Joseph Phelps vineyards
Spring Newsletter

Spring is upon us, and we are finally beginning to see a bit of sunshine here in Northern California. It’s a beautiful time of year – all of the lakes are full, the hillsides are radiantly green and wildflowers and fruit trees are blossoming everywhere. This is thanks to the abundant amount of rainfall that we have received this year. So far this season, 44 inches of rain have fallen in Napa Valley, compared to 16 inches at this point last year, and 51 inches of rain in Freestone, compared to 22 inches at this point last year. Following four consecutive years of drought, we welcome the wet weather with open arms.

Throughout the winter, our vineyard team worked to prune the canes from our 10 vineyards in Napa Valley and the Sonoma Coast. Those dormant vines are coming back to life – bud break began on the Sonoma Coast earlier this month and just last week we began to see bud break at our Home Ranch in St. Helena.

The wines from the 2016 vintage are all resting in barrel. Our winemaking team is already assembling the blends and so far both Ashley Hepworth and Justin Ennis are quite pleased with this vintage.

We recently released the 2014 vintage of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, for which Joe Phelps’ granddaughter, Allie Phelps, has created an innovative new recipe that we encourage you to try at home with family and friends.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon recipe

In addition, we recently created a video highlighting the story of our Sonoma Coast estate in Freestone. Being as remote as it is, many of you have not had the opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the West Sonoma Coast. We hope that this video will give you a sense of what makes our Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Freestone so special.

Back at the Home Ranch, there are many exciting new wine tasting experiences that we will be announcing throughout the year, the most important of which will be the introduction of our culinary program later this spring. With the sun now shining, we are beginning to host guests out on the terrace once again and we encourage you to come enjoy it with us soon!

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2017 Events Calendar

Join us this spring for upcoming events around the country:

April 8: Wine Advocate's Matter of Taste in London, England

April 27: Wine & Spirits Top of the List in New York, NY

April 27-30: Destin Charity Wine Auction in Destin, FL

May 4: Pittsburgh Wine Festival in Pittsburgh, PA

May 5: Philadelphia Wine Festival in Philadelphia, PA

May 6: Harrisburg Wine Festival in Harrisburg, PA

May 20: California Wine Masters in Burbank, CA

200 Taplin Road, St. Helena, California 94574
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