2013 Harvest Report – Foxx Viticulture

Hi all,

80% of the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards I work with are coming in heavy. Most Pinot Noir Vineyards, especially in the Corralitos area are at a minimum of 25% over yield of last year and 2012 was a big year! A select few vineyards are showing even more production, some as much as 50% or more over normal. Quality is very high. There have been some issues with even ripening in younger vineyards and wine quality may have been affected if allowed to overproduce. Older vineyards are showing the best fruit I have seen in years even with a big set.

I attribute this to the perfect spring weather and excellent set. Disease pressure was very low during summer months. There were no heat spikes after verasion. We have enjoyed a slow steady maturation period that has produced perfect numbers. pH is coming in 3.2 to 3.5 depending on harvest date. Sugars are 23 to 25, less for those choosing to pick at the first hint of ripeness. TA is hitting 7 to 8. This is what I call a winemaker’s year. With environmental pressure low (no significant rain or heat) winemakers can pick their harvest date based on individual vision and style preference. Each vineyard I work with is in full expression of it’s terroir showing fruit flavors unique and fully developed across the board. In general cluster size and density is up, phenolics are strong, color is good even at first crush. Pinot Noir clusters that normally average 2 oz are showing easily 3 oz per cluster. Bins are regularly topping out at a pure half ton. 2013 promises to be a phenomenal year in every sense.

Bon appetit!

Prudy Foxx
Foxx Viticulture
Santa Cruz Mountains


wine tasting menlo park

Taste of the Mountains – Menlo Park

The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the second annual Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 3 in Downtown Menlo Park. All ticket proceeds from the event will benefit the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation. Enjoy wines from small, local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Santa Cruz Avenue. Check in for your wristband, glass, and a map of the pouring locations – then enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering. Stay downtown for a dinner or movie to follow!

Traditionally considered the “Capital of Venture Capital”, the City of Menlo Park is also home to industry-leading tech companies like Facebook and SRI. Downtown Menlo Park is known for its quaint shops, great restaurants and high-end home decor. The City is the perfect backdrop for this elegant event. The December 3rd Wine Walk is the perfect complement to a weekend of holiday cheer, which includes a Friday night tree-lighting and Saturday morning breakfast with Santa. It is sure to be a merry weekend for the entire family.

TasteOfTheMountainsMenloPark_Logo-012016 Participating Wineries

Bargetto Winery
Big Basin Vineyards
Byington Vineyard & Winery
House Family Vineyards
Kings Mountain Vineyards
Mindego Ridge Vineyard
Portola Vineyards
Roudon Smith
Russian Ridge Winery
Thomas Fogarty Winery
Woodside Vineyards
Wrights Station Vineyards

2016 Participating Businesses

Menlo Hardwoods
Peabody Fine Art

Downtown Menlo Park shops and restaurants are open to the general public of all ages during the wine walk and those under 21 may attend the tasting areas. You must be 21 to purchase wine tasting glasses and wristbands. Tasting areas are unrestricted but wine is not permitted outside of designated areas. The tasting is available only to those with valid event bracelets.

About the Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation
For over 30 years, the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) has furthered the mission of Menlo Park City School District (MPCSD) to provide an exceptional education for 3000 students at Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll, and Hillview schools. Working with the entire community, which includes parents and local businesses, the MPAEF makes it possible for each child in the district to benefit from 32 best-in-class teachers and their professional development, innovative classroom techniques, and credentialed specialists in arts, sciences, libraries, technology and emotional wellness. We support academic excellence for the whole child, inside and out.