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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sierra Foothills/Nevada County Harvest Continues: Sierra Starr Winery (Grass Valley)
“Harvest 2012 has begun here at Sierra
Starr.Two days ago we brought in the
first of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes.After processing, the juice analysis was right on at 23 brix and pH of
3.3.Juice flavors were truly
wonderful.We will bring in the
remaining Sauvignon Blanc grapes tomorrow.
We are looking for the Chardonnay, from
Clarksburg, early next week.
Next up after the Sauvignon from our vineyard
will be the first of the Zinfandels; harvest for the Zins will span at least a
month as the different blocks mature.”
ABOUT SIERRA STARR: Sierra Starr produces 2,500 cases and farms 15 acres just
outside Grass Valley. Among their wines are Sauvignon Blanc, Un-Oaked
Chardonnay, Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, Three Zinfandels (including
Zinjolais), Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Bubblies, Inertia, the always-
favorite Jack’s Blend and "Five Starr Port".The Starrs bought an existing vineyard in 1995 with the intent of
moving their flower growing nursery from the Monterey Bay area onto the vacant
land on the parcel. The nursery didn't move but Phil felt the challenge
of grape growing and making fine wine was one dream that he couldn't pass