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Harvest Reports

2017 | The Harvest Grind: Deep, Dark, Stimulating!
October 9, 2017

October 5th, 2017 We’ve entered the tough part of harvest and crush. Almost three weeks in, nothing is new now, and while…

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2017 | Harvest Almost Normal: Timing Like the Old Days, Heat the New Normal
October 3, 2017

September 25, 2017   Harvest began this week, similar to the old days of cool climate harvests in the Willamette Valley—only…

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2016 | The Earliest Year Ever!
November 2, 2016

Our 2016 Harvest began before September, the first time ever on August 30th, and ended one month later, September 30th , never touching October for…

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2016 | What Do We Do With October?
September 28, 2016

My alarm clock went off when it’s supposed to, last week of September! How was I to know this week, which…

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2015 | Warm and Big, a 2014 Twin
October 23, 2015

Here, have a cigar!  We just had twins, one year apart.  The 2015 vintage was slightly different in early growing season…

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2015 | No Room in the Inn!
October 3, 2015

This vintage to me is a twin to 2014, with rich, deep, broadly appealing Pinot noirs and white with weight and…

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2015 | More Fruit, and Admittedly Wonderful Fruit!
September 23, 2015

Harvests of various varieties and vineyards are complete, some not even begun.  We have 313 tons picked, with all Pinot Gris…

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2015 | Condensed Ripening, All Vineyards Fair Game
September 12, 2015

For the first year I can remember, all bets are off on which vineyard is picked first, which next, which last!…

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2015 | Better Get Used To It
September 7, 2015

Pretty hot early-on, so testing our developing systems for warmer climate winemaking: leaving a heavier cropload, protecting from sunburn with good…

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Chehalem 2014 Newsletter: 30th Anniversary Edition
December 30, 2014

There is a backstory to everything.  And with the richly cultural, social, artistic, natural and technical work that wine is, that…

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