2006 Sauvignon Blanc Blend

We put together the final Sauvignon Blanc blend.  It was interesting to taste all the different lots we had.  They came from two different vineyard blocks, and the three different picking dates and then among those lots you have stainless steel barrel fermentations and oak barrel fermentations.  It’s always fun to see how they all […]

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Racking the 2006 Reds

Just before Christmas in December, we racked our two Merlots and Cabernet Franc after malolactic fermentation.  We like to get them a little breath of fresh air and get them off the heavy solids (a by-product of the malo fermentation), then get them back into barrel. Later in January we racked the Dead Fred Cabernet […]

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Aloha!

We had two functions in Honolulu at the end of November.  The first was a trade tasting by Southern Wine & Spirits of Hawaii, who represents Selene in Hawaii. The tasting was held at the Halekulani in Waikiki and was very well attended.  They put on a good show.  The wineries were around the edge […]

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End of Harvest

The end of October did bring the end of harvest for Selene and Bressler.  Bressler Cabernet was picked on the 22nd of October.  Just before a weekend of warm winds, which being up in western St. Helena, it really didn’t need to go through another couple of days of warm dry winds.  We got the […]

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Everything but Cabernet

  It’s Monday, and we just picked our second block of Merlot from Frediani Vineyards in Calistoga.  They call it J Merlot because they got the bud wood from Jordon back in 1985 when the vineyard was planted.  It’s on St. George (root stock) and looks to be really good stuff.   We have nice cool weather […]

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Picking!

It’s Saturday September 23rd and already the first week of harvest has whizzed by!  We started picking this past Monday (September 18th) with Hyde Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.  We got about 2/3rds of our total tonnage picked.  Most of the newer creek block we picked out, we just left a few vines that seemed to be […]

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Vineyards

Update on what is happening in the vineyards.  Berries are now sizing up a bit.  We are right on the verge of verasion.  Verasion is color change in the reds or berry softening in the whites.  Basically it is one of the stopping points in the growth phase before they actually go through their last […]

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Bottling (more than you want to know)

Well it’s almost August and there’s been a lot going on, so let’s get caught up! We bottled all our 2004 reds near the end of June.  2004 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon, 2004 Selene ‘Chesler’ Red Wine, and 2004 Selene ‘Dead Fred Vineyard’ Cabernet Sauvignon.  I was very pleased with the way the bottling turned out.   […]

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Bloom

We finally have some bloom (or flowering) happening in the vineyards.  I was out on the 1st at Hyde Vineyards (Sauvignon Blanc) and at Dead Fred Vineyard (Cabernet), and in those two vineyards, they were pretty close, I saw about 1% to 2% bloom.  What that means is that one or two clusters out of […]

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