The 2010 growing season here at Freedom Run got off to an early start this year with budbreak at least a week earlier than normal. April’s warmth got things going and so far we’ve escaped any frost damage from May’s cold snaps. The potential for an unusually long growing season for our reds is something to be excited about.
We are currently suckering vines in the by removing growth below the fruiting wire and still doing some tying and thinning along the way. This year we have also reduced our vines to two trunk and two canes per vine. This reduces the amount of fruit output per vine, which will ultimately lead to riper grapes and hopefully a balanced vine.
As soon as tomorrow we are planting a new vineyard behind the winery. Chip has prepped the land we are ready to plant some more chardonnay and merlot. As of today we only make about 30 cases of Estate Chardonnay and it’s just not enough to supply the demand for the naked unoaked style that we love to make with our estate grapes.
In the tasting room we are preparing to roll out several new wines including whites, reds and a rosé. We are very happy with the way our Cabernet Francs turned out and we are getting ready to bottle an 08 Meritage and 08 Cabernet-Merlot. If you’re not a facebook friend please try and seek us out because we will be frequently adding these new wines to our list. Cheers!