We spent the day in Anderson Valley seeing Broken Leg and Hog Pen vineyards.
Hog Pen will become a great vineyard. Last year and hopefully this year, we will get upper Hog Pen. It is planted with a variety of Syrah clones. Much more exciting, we went and saw lower Hog Pen. This vineyard, planted with Merlot in 1995, is being grafted over with Syrah – 877 and 174 and will be ours for the next five years at least. It is located in Mendocino Ridge Appellation tucked near the top of a ridge.
Lower Hog Pen won’t produce fruit until next year. Upper hasn’t flowered yet.
The only downside, it is beyond the Prius’ reach. We were supposed to meet the grower at the end of the paved road. Due to the lack of cell phone coverage, we missed him. Wanting to see the vineyard, we ventured down the steep road with our little Prius. The Prius is great for vineyard visits – we often get 60 MPG on the road. We made it to the vineyard. It look great and we are very excited!
Only problem, the Prius didn’t have the traction to make it our of the vineyard. We got about halfway up the hill and no go – we started to spin. We had to be towed – oh well, all in a days work.
Next time, we will take photos…