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2015 Harvest Newsletter



2015 Earliest Harvest Yet at Vineyard {511}

It's 4 am on September 14, 2015, and there's activity in our vineyard!  The 2015 Harvest is underway!  We typically harvest in early October. However, this year, bud break occurred in early March, three weeks earlier than usual, because of the warm and dry weather we experienced this last winter. A hot summer with a number of heat spikes accelerated sugar development and sent growers, including ourselves, scrambling to pick before the grapes over-ripened.  The good news for the 2015 Harvest is that the grapes are of stellar quality. We expect our 2015 vintage to match the quality of the last three vintages, which were some of the most outstanding vintages produced in Napa Valley.  The not so good news is that yields were down significantly, compared to the abundant 2012 - 2014 vintages we enjoyed, but which are in line with historical averages.  Our prediction: another great vintage, but in short supply! 

2012 Vintage to be Released in March, 2016

Our much-anticipated 2012 Vineyard {511} Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon will be released  in March 2016.  Growers and vintners alike in Napa Valley are praising the 2012 vintage as: "a poster child for the perfect vintage," "a classic vintage," and "a vintage of exceptional elegance."  Recent consumer tastings of our 2012 Vineyard {511} Cabernet Sauvignon bear this out. It's a well-balanced, classic Napa Valley mountain Cabernet.  We've resisted selling this wine prior to its release date, although we've had requests from distributors and consumers alike.  We are, however, accepting pre-release orders to be shipped in March 2016.  Only 120 cases available.  We anticipate a quick sell out!


Shipping Included on 2012 Pre-Orders!

Valley Fire

Thank you to our many friends who expressed concern about our proximity to the Valley Fire.  It killed four people and destroyed some 700 homes in the Middletown area on the border of Lake and Napa counties.  The fire was about 20 miles from Vineyard {511} and, while the skies were smoky, luckily we were in no danger.  The Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga served as an evacuation center for those who were evacuated from their homes.  There has been a tremendous outpouring of help from the Napa Valley community to help those who lost their homes.  We attended several fundraisers and directly helped a couple we know who lost their home.  If you wish to help, we recommend making a donation to Lake County Rising.

Celebrities Attending the 2015 Napa Valley Film Festival - November 11 -15

As many of you know, we are Founding Patrons and on the Board of Directors of the Napa Valley Film Festival.  The Festival is celebrating its 5th year with some great films, coupled with Napa Valley food and wine. Each year the Festival pays tribute to actors, directors and producers who have contributed to the cinematic arts.  This year's honorees include Bruce Dern and John Travolta, both of whom will attend the Festival.  Order your tickets here.



Ed and Irene Ojdana




Recent Blog Posts

September 23, 2015

Diana Krall Plays the Hollywood Bowl

September 22, 2015

Willamette Valley Wine Tasting

August 19, 2015

17th Annual V Foundation Wine Celebration

Upcoming Events

Vineyard {511} will be pouring its wine at the following events:

October 29, 2015

Denver International Wine Festival - Pairsine Chefs Fine Food and WIne, Omni Interlocken Resort, Bloomfield, CO

October 30, 2015

Denver International Wine Festival - Grand Tasting, Omni Interlocken Resort, Bloomfield, CO

Recent Awards

We are extremely proud of the recognition that our Vineyard {511} Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon has received:

Best of Class, Double Gold Medal (2011), Indy International Wine Competition

Gold Medals (2010, 2011), Denver International Wine Competition

Double Gold Medal (2010), Florida State Fair

Join the Encounter {511} Wine Club

Enjoy the following member benefits:

  • Three to four shipments annually
  • Priority allocation of new releases and large format bottles
  • 15% discount (minimum) on all purchases
  • Invitation to Fall Harvest Party at Vineyard {511} on October 11, 2015
  • VIP privileges



Join Us at the Napa Valley Film Festival


November 11 - 15, 2015




Vineyard 511
tel: 707-942-2156

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