Casey McClellan
November 9, 2011 | Casey McClellan

2011 Harvest & First Crush

Al Fresco Champagne lunch on the crush pad

September 27th, 2011 – Today we celebrated the beginning of Vintage 2011 here at Seven Hills by crushing some wonderful, ripe, intense Merlot from some of our best vineyards, followed by a delicious al fresco Champagne lunch on the crush pad.  It’s a great feeling every year when those first loads of fruit come in and the vintage is launched.  We’ve had to be particularly patient this season, as we had a very cool Spring which delayed picking by about two weeks past average.

I believe we’ve done everything we can do in the vineyard to make this a great vintage of memorable wines.  Now it’s up to us to process and age these wines with our usual care so they end up the best they can be.

To get a taste of what it was like to be there, take a look at the video we made of the 2011 Merlot crush:


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