It's a quiet interlude here at Tablas Creek. We're starting to slowly prune the vineyard, but with budbreak two months or (hopefully) more away, there's not great urgency. The 2014 vintage wines are nearly done fermenting, but not quite done enough to start blending. We have our first bottling in mid-February (hooray for new rosés!) but we're not quite close enough to start our serious prep on these wines.
So, mid-January is a time to enjoy a slower pace, assess where we are and what we'd like to do for the year, and enjoy the lush, green landscape.
We're not the only ones enjoying this new landscape; we have the first of our 2015 vintage of lambs, born to the ewes who make up our grazing herd:
As you would expect, the natural cycles of grazing animals in whatever climate look to produce their offspring when the grass is the lushest. So, this is just the beginning of a wave of new lambs that starts now and should continue through March.
A few more photos of the new arrivals:
May your 2015 have started as hopefully as ours!