My first season at Hilliard Bruce has been inspiring. For those of you who have
had the pleasure of visiting the property, you know it is impossible to have a bad day
here. During harvest, we had many exhausting ones, though once I looked up across the
winery and out to the gleaming landscape of the Sta. Rita Hills, all stress washed away. I
can’t believe that within a few short months grapes will be ripening again for the 2018
season to begin the cycle anew.
Currently in the barrel room we have the estate wines from our 2017 harvest
maturing in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels. At the end of March
we bottled the 2016 vintage. For the Pinot Noir selections, we bottled the Moon, Sun and
Sky designates that correspond to their unique plantings on the property. Additionally we
bottled a very limited selection of Pinot Noir Sun 667. This tiny 50 case lot was created
exclusively for our club members. For the Chardonnay production, we are equally
excited to offer you the new 2016 Venus. As always, this 100% new French oak bottling
is personally selected by Christine from her favorite barrels in the cellar. This toasty
citrus marked effort will be perfect for autumn gatherings and holiday celebrations.
As a reminder of how pure and expressive the Chardonnay is from this property,
have you had the 2014 Estate recently? If you have any in your cellar, make sure to bring
it to the forefront of your wine list, as you will be tremendously pleased. If you most
likely have enjoyed yours already, plan on stocking up for the summer. I am in Michigan
on business as I write this and last night at the end of the evening after a boisterous
tasting event I had a moment to enjoy a glass of wine. Someone handed me some
Chardonnay sight unseen. I tasted it and said, “This is delicious! Have I had this before?”
They all laughed as they showed me the bottle.
For the vineyard, spring is in the air! We have 21 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir planted on the property in 3 unique sections that surround the winery. We have an
upcoming Father’s Day vineyard walk that I am hosting that special Sunday where we
will tour the rows and taste the wines that correspond with their chosen vines. Growth
should be significant to preview the status of the coming harvest. The beauty of
connecting with a small boutique winery like Hilliard Bruce is that we have the luxury of
sharing every aspect with what we do and how we do it personally with you. We thrive
on that. I do hope you will join us soon for a visit. Any special requests, please always
feel free to contact me at anytime. My direct email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.