Paloma Milestones: 2017-2018
In the winter of 2016/2017, we removed about 550 aging Merlot vines and replaced them with Cabernet Franc vines, a favourite varietal of the Paloma family. The 2017 growing season was fantastic, but due to years of drought, the fall brought waves of fires. From Northern California to North Bay to Wine Country, we were surrounded by fires all sides. Caston and Jace came down from Canada to help with harvest and support Sheldon in case of an emergency evacuation. Fortunately, CalFire was able to gain control before the fires reached Spring Mountain.
In 2018, Sheldon decided to try something new; he wanted to pay homage to Barbara and what better way than through the grapes that she raised. Ode to Barbara, is a cuvée of 54% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Cab Franc. It will most likely be released in August of 2022. Keep an eye out!