After many years of working out in the elements, Fairview Cellars owner Bill Eggert is pleased with the new roof over the winery crush pad. Along with providing shelter while working outside during the harvest, it will also provide crucial shade while working with barrels outside of the cellar doors. The famous barrel cellar mural created by Leza MacDonald remains unobstructed and is still clearly visible from the fairways at the golf course next door.

Fairview will be sampling not one, but two Pinot Noirs in the wine shop this summer. The first is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir from the Eagle Bluff Vineyard that shows bright cherries, chocolate, earth and has an elegantly balanced finish. The second is the Crooked Post Pinot Noir and is similar in style to last year’s wine of the same name. It has a much richer style with more floral aromas and smoother acidity.  The grapes were grown mostly at the Fournier Vineyard, but this wine also includes some fruit from the Eagle Bluff Vineyard. “There was a marked difference between these two in the barrel,” says Bill of why these two wines were bottled separately. Both wines will be available for $25.00 each.

This summer will also see the release of the new vintage of Madcap Red 2013. A Merlot-dominant blend that also includes Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, this wine has been perpetual favorite among fans of Fairview Cellars. The new vintage will more than live up to its reputation.

2013 Madcap Red – $24.90

Aromas of dark berries, cocoa, vanilla, cedar, and allspice. Bold and richly textured with huge black fruit, toffee, and baking spices and a long finish.

(Pictured: Proprietor/Winemaker Bill Eggert)

~ Luke Whittall