For those who are local, you may have noticed some big equipment along Eastside Road lately. Bill and I are happy, crazy, delirious (take your pick!) to announce that we have begun an expansion project.
As always at Cowhorn, rocks are the first priority when developing a block! In this picture, Patrick Fox, our contractor, is moving rock on Day 1 of the project – is this OSHA approved?
We decided to expand into Blocks 2 and C. Check out the Masterplan to see where those blocks are. Although Block 2 was always designated as a vineyard block, C was intended for produce. We are so pleased with the Marsanne and Roussanne in Block 6 however, we decided to put vines in C. Block C will provide these vines with cooler mornings, later afternoons and more fertility relative to the other blocks planted so far.
It is an interesting calculation on paper to determine what and where to plant a vineyard, and this one is a bit of a tweener. In the end, we decided to go for it. If the paper analysis is correct, we will achieve grapes with higher sugar content while still retaining their natural acids and strong aromatics. What is not to love? But with all things Cowhorn, it will be three years until we will know. To sleep, perchance to dream…
– Barbara Steele