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As our crew worked hard this morning to bring in the last bit of Petite Sirah, we are happy report that the 2014 harvest season has come to a close! Even though the weather cooperated for the most part and brought us great fruit, this harvest has been challenging logistically speaking.
This is the earliest harvest most vintners can remember. This is Trinitas’s 13th harvest, and definitely the earliest we have ever seen. We found ourselves picking grapes three to four weeks before we normally do and the fruit is coming in ripe and delicious. Bud-break began in February and the warm dry weather was consistent through the rest of the harvest season bringing us a harvest in August and September with only a few vineyards left to pick in October.
The earthquake hit right at the onset of harvest which really threw us all for a loop, and made everyone extremely busy. Normally this time of year is very busy with preparing for harvest, but cleaning up the mess of the quake made it even more hectic! We were forced to push off some of our picks, organization in the cellar was a challenge, and clean up took about three weeks until it was totally finished. While we were still cleaning, we had to worry about incoming fruit, crushing, fermentations, and also make sure we still got out to the vineyards to check on fruit to be picked later. On top of that, barrel management is always difficult and many barrels that were empty ready for incoming juice were destroyed in the quake so we had some last minute scrambling to find new barrels. Even after the initial sorting, and only after filling we determined there were still compromised barrels leaking and we had to rush to find replacements and repair damaged ones.
This time of year is always a challenge to find oak, but it was worse because everyone was scrambling to replace barrels that were damaged. On top of all of that, it would have been a grueling harvest anyway since it was one of the more compacted harvests in recent memory, 2012 would be comparable but still was not even as quick as this harvest. This means a lot of fruit was ready all at the same time and some days we were picking four to five different blocks when normally we peak at two to three in one day max. That put more stress on the cellar crew but they made it through with shining colors! The good news for the cellar team is they will get to take their post-harvest vacations way earlier this year…and that R&R is much needed and definitely deserved after this unforgettable fall.
Also amazing is the fact that this is the third good vintage in a row. Usually you have a stellar year then a few “decent” years and sometimes even a bad one, but 2012 and 2013 are stellar vintages and thus far from what we have seen and tasted 2014 is going to deliver some delicious wine as well. Here’s to hoping for a fourth amazing year in 2015!
Thank you to our cellar crew, our harvest crew, our vineyard management team, and the hardest working winemaker in the biz, Kevin Mills.
Thank you to everyone that called, sent notes, checked in with us and visited over this crazy harvest. It is because of all of you that we continue to produce these wines, and we look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town!
As you know, the Napa Valley was struck by a 6.1 earthquake in Sunday, August 24th at 3:20 in the morning with the epicenter only a couple miles from our winery and tasting room in Napa. Overall, we experienced a few broken bottles and glasses at our Estate Cave Tasting Room at the Meritage Resort and at the Trinitas Library, but no major damages and nothing to keep us from opening for normal business hours and wine tasting. If you had a trip planned or were planning a visit, the Meritage Resort and both Trinitas tasting rooms are open and operating normally, so no need to be alarmed. Unfortunately, our winery facility suffered much worse damages and we are in the process of cleaning up and evaluating the extent of our loss there as many of our barrels toppled and spilled. We are incredibly thankful that no one was injured and appreciate the outpouring of concern and help that we received from many of you.
Please continue to pray for all of our friends and neighbors in the Napa Valley who experienced greater losses. Over these next few weeks, we will continue to clean up and prepare for our 2014 harvest. Thank you for your prayers and continued support and we hope to see you back in Napa soon.
In 2013 Trinitas added Amarone to its portfolio by working with the Fumanelli family in Verona, Italy. This year, Trinitas is taking it to the next level and bringing you another unique and exquisite wine from the North Central region of Italy. This new wine is a Franciacorta Sparkling wine and we call ours "BB" short for "Busch Bubbles".
The Franciacorta region is attracting quite a bit of attention as it was the first Italian region to specify that the sparkling wines here must be made in the method champenoise. This is the traditional method used in Champagne in France and is known for producing the finest sparkling wines. Like Champagne, the name “Franciacorta” refers to both a geographic area as well as the sparkling wine. Awarded the prestigious DOCG designation in 1995. It is a small area with relatively low production compared to the Champagne region of France, and sized about one-tenth of Champagne's growing region. Its total annual output of about 13 million bottles is minor compared to Champagne's annual production of some 320 million bottles, with 90% of the wine never leaving the country.
Earlier this year, Garrett and I visited Franciacorta and explored this lesser known wine region and fell in love with the quality of wines made there. We knew we had to bring these wines to Trinitas to share with our friends and family. Because our family loves a little sparkling to celebrate not only special occassions but our daily blessings, we named the wine "BB", short for "Busch Bubbles". The sparkling that we chose to bring back to the Trinitas portfolio is a 2008 Brut Rose, made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes and I even got to help riddle some of the bottles at the winery!
Unbeknownst to me, Garrett dedicated this wine to me as he and his family offiically welcomed me to the family as "Betsy Busch" in June. When the first bottles arrived from Italy, Garrett announced it at our wedding, with quite a special showing by using a saber to open it!
We are more than excited to share this wine with all of you and hope that you will come try a taste as part of our Archive tasting at the Trinitas Library or grab a bottle to share with your friends and family. Cheers!
The grapes are growing and we are starting to see signs of veraison in our Estate Vineyard at the South end of Napa. Veraison is the process of the grapes ripening as we can see from the grapes turning color. As we would expect, here at the South end of the Valley, we are just slightly behind the rest of the Valley due to our cooler climate and our morning fog.
If you would like to learn more about what goes on in the vineyard, how we take care of our grapes, how we measure the sugar content of our grapes to know when to harvest and other fun facts about vineyards, join us for our vineyard tour and tasting!
While you are touring the vineyard and learning about our grapes and how soil, climate and care affect our wines, you will have the opportunity to taste our wines and maybe even spot a vineyard bunny or two.
Our vineyard tour is offered Thursday - Sunday at 10 am. Reservations are required and the price is $20 per person and includes the tour and tasting during the tour. Wine club members receive 2 complimentary tickets at this price. Meet at the entrance to the Estate Cave tasting room.
Reserve your spot here! See you in the vineyard!
Join me at 4 pm as we taste with CellarPass TV live at Hall Wines.
Tweet with us during the tasting @trinitascellars using #CellarPassTV
Bula! Or "Hello" rather! Greetings from Fiji!
If you hadn't already heard, I got married on June 14, 2014 to my beautiful wife, Betsy, and we danced the night away at the Meritage Resort & Spa, home to our Trinitas Cellars tasting room and vineyard in Napa. It was a perfect day and we are currently on our honeymoon across the Pacific Ocean in the tropical paradise of Fiji!
While we have absolutely loved the local rum and the hospitality of the people here, but we couldn't help but bring a little bit of our own Trinitas wine to share and enjoy on the beach while watching the beautiful sunsets!
Hope to see you back in Napa when we return!
All the best, Garrett & Betsy
Check out this great little blurb and picture from last weekend's Auction Napa Valley.
That's right, winemaker, Kevin Mills and Proprietor, Garrett Busch pouring our 2012 Martin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon barrel at Barrel Auction! Looking good guys!
This year, all Vintners were given these pretty sweet red auction glasses as "Auction Swag". Naturally, Steve, our Assistant Winemaker, has his on and is ready to head up to the Welcome Party at Peju Winery tonight. Looking forward to sharing our wines with all of those that are here for Auction Napa Valley!
Don't miss our Trinintas lot this year, Barrel #293. This year it's extra special as we decided to do a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon per Steve's recommendation. This vineyard is called "Martin Vineyard" and is located in the Coombsville appellation of Napa Valley and we are especially excited about it! Auction On! #ANV14
I'm always excited about Auction...it is one of the best weekends of the year when all the vintners come together to showcase our great Valley, great wines, and our big hearts. This year is particularly exciting to me because I missed half of last year's Auction to attend a good friend's wedding. This year at the Barrel Auction, Trinitas Cellars is excited to be featuring a brand new single vineyard Cab that we are going insane over! And on top of it all, my fiancee, Betsy and I get married just one week after Auction! Here is a picture of Betsy and I kicking off the celebration at the Vintner's Auction Preparty luncheon:
Last year was a record year and blew the previous record away which is just proof of how incredibly our neighbors and supporters are and we are hoping to top that and the excitement to do so is electric! Happy Auction and we hope you can come to Auction next year and many years to come!!!!
May is BBQ Month at Trinitas Cellars! We plan to enjoy this warm weather by grilling all month long!
In honor of our love for a good old fashioned backyard barbeque, we are offering some great deals on our favorite BBQ wines:
Always a favorite!
Discontinued and almost gone!
Mix and match any of these 3 wines and receive 15% off your purchase! Use code MayBBQ at checkout.
Wine Society members, receive 25% off your purchase of 3 or more of these wines, use code BBQ14 at checkout!
Shop online NOW or call or email Lucy, our Wine Society Manager, to place your order: 707.251.3017 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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