We are in one of those weird confluences that happen every year where the past, present, and future bat up against each other at one single point in space and time.
We are in the process of sending out samples of the 2011 Lineage Family Estate to the press in the next few weeks. This wine has been in bottle since early January and will be released in October. At the same time, the 2012 Lineage blend was just made on Wednesday – individual barrels and portions of barrels were racked to a tank, barrels were cleaned, and the wine was then racked from tank back into those barrels. This wine will be bottled prior to harvest this year and released in October 2015.
And while all this is going on, we have finished initial evaluations of the 2013 vintage of all of our wines (there are probably 25 different wines to whittle down to the 4 or 5 that will be part of the blend – including 6 or 7 sub-lots of just one block of Cabernet from Ghielmetti Estate Vineyard), and we’re at a point where we are conjuring a picture in our minds of what that wine can be…and then blending to that vision.
One of the amazing things about wine is its aliveness. It is living and breathing and evolving constantly. We make scores of mock blends of Lineage each year and finally have to decide on THE one that rings truest and most authentic knowing full well that the blend we have chosen has already moved on and become something else. In this crazy time of year, when three different states of wine-being are foremost in our minds, having faith in our fruit and our experience is about the only weapon we have against inevitable Time.