Teachworth Napa Valley 2007: Our winemaker/vineyard manager is Denis Malbec & his wife May-Britt. 2007 began with less rainfall than normal. In January a cold dry northerner blew in and froze the citrus crop! The weather turned warmer by mid March and bud break was on the first day of spring, March 21, 2007. It turned cool after a light rain and was the driest winter in 12 years.
Flowering came early on May 11th, a result of no rain. There were foggy mornings at the end of the month resulting in cool days. Veraison came the last week of July, two weeks earlier than the previous year. Thankfully we added a second watering line. Mid August was almost perfect weather-wise with plenty of hot sun mixed with occasional foggy days – the fruit looked great. After many mornings of chasing turkeys, Joan netted the perimeter of the vineyard. It worked!
Hang time was over 150 days to allow for full ripening. Harvest was at the beginning of October with our standard relentless sorting until after dark. Dry ice was added to each tank for a cold soak and color, a great method to avoid using chemicals. Fermentation was completed in 100% new French oak followed by malolactic fermentation. Bottled after 30 months.