain Brook