On Saturday, we picked our last grapes from the estate. More than 30,000 pounds of grapes have been processed into wine since our first pick on August 21. We cannot express how thankful we are for every volunteer who woke up early each picking day to help us bring the grapes in. We couldn’t do it without them.
Cedar Ridge’s Winemaker Kent Foulker was especially happy with the vintage this year, “From bud break to crush, I wouldn’t have wished for anything more. This is the rare vintage to which all other vintages will be compared.”
“Wine grape growing in places like California is much simpler,” Foulker added. “Same predictable growing season year after year. Not us. We have the pleasure of late frosts, hail, heavy downpours, tornadoes, Derechos, flooding, polar vortex, and extreme heatwaves. It’s never the same crop year after year.”
In a couple of weeks, the second half of Vintage ’21 will start. Just under 20 tons of California cabernet sauvignon and merlot grapes will roll in. To continue the vintage ’21 quality, we splurged and found two new vineyards that produce ultra-premium grapes.