Aloha!

We had two functions in Honolulu at the end of November.  The first was a trade tasting by Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii, who represents Selene in Hawaii. The tasting was held at the Halekulani in Waikiki and was very well attended.  They put on a good show.  The wineries were around the edge […]

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End of Harvest

The end of October did bring the end of harvest for Selene and Bressler.  Bressler Cabernet was picked on the 22nd of October.  Just before a weekend of warm winds, which being up in western St. Helena, it really didn’t need to go through another couple of days of warm dry winds.  We got the […]

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2004 Selene Dead Fred Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello from Selene! We are releasing the 2004 Dead Fred Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.  This is Selene’s first vineyard designate Cabernet Sauvignon to date, and only 93 cases were produced. I wish I could see your face when you first come upon the name “Dead Fred Vineyard.”  It always makes me smile.  The beloved cat of […]

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Everything but Cabernet

  It’s Monday, and we just picked our second block of Merlot from Frediani Vineyards in Calistoga.  They call it J Merlot because they got the bud wood from Jordon back in 1985 when the vineyard was planted.  It’s on St. George (root stock) and looks to be really good stuff.   We have nice cool weather […]

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Picking!

It’s Saturday September 23rd and already the first week of harvest has whizzed by!  We started picking this past Monday (September 18th) with Hyde Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.  We got about 2/3rds of our total tonnage picked.  Most of the newer creek block we picked out, we just left a few vines that seemed to be […]

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Vineyards

Update on what is happening in the vineyards.  Berries are now sizing up a bit.  We are right on the verge of verasion.  Verasion is color change in the reds or berry softening in the whites.  Basically it is one of the stopping points in the growth phase before they actually go through their last […]

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Bottling (more than you want to know)

Well it’s almost August and there’s been a lot going on, so let’s get caught up! We bottled all our 2004 reds near the end of June.  2004 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Selene ‘Chesler’ Red Wine, and 2004 Selene ‘Dead Fred Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon.  I was very pleased with the way the bottling turned out.   […]

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Bloom

We finally have some bloom (or flowering) happening in the vineyards.  I was out on the 1st at Hyde Vineyards (Sauvignon Blanc) and at Dead Fred Vineyard (Cabernet), and in those two vineyards, they were pretty close, I saw about 1% to 2% bloom.  What that means is that one or two clusters out of […]

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Vintage Similarities

A lot of people are beginning to compare this vintage to 1998. Certainly at this point it does have some similarities, but having done this for 23 or so years now, you learn real quick that there are no comparisons that can last the whole season. We did have a large (generous) harvest in 1997 […]

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