The 2011 crop experienced many harsh weather conditions. There was the spring frost right after bud break, cool temperatures and rain during the growing season, and then rains again at harvest. What does this all mean? Growers saw lower yields, disease problems, and other conditions that they are saying has translated into one of the worst vintages in the last 30 years. Our Zinfandel grower had a total yield of 1.75 tons from 9 acres for .2 tons per acre. For this winemaker the 2011 harvest is a mixed bag. The whites have great concentrated flavors due to the cooler weather and lower yields. The Monterey pinots have lighter color than normal with some nice elegant flavors. The Paso Robles fruit follows the same path with lighter color and great flavors. We have already bottled the 2011 Pinot Grigio, 2011 Albarino, and the 2011 Rose… many of you have probably enjoyed it by now These wines previously were packaged under the Carmichael label. The Carmichael wines will now be packaged under our new label Mariposa.
Spring is right around the corner and I am happy to let you all know that CRŪ Wine Company will continue to be a part of the action at Chukchansi Park this baseball season! Once again you will be able to enjoy CRŪ wines at the stadium on the concourse level and in The CRŪ Club. I hope to see you out there rooting for the home team while enjoying a big, fat, juicy dog with a glass of award winning CRŪ Pinot Noir
– Ken Post