2015 -Amazing Harvest in Quality and Quantity!

  We are now nearing the end of the 2015 Harvest and things are stacking up to be pretty amazing in both the quantity and the Quality of the grapes which we have been harvesting.  In the usual Cassel Vineyards style, we have held volunteer picking parties nearly every week since the beginning of Sept. when we began harvesting the Concord grapes.  We filled up every tank and still had a half row of Concord left hanging which we have been slowly eating and giving away to our volunteers who want to take a few grapes home for grape pie or cooking or jam.  Then we picked our Chardonnay which gave us our first look at how great this 2015 vintage is stacking up.  The quantity of 7 tons was 2 tons more than we picked last year and the quality was some of the best we have ever tasted.  In between we added a new harvest of Traminette to our tanks in what may become a new staple in our wine portfolio.   Since the Traminette, we have put away 8 tons of Vidal Blanc and 7 tons of Cabernet Franc.  We have been forced to purchase two new 500 gallon tanks and we are splitting the seams of our production facility as we are being forced to conduct much of our work outside on the crush pad due to the wonderful blessing of grapes and their juices.  This week we spent 4 days picking and crushing the Cabernet Franc which we have split into a second vintage of Cab Franc Rose' and our usual Cab. Franc Red.  Just as with all the other grapes we have harvested, the Cab is exceptional in quantity, color and complexity with more sugar and darker juice than we have harvested in the preceding two years.   IF things go as planned, we will be taking the Chambourcin off this weekend and moving into the final stages of this year's harvest.  It is always a relief when everything is inside and all the tanks are bubbling away.  Its an extra bonus when they are filled with exceptional quantities of high quality grapes and wines.  

thanks for all your help as we move into this final weekend of work!! 

Fresh picked Cab Franc in the crusher/destemmer

Fresh picked Cab Franc in the crusher/destemmer

Fermenting Cab Franc must. 

Fermenting Cab Franc must.