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We're feeling very festive here at Flat Rock as the year winds down, and it has been a great year.  We picked up a long list of awards (including Decanter Gold for 2008 Riesling), launched the region's coolest winery dining experience (el Gastro on the Green Roof), celebrated our 5th anniversary with a few hundred of our closest friends, unveiled a line of unique & innovative wines in tribute to our 'founding father' (The Rogue Pinot Noir 2009, The Rogue Syrah 2007), and witnessed the marriage of our two favourite people (Winemaker Ross Wise to Wine Fanatic Tiffany Richardson). A good year indeed.

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Below, Ross sums up the year in the vineyard and the cellar. But for my part, I just want to extend a heart felt thanks to all of you for so enthusiastically supporting us in 2010.  

So, if we don't see you at the winery over the next couple of weeks, then on behalf of myself and the entire Flat Rock Crew, I wish you a happy holiday season!

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A Word from the Wise

It seems crazy that at the start of December I can be sitting back with all my wine finished fermentation, and the Pinot Noir already having undergone Malolactic fermentation. I think back to 2009, when Nadjas Vineyard Riesling finished fermenting on Christmas day, and I still had Chardonnay fermenting well into March! 2010 is easily the earliest harvest I have seen in my time in Niagara, and it sure lead to a whirlwind couple of months in the Cellar. The early signs are that the 2010 vintage is going to be just as good as the summer weather that preceded it. Bold, expressive Rieslings, ripe and textured Chardonnays, and silky elegant Pinots are all developing nicely. I have been spending a lot of my time trying to further identify and understand the different flavour profiles from the many unique soil and micro-climate combinations found within our vineyard. It is so rewarding to see the same flavours coming back from each small parcel year after year with increasing depth of character and intensity as the vines age. I look forward to seeing this development continue through 2011 and into coming years as our vines dig even deeper into our unique 20 Mile Bench limestone and clay. The future is bright here at Flat Rock Cellars.

Happy Holidays and all the best for 2011!

Ross Wise, Winemaker

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