“It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…” That was the song of the harvest for us this year and, at 11 am last Friday, it was echoing loudly across the winery as the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes rolled off the sorting table. Another great harvest under our belt!
We’re excited to share our big news: winemaking veteran Tony Biagi has joined Amici as our Consulting Winemaker. Tony has decades of experience working with some of the most prestigious labels in the Napa Valley, and we’re delighted to have him on board to lend his expertise to Amici. Tony will be working closely with Amici Winemaker Bobby Donnell. On a personal level, he fits in to our group of amici like he’s always been part of the gang. “What I’m most excited about is to be joining such a wonderful extended team that’s already in place,” he says of Amici. “There’s such a supportive atmosphere, it’s really a family feeling.” If you’d like to know more about Tony and his background, check out his bio on our website.
Kicking Off Harvest 2015
Tony came on board just in time to throw himself into the harvest. We kicked off our harvest season on August 14 with Sauvignon Blanc, about two weeks ahead of usual, and things are looking great. It’s a smaller yielding harvest than the past two years, but quality is excellent. Hear Consulting Winemaker Tony Biagi discuss this year’s harvest with Amici Winemaker Bobby Donnell:
With harvest season all buttoned up, we can take a look back at how it all went. Here’s a fun look at all of the action around the winery during one day of our Cabernet harvest.
What a great fall season (earthquakes notwithstanding). We celebrated the official end of harvest for Amici on Monday as we brought in our last load of grapes (from the famous Tokalon vineyard, no less—look out for that one in a couple years). After nine weeks of harvest craziness, the last grapes rolled off the sorting table as the crew cheered and champagne corks popped to the strains of “Purple Rain” by Prince. We caught it all on video, so we hope you enjoy this little glimpse of life around our winery.
Loud music warning: if you’re watching this at work, you might want to get those headphones on!
Celebrating the Close of Harvest 2014
There was a nip in the air on Tuesday morning as we brought in the fruit from the Missouri Hopper Vineyard in the Oakville AVA.
We’re getting ready for tomorrow morning’s harvest at our newest source for Pinot Noir: Oakwild Ranch Vineyard, in the heart of Russian River Valley.
Yesterday was a great day, as we celebrated the start of another harvest and what looks like a killer 2013 vintage!
Winemaker Joel Aiken heads out to the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to look at how the grapes are coming along for harvest 2013. At this point, Joel estimates a Sauvignon Blanc harvest date of late August, about two weeks earlier than the usual September date. Chalk that up to a warm, dry spring in which the grapes have ripened evenly in mild temperatures.
Champagne corks were popping as we celebrated the kickoff of our 2012 harvest last week. Here’s a 2-minute look at the team bringing the grapes in:
Sauvignon Blanc harvest in Napa Valley is only days away! Winemaker Joel Aiken takes us into the vineyards to tell us how he knows when it’s time to make the call to pull in the grapes.
Nearing Blanc Harvest