Every year I have the same feeling about harvest and how important it is to give our best during this time. Driving through vineyards, checking sugars, smelling the aromas of fermentation, interacting with growers and winery friends is something that does not get old. In my opinion harvest is the most fun, important, and dynamic part of the year where we can really make an impact on our future. Every day is different and that is what makes it even more exciting!

Our Hahn Arroyo Seco Rosé of Pinot noir is fermenting nicely; showing notes of strawberries, watermelon, raspberry, and a crisp acidity. For this program we harvested Pinot Noir grapes from our Ste. Nicolas and Ste. Philippe vineyards.

This week we are harvesting Pinot Noir mainly from our Smith Vineyard, Hook Vineyard, and some from Doctor’s Vineyard for our Hahn SLH and Lucienne programs. The grapes going into this program are hand-picked, hand-sorted and fermented in 3-ton stainless steel open top tanks that will allow us to have better control of temperature, extraction, and speed of fermentation.

Patrick Headley, our Estate Vineyard Manager, is coordinating grape receival and fulfilling our requirements to ensure we harvest each block at just the right time. Communication between our vineyard and winemaking teams is key, especially  this time of year. We are grateful to have a nice gradual ripening season across our estate vineyards, allowing grapes to showcase their full potential.

As harvest continues we will be working on bringing in more Pinot Noir fruit from Doctor’s Vineyard as well Pinot Gris from our Lone Oak Vineyard.

The Hahn Family Wines team knows that we have a long way to go and we can’t wait to continue to produce high-class wines from the Santa Lucia Highlands.

Juan Jose Verdina