Third in a series on the 2013 vintage at three New England wineries
LINCOLN, Mass. The vineyard Turtle Creek Winery owner Kip Kumler calls Conservation Hill occupies a gentle, south-facing slope above a hayfield here. Planted in 2003, the vines stand on land set aside in perpetuity for agricultural use in this leafy Boston suburb, less than 20 miles from the city center. The roughly two acres of riesling, pinot noir, chardonnay, and riesling vines planted here are the basis of the winery’s estate wines (some wine is made here with California grapes), supplemented by fruit grown around the family’s home and winery proper about a mile away. Conservation Hill sits on land owned by the town of Lincoln on long-term lease to Kumler.
The mid-August report on the 2013 vintage here from vineyard manager Matt Bombassaro is a short one: “No drama so far.” The weather has been mostly hot and, aside from a burst of heavy rain now and then, rather dry. This is in contrast to the heavy persistent rain reported by Deidre Heekin at her property in Barnard, Vermont. One of the benefits of drier weather is that a spraying regime can be carried on with something like regularity — the major concerns here, a common theme at many eastern U.S. vineyards, are the fungal diseases encouraged by wetter, more humid conditions.