Harbinger Vineyard Brut Rosé
Sitting at about 750 feet in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, Harbinger is a tiny, high-elevation, densely-spaced vineyard that produces a lot of fruit and requires a lot of handwork. At 2,364 vines per acre, Harbinger does not ripen very quickly, which can be problematic in cooler vintages. In late October of 2011 with November rains facing us, the grapes were still lean and mean. We looked at the numbers, tasted the grapes, and determined that it was time to launch our long-awaited “Method Champenoise” program. We’d been wanting to start our own little “grower champagne” label, and Mother Nature just backed us right into that bubbly little corner!