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Goosecross: 2009 Vintage Recap

by David on November 9, 2009

Have you heard that every year is the same here in Napa Valley? Don’t you believe it! After the drama of the 2008 vintage with its roller coaster of weather-related challenges, we enjoyed a remarkably mild, blissfully uneventful 2009 growing season. That is, until Mother Nature tossed us a curve ball on October 13th. We […]

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Harvest Update from Goosecross

by David on October 9, 2009

Our Harvest Calendar tells the story. September brought us a few blasts of heat and the grapes came rolling in at a fairly rapid fire. The bad news: It’s exhausting to have so many burners going at once. The good news: A lot of the really hard work is behind us, now, so we begin […]

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Geoff Gorsuch, our Winemaker,  will tell us about his strategy for thinning leaves as the grapes ripen. This was filmed at our estate vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley. Enjoy! Subscribe

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Goosecross Vintage Update – One Week to Go!

by David on August 29, 2009

The Cabernet, here at the winery, tastes about as sweet as table grapes right now (between 15 and 20% sugar) and we’re about a week out from harvesting our first grapes of the season next week. The Chenin Blanc will probably come in over Labor Day weekend. With the warm weather we’re having right now, […]

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We talked a little bit about veraison in July. The Cab and Petit Verdot finished coming through veraison earlier this month and there’s no one better to tell you about it than our Owner/Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch. Enjoy! Subscribe

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Fast and furious!

by David on September 12, 2008

Talk about your jack-rabbit start! If you’ve checked out our Harvest Calendar, you don’t have to ask how the weather’s been. The writing’s on the crush-pad, so to speak. I’m sure there must have been years that have been equally frenetic, but I can’t think of one right now. Everybody’s scrambling to keep up with […]

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2008 Vintage Update, Part 2

by David on August 25, 2008

As we said in July – it’s been interesting, so far, and continues to be. In our last update, we reported virtually no damage from the various challenges that have come our way: frost, heat, wind, rain, smoke. But, once the clusters were more developed, Geoff Gorsuch, our Winemaker, noticed a higher incidence of “shatter”1 […]

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And they’re off…

by David on August 11, 2008

Let the harvest begin! In what’s been a rather eventful year, so far, we pile on the oddity that, here in Napa Valley, the local harvest began with Sauvignon Blanc rather than sparkling wine! Moooost unusual!! Mitch Cosentino (Cosentino is a neighbor of ours here in the Yountville District) was quoted as saying bringing in grapes […]

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Blushing Beauties

by David on July 24, 2008

Those little green peas I told you about are beginning to blush and they’re a sight to be seen – such pretty little things… These little “peas” are actually Cabernet Sauvignon which is putting out signals that it’s thinking about coming home – not real soon – but maybe in about eight weeks, give or […]

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2008 Vintage Update, Part 1

by David on July 1, 2008

It’s been interesting, so far. We saw the first signs of new growth right on time, middle of March, accompanied by night after night of frost. 2008 has been called the worst year for frost in about 30 years and millions of dollars in loss was reported throughout the north coast. So, what do we […]

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