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3 years 4 months ago

Bud break  - the season of rebirth in the vineyards.  Bud  break is when the grape starts its annual growth cycle. In the Yakima Valley this stage typically begins in mid-April, a little earlier here on Red Mountain, as it is one of the warmest sites in Yakima Valley. If the vines have been pruned during the winter, the start of this cycle is signaled by a “bleeding” of the vine which happens when the sap begins to flow. Bleeding reflects new root growth and warming soil temperatures.

Tiny buds on the vine start to swell and eventually shoots begin to grow from the buds. The shoots sprout tiny leaves that can begin the process of photosynthesis, which creates the energy to accelerate growth. These shoots grow relatively slow until the vines begin to enjoy really warm temperatures (85 degrees and above), which in the Yakima Valley typically occurs in mid-May. It is during this time that the acceleration of growth begins. Growers will easily see 2-3 inches of growth per day, maybe more if it is real warm. 

3 years 9 months ago

On November 1st, 2013 finished pressing off the last of their 2013 wine into barrels.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  We celebrated with lots of good wine and food and showers!

3 years 11 months ago

Gold medal wine that is... In the recent Seattle Wine Awards held this Spring at the Rainier Club, our 2012 Murray Rose received a double gold and our 2009 Red Mountain wine received a gold.

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