Here we are, October 13th and only 40% through picking our Rieslings, watching the weather channel like a new episode of the Sopranos as every night we are getting closer to freezing temperature – a freeze would end our growing season – please not quite yet, hang on Indian Summer! We still have 60% of our Riesling grapes hanging in the vineyard and we need more time to see our acids go down. Regionally, we have brought in most of our Yakima Valley Rieslings and have not yet started picking our Wallula vineyard Riesling in the Horse Heaven Hills. So far what we are seeing from the Yakima Valley are high acid, low brix, good botrytis (ie noble rot) – great for sweeter Rieslings, not so great for drier styles. The heavy botrytis is allowing us to attempt a 100% botrytized harvested wine (TBA in Germany, Selection Grain Noble in Alsace) – stay tuned for an update on this new adventure. If we don’t get fried by below freezing temperatures over the week end, the forecast is for another 10 days of mild sunny weather and this would help tremendously to finish the season and get Wallula perfectly ripe. This is probably one of the most intellectually interesting season ever for us and I believe will keep proving that at Pacific Rim, we know our Rieslings.