Vol. 3, Issue 5 LDV Winery October 2012  

Winemaker's Goodbye
LDV Blog
Curt in the Dirt
Winery Update
Wine Pairing
Upcoming Events
The eNewsletter offers us the opportunity to share our experiences on our winemaking journey and lets you be the first to learn about our progress, vineyard and winery practices, new wine releases, wine pairings, events, special offers and promotions. We always welcome hearing from you. Email us at info@LDVWinery.com with your questions or comments.

Winemaker’s Goodbye

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It’s been six months now that we’ve been together. Hoping like crazy for the best of weather.

Now is your turn to leave the vine. Nothing you did, it’s just your time.

Your journey will be hard but you will survive. You’ll be crushed tomorrow but still be alive.

Another season has passed and my hair is much thinner. Been good to know you my friends, see you soon at dinner.


- Curt Dunham -
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Syrah Grapes  Ready for Harvest
All the fruit is out of the vineyard and on its way to making some incredible wine. The 2012 harvest exceeded our expectations in terms of quantity and fruit quality. Even our young vines were trying to put out fruit. Thank you to all who rolled up their sleeves over the past few months to help bottle, label, crush, harvest, punch down, and provide moral support. We had a lot of fun while we all worked incredibly hard. You will be able to taste the fruits of your labor in about two years.

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2012 Grape to Glass Symposium
We kicked off the harvest season with the third annual Grape to Glass Symposium that coincided with our Viognier harvest. Approximately 75 people toured the winery, listened to great music by Lynn Ferguson, had an incredible lunch on the crush pad, and participated in our annual tasting panel. Your comments will help Curt when he begins to put the finishing touches on the 2011 Petite Sirah.
Mark your calendars for next year’s event – Saturday August 3, 2013. We moved the date up in August because it about killed us to prepare for that event and begin harvest.

Thank you for all your support and remember with the holidays coming up LDV wine makes an incredible client or hostess gift. We can sign bottles for you, package in a beautiful silk wine bag with bow, and offer a special case discount. Just let us know what you need.

Cheers!
Curt Dunham and Peggy Fiandaca

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From Vineyard to Table Blog

Latest blog issue is online – Life at 5,000’. There are so many great Chocolate Chip Cookie recipes out there but we dare you to toss your favorite away and try ours. The October blog includes the recipe for you at this link. Let us know what you think.

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Curt in the Dirt – The Vineyard Update

We have just completed an amazing 2012 harvest! We finished up September 27th picking the last of the Petite Sirah.

We picked over 12 tons which averages out to about 6 tons per acre – an amazing yield especially for such a young vineyard!

We are literally up to our elbows in deep purple must and have been scrambling to try to find places to not only ferment the grapes but to store the finished wine after pressing.

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Grapes ready for harvest
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of new barrels and some temporary storage tanks. We were totally taken by surprise by the volume of fruit we picked from the entire vineyard. To put this year in perspective, we picked a total of 9 tons last year and 2012 yielded over 32 tons.

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Mike, Frank & Curt - Crush Pad Crew

We feel like we are starting to figure out our spot. Adding nutrients at the right time, revising our irrigation and pruning strategies, and less insect damage all contributed to the bounty. Of course, not having a damaging spring frost didn’t hurt either! In August it looked like we would be picking everything very early but we had an abrupt end to the monsoon that brought very cool nights that slowed things down. The extra couple of weeks of sunshine and hang time are really going to pay off in some stunningly flavorful and colored wines.
Time will tell if this year was an anomaly or if this terroir is capable of producing like this year after year.

The 2,000 baby Petite Sirah we planted in May got off to a slow start but are finishing very strong. It looks like a two year old vineyard already! We anticipate significant production from this new block next year if we have a normal winter. Keep your fingers crossed. Can never have too much Petite!

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Winery Update

2010 wines are available for sale this month. We had hoped to release these wines several months ago but we stuck to our policy of “no wine before its time” and these big reds needed a bit more aging. We think the extra time and work we did will be well worth the wait.
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Like all of our Sky Island wines, the 2010 Sky Island Grenache showcases the unique characteristics of the grapes grown in the Chiricahua Mountains. This bottling is comprised of 82% Grenache and 18% Petite Sirah aged for 21 months in all neutral oak barrels. We produced 162 cases.

Winemaker Notes: Fruit and spice with nice acidity. Wine will pair well with light beef dishes, poultry, fish, and cheeses.
Price: $22.00
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The 2010 Grenache was crafted from 100% Chiricahua Mountain fruit aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 21 months. The wine is comprised of 90% Grenache and 10% Petite Sirah. We produced 45 cases.

Winemaker Notes: Rich and toasty. Wine will pair well with a variety of foods or serve by itself.
Price: $25.00
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The 2010 Petite Sirah is comprised of 33% Petite Sirah aged in new French oak barrels, 49% Petite Sirah aged in neutral barrels, and 18% Grenache aged in neutral barrels. This full-bodied wine is a true reflection of the Petite Sirah varietal from the Chiricahua Mountains. This wine is our exciting follow up to the Wine Spectator 88 rated 2009 Petite Sirah; though the wine is very different. The wine was aged for 22 months and we produced 122 cases.

Winemaker Notes:
Dark fruits come forward followed by spice and a kiss of oak. This wine is great with pasta and grilled foods.
Price: $25.00
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Our first white wine – 2011 Viognier – is getting rave reviews from folks and sales are brisk. To emulate the characteristics of food friendly and zesty Sauvignon Blancs and dry Rieslings, this 100% Viognier was harvested from two-year-old Lawrence Dunham Vineyards vines at low sugar levels and fermented and aged in stainless steel. We produced 65 cases.

Winemaker Notes: Crafted to pair well with seafood, light salads, or as a refresher on a warm afternoon.
Price:
$20.00
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“The Signature” reflects our belief that Petite Sirah is going to be the signature grape of our estate and of the Chiricahua Mountains. Our terroir brings out the most striking features of the grape and we are looking forward with great anticipation to many amazing vintages. Around here we call it “liquid midnight” but you can enjoy it any time of the day! 100% Petite Sirah, 83% aged in new American oak barrels for 22 months. We produced 134 cases of this special wine.

Winemaker Notes: Bold, toasty, and spicy. This wine is great with bold flavored dishes or rich grilled meats.
Price:
$32.00
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We still have plenty of 2009 wines left but if you are contemplating picking up some more, move quickly! We have several big events coming up and don’t want you to be left out of LDV’s historic first vintage.

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LDV for the Holidays

We love the winter holidays and we do them up big. So it is never too early to think about how Lawrence Dunham Vineyards can fit into your holidays.

We are already taking special orders for client gifts, wine gift baskets, and wine purchases. But also we have lined up several special wine tasting events for private client parties. So be creative and give us call as you start thinking about your holiday plans.
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Wine Pairing

Autumn is the perfect time to slow roast an herb crusted prime rib in the oven or made from scratch rich beef barley soup. All can be perfectly paired with Lawrence Dunham Vineyards’ robust red wines. Before making the final decision about which wine to choose, ask yourself the following four questions about your food pairing:

What is the protein (e.g., beef, pork, chicken, lamb, etc.)?

Leaner the protein, the lighter the wine. A robust red wine can cut through the fatty cuts of protein.

How is the protein seasoned (e.g., herb crusted, basic salt/pepper, stuffed, etc.)? Lighter the seasoning, the lighter the wine. A stuffed pork chop might need a medium-bodied red wine while herb crusted prime rib might do better with a Petite Sirah or Cabernet.

What is the cooking method (e.g., grilled, roasted, fried, etc.)? If the cooking method imparts another layer of flavor (i.e., Mesquite grilling) then a more robust wine would be a good compliment. However, if the protein is being poached then a lighter style wine would be appropriate.

What are you serving with your protein
(i.e., side dishes)?
Side dishes are often overlooked when thinking about the appropriate wine. Remember you are pairing your wine with the entire meal. A loaded baked potato is very different from sautéed squash with lemon butter.

To test your food/wine pairing skills, try our McDowell Mountain “Fire Cracker” Rib-Eye Steak recipe available at this link, and let us know what you think.

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Upcoming Events

October 20
AWGA Great AZ Grape Stomp 5K Races – Elgin/Sonoita
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October 20-21
Willcox Wine Country Fall Wine Festival
More information is available at this link

October 23
We'll be pouring wine at Christopher's Crush in Phoenix for a special Check Please! Arizona Tasting Tour event (follow the link to see how to get on the waiting list)

October 27
AWGA Great AZ Grape Stomp 5K Races – Willcox
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October 27
Burgers & Big Ass Reds -
Lawrence Dunham Vineyards - Pearce

11 am to 4 pm

November 3
AWGA Great AZ Grape Stomp 5K Races – Fountain Hills
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Wine Festival, Music, Farmer’s Market, Fine Arts & More 
Printable flyer available at this link

November 16 Celebration of AZ Wine at Quiessence Restaurant – Phoenix
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November 16 Porsche Car Club Wine Tasting –
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November 17 Festival at the Farm – Phoenix
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