PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Record Breaking Harvest in 2015 Flying Goat Wraps Up Harvest and Takes Labor Day Off!

Record Breaking Harvest in 2015
Flying Goat Wraps Up Harvest and Takes Labor Day Off!
Lompoc, CA (September 12, 2015) - Flying Goat Cellars wrapped up its 2015 harvest
on September 4th, the Friday before Labor Day. Winemaker Norm Yost had launched
his harvest on July 23, which is also extremely early for Santa Barbara County, even for
sparkling wine fruit. In Yost’s 35 years in the industry he has never experienced
anything like this. He enjoyed not laboring on Labor Day!
This harvest offered tiny clusters with very intense flavors. Yost reports, “The wines are
concentrated and already showing vibrant flavors with typicity of their appellations. Our
2015 vintage will be in high demand with scarcity of product!”
Flying Goat’s harvest began with Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot Noir fruit for sparkling
wine on July 23 and ended with Riverbench Vineyard Pinot Noir on September 4. Flying
Goat continued to source from seven long-term vineyard partners this year: Bien
Nacido, Solomon Hills, Sierra Madre, Dierberg and Riverbench in the Santa Maria
Valley AVA; Rancho Santa Rosa and Rio Vista in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
Yost notes that yields are down significantly compared with the past two very abundant
harvests. When reflecting over the past five vintages, Yost says there is a significant
variance in picking days and yields for each harvest. Now he questions what is the new
normal. “We’ve gone from extreme abundance to below what would have been normal
five years ago.”
Flying Goat Cellars specializes in vineyard designated Pinots and sparkling wines.
Winemaker Norm Yost launched Flying Goat with his 2000 Pinot Noir Santa Maria Hills
Vineyard. He launched his sparkling wine label with 2005 Goat Bubbles Rosé. Now he
produces five sparklers in the traditional method or méthode champenoise: Rosé,
Crémant, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Brut Cuvée. He also produces YNOT,
which is a blend of Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs. Flying Goat’s tasting room is
located at 1520 East Chestnut Court in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Hours are ThursdayMonday
11am-4pm. Contact Kate Griffith for details. Flying Goat Cellars


Kate Griffith
Flying Goat Cellars

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