Ask the Winemaker - Was 2016 a good year for wine?

We just had our 6th anniversary party and a lot of folks wanted to know how crush went. Was 2016 a good year for wine?In a word, YES!

Harvest for Burnt Bridge Cellars began on August 30 (Merlot) and our last pick was October 13 (Cabernet) - so it lasted nearly two-and-a-half months. We made about 15 trips and crushed nearly 35 tons - up a little bit over 2015. We brought in some new fruit too (Malbec, Syrah, Cab) that we haven't had before, so it'll be fun watching these lots evolve over the next two years.

I'm really happy with when we picked the fruit this year too. It's always a challenge to plan picks from a couple hundred miles away from the vineyard. But the team here and our awesome vineyard managers made 2016 as smooth as possible. When you get great fruit, and don't have to meddle with it much in the cellar, you have the recipe for great wine.