by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
This past Saturday, we brought in Pinot Noir. This is a first time we will be producing this varietal. Pinot Noir grows well in cooler climates, and since we aren’t that cool of an area, we don’t grow it. It does grow well, however, about 45 miles north east of here in Lake Los Angeles.
Someone asked me, “So, now that we have them how soon can we drink the wine?” Well, once we finish processing them, they will need to age in barrels for 18 months, then we bottle them and they rest again in the bottles. I would say that in 2023-2024, the 2019 vintage could be released.
Pinot Noir tends to have notes of spices, tea, vanilla and berries; whereas Burgundy Pinot Noirs can be earthy and have floral aromas. Pinot Noir is used to make red wines as well as champagne and sparkling wine. It is one of the lightest colored wines, with light tannins. This is a difficult grape to make wine with, it can be unpredictable when its ages. Sometimes it has an earthy aroma which we call barnyard.
In the meantime, we have many other wines you can come and enjoy here in the tasting room. This month, I am featuring Grenache. The third Friday of September is #GrenacheDay. Celebrate with us on September 21st for our monthly hike and brunch and that will be the featured wine. Stay tuned for more details about brunch!
For more information please visit www.reyeswinery.com.