The Old Patch … (#Harvest2011)

To be engaged in the wine production endeavour is to live in many eras; to travel time with impunity, to traverse the Vonnegutian Timequake spectrum with full awareness of all that history has to, and will, offer.

Viticulturist Will Thomas is one such traveler of time. Before the first crowing glory of morning light, his big black boots are already walking; walking through the ghosts of another century; gnarled Hobbity figures in the mist, in perennial enactment of plantings past.

He’s in The Old Patch. It’s a vineyard parcel like no other, a quiet, noble portion of the Geyserville Estate, upon which are planted vines that date to 1885 …

Antonín Dvořák was actively composing then, as were Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and more. It was the year Huckleberry Finn was published. Vincent Van Gogh was painting Amsterdam scenes. And The Old Patch was entering the ground.

This is where Will and the vineyard crews are working; half in history, half in today’s damp morning …

In less than a few hours, Will will have left the vineyards for the winery, calling ahead to let them know what to expect of the 2011 Old Patch …

It’s extraordinary fruit, and you may be so lucky as to taste it in … 2013. For this is where Will, and all the production team, are now; their heads have left 1885 far behind, and they are timequaking now into the future. What will 2013 hold? Where will you be? With whom might you be drinking wine?

You may not be thinking about your future yet, but they are.

To be engaged in the wine production endeavour is to live in many eras; to travel time with impunity, to traverse the Vonnegutian Timequake spectrum with full awareness of all that history has to, and will, offer.



Categories: Events & Photographs, Geyserville, History, Varietals & Blends, Vineyards and Oenology, Winemaking, Zinfandel

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