As we approach the end of November, harvest activities throughout the Napa Valley are winding down; autumn has quietly started her transition to winter and 2012 begins its closing march. This time of year it is customary to take a moment and reflect on the journey of the past year and acknowledge those around us we are most thankful for…
We are thankful for our dedicated winemaking team for their time, effort and incomparable brilliance. We are thankful for our entire team ‘behind the scenes’ (both on and offsite) for their leadership, support and constant encouragement. We are thankful for our entire hospitality team for their diligence, warmth and endurance (each day putting a face to our name). We are thankful for our ambassadors both near and far, who spread the word with imagination, enthusiasm and loyalty to the brand. And most importantly, we are thankful for you— our friends, neighbors, critics and consumers. It is YOU that gives us purpose, and the motivation to strive to the next level.
The inaugural harvest at Odette Estate continues on in full force, and we couldn’t be more excited! Great wines are on the way, and will surely become staples of any collection. However, it is important to note that we wouldn’t be anywhere without the diligent efforts of our “boys behind the barrels”… and the press and the tanks…
These guys have become an integral component to the 2012 harvest, and we owe them greatly for their superior wine craftsmanship. Click on the photos below to learn more about the team comprising “Odette Harvest 2012.”
They’re here, they’re here! As they pull into our driveway off the Silverado Trail, I feel like an excited kid waiting for my newest toy. These are the things that happen in a winemakers life that differentiates me from just a wine enthusiast to a full-blown wine geek. These tanks are specifically designed to accommodate various size blocks that we have on our Estate. Our vineyard is now separated into almost 40 sub-blocks, giving us the ability to carefully craft our wine to best reflect our unique terroir. The stainless steel construction is an excellent conductor of temperature and have dual glycol jackets. The dual jackets enable us to cool or heat the tanks simultaneously to control optimal extraction from the skin. Translation: great wine will come from these tanks, we guarantee!
Come take a look at our shiny new tanks and taste our Adaptation wine, plus some selections from Cade and PlumpJack Winery. Looking forward to seeing you! – Jeff Owens, Odette Estate Winemaker
PlumpJack’s John Connover featured on September 4th in Bloomberg news talking about the rebound in California premium vineyard sales. John talks about PlumpJack’s newest winery, Odette Estate, located off the Silverado Trail in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa. (Source: Bloomberg)
Members of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers seemed almost disappointed by how little they had to report on Wednesday, September 5 at the annual harvest press conference held at PlumpJack’s newest winery, Odette, in the Stags Leap district. “We’re here with breaking news that 2012 is going to be the best vintage ever,” joked Amy Warnock, the viticulturist for Stagecoach Vineyards on Atlas Peak.
“It’s actually been warmer days but cooler nights which makes for a signature Napa Valley vintage,” says Jon Ruel, the President of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Winemaker/COO for Trefethen Family Vineyards. Harvest is well underway (about two-three weeks earlier than last year, agreed all the vintners) for white varieties, with pinot noir and then cabernet sauvignon to follow. “Pick dates that are determined by ripeness are always preferable to pick dates determined by impending rain storms,” says Warnock. Ruel announced that he has started picking for Mumm’s sparkling wine and harvest for still wines will begin this week.
“There is a renewed optimism,” says Jon Conover of Odette, referring to both the Giants season and the effect of the 2012 vintage on the Napa Valley industry. “The grapes aren’t in the barn, but I think it’s looking pretty good so far,” said Conover. (Also, could be said for both.)
Even with high yields, Warnock says she is having trouble keeping up with winery client’s demands and announced a few new plantings at Stagecoach, including Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc and Roussanne. She also broke the news that demand for Merlot is back on the rise.
What can we expect the 2012 vintage to taste like? Expect acidity to be nice and high, thanks to those cool nights — a great thing for white wines and for age worthy reds as well.
If you’ve never had a Cabernet burger, let this be the beginning of a new Labor Day grilling tradition. And of course, the tradition wouldn’t be complete without a great bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet to go with your juicy burger. We may be biased, but we suggest the newest Cabernet to our collection, Adaptation. Now available for purchase at the tasting room at Odette Estate Winery.
An approachable fun interpretation to Napa Valley Chardonnay! Aromas of citrus, tropical fruit, and acacia flower. On the palate flavors of green apple, guava, and quince, backed by refreshing acidity and a pleasing finish. We are proud to produce a Chardonnay that we feel is a great representation of the broader Napa AVA
2010 ADAPTATION CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750ml, $42
This fun loving Cabernet opens with bright red fruit aromas of raspberry, cherry and dried cranberry with background notes of vanilla, clove, and bittersweet chocolate. The palate offers a concentratedcore with layers of black currant, red cherry, cocoa powder and smoky oak. A full-bodied, Napa Valley Cabernet, this wine is sure to have you refilling your glass!
We will release the inaugural vintage of 2011 Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013. In the meantime, Adaptation wines are currently available in our tasting room.
Adaptation is the term used both in literary and scientific circles to define the progression of either a piece of written work or a life force from one state to another. Adaptation Wines represent the progression of wine produced in individual appellations to an anthology of single varietal labeled wines blended from the best AVAs, representing a pure expression of Napa Valley.