Big Changes at Lincoln Peak Vineyard
There are some big changes coming at Lincoln Peak Vineyard next year and we want to tell you about them. After 11 years of making and selling a nice variety of wines, winning awards, building a solid group of customers– you!– who have supported us, we’ve decided to take the business in a new direction.
We’re going to specialize in growing a smaller number of grape varieties and making a smaller number of wines. As a grower and winemaker, I’m excited by the prospect of working on what feels like our best wines and make them even better – to put all my effort into wines that I think have the potential to take a place on the world stage.
We’ll be experimenting with techniques like yield reduction in the vineyard to concentrate the intensity of the wine; extended fermentation times to extract more flavors and tannins from the grape skins; natural fermentations using native yeasts; and using various types of barrels to enhance the wine’s evolution during aging.
The grapes we’re focusing on are Marquette and Farnsworth, and we’ll produce several dry red wines (and one rosé) from these grapes: Marquette, Marquette Nouveau, Heartwood, and Farnsworth. Our other wines will eventually be discontinued.
We want to emphasize that this is a gradual process. We have a nice inventory of 2018 wines (which we think are some of our best ever) and we will be selling these as usual – and keeping our regular business hours – through 2019. If you have some favorites among our white and rosé wines, now’s the time to stock up!
When our inventory of 2018 wines is mostly sold out – likely around the end of 2019 – we will be drastically shortening our retail hours. Starting in 2020, we will be selling our four special wines mostly through a new configuration of our wine club. We’ll also be holding special events, and some limited retail hours, too.
We know that some of you will be disappointed that your favorite wines will be discontinued. But we hope that plenty of you will be excited to join us as we explore just how good we can make our best wines. We’re eager to embark on the next leg of this wild adventure we’ve undertaken, and hope you’ll come along with us.