In keeping with Wine Blog’s dedication to oral journals from winemakers, this is the second part of a four part series with David Mounts.
My reason for breaking up these videos is because I’m acutely aware that no one has the time to sit through a 30 to 40 minute video during the day. That said, the information contained within these videos is fascinating and very educational. So, Jose and I are presenting them in sound bites, rather than one, long video.
In the heart of Dry Creek Valley, Mounts Family Vineyards has gained tremendous prestige over the years as a primo grower of fine wine grapes. This family has three generations of dedicated, successful farmers.
The land in Dry Creek Valley was originally purchased by David Mounts’ grandfather, who wanted to grow prunes in the 1940s. The country was still recovering from Prohibition, and wine grapes weren’t the most desirable crop at that time. In the late 1960s, the land took an interesting segue, when David’s father returned from college, and was ready to plant the land over to wine grapes. It’s been dedicated to wine grapes ever since. The next generation of Mounts, being David, returned from UC Davis with yet another dream… that of becoming a winemaker, as well as continuing on as a grape grower.
This is David Mounts’ oral journal, still in the vineyards (as was last week’s story). Taken during harvest, notice his tension of wanting/needing to get back to harvest. We arrived on a morning when grapes were coming in as black clouds were gathering. Only during the most exciting time of the year for a grape grower… harvest… does this tension exist. This day was also exacerbated by the three days of rain that was predicted and came in October, which put a lot of wine companies into overdrive.
It’s this time of the year – about a month in a vineyard – when it’s make it or break it for a family for the entire, upcoming year, if they’re only growers.
In this video, David talks about his famous Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel block; the volcanic, iron rich, clay loamy soils which they farm, and why this is a prime example of soil in which Zinfandels and Petites do extremely well in Dry Creek Valley.