Archive for September, 2005

Blessing of the Grapes

Friday, September 30th, 2005

The last day of September and I got to sneak in a little run this morning with my dog Dilly. I didn’t have check any vineyards, or be anywhere until 7:30 or 8:00. As soon as it was light enough to pick grapes, I was out running. Dilly is a German short-hair pointer, and she [...]

Heating up

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

It’s 7pm now and I was talking about the wind up at Stagecoach earlier today. It was really windy up there. It’s close to 1300 feet in elevation where my vineyard is. When I got back down to the valley, I noticed there wasn’t a hot dry wind. Even at Dalla Valle, which is at [...]

Stagecoach and Blue Oak

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

It’s 8am and I just finished sampling the Stagecoach Vineyard. Before that I was at Blue Oak, where I got a 22.8 (brix). There are some nice flavors coming on, but it obviously needs some more time. Stagecoach is starting to get in the 25 (brix) plus range, but still some herbaceous flavors there as [...]

More Sampling

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Yesterday I went out and did quite a bit of sampling and looking at grapes. I went up to Calistoga to the Frediani Family Vineyard and looked at Merlot and Cab Franc for Selene. I like how the flavors are coming along, and we are suppose to have some hot days coming up, so I [...]

Fermentations

Monday, September 26th, 2005

We picked Merlot early this morning at Bressler. This is the second year for harvesting Merlot off of their young vines. We got a nice crop, with tasty fruit, and it looked really good. We took the grapes over to Andretti Winery, which is a satellite winery of Laird. It’s not very far down the [...]

Finished Sauvignon Blanc

Monday, September 26th, 2005

It’s 5:30 in the morning. I wanted to catch up before I head out to the Bressler Merlot pick. Bressler is a client that has been making Cabernet since 2000 in western St. Helena. Bob and Stacey have a couple of other things besides Cab planted in small amounts, and Merlot is one of them. [...]

Haiku

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

September 16th was the second day of picking Sauvignon Blanc. It was also Independence Day for Mexico. I wrote this on that day. Fiestas Patrias Piscadores keep picking grapes for the wine September 22nd, as I came over the top of the grade: Morning Sun Highlights shy hilltops Clouds’ shade temper the obvious September 23rd, [...]

Sanity during Harvest

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

On a personal note, here’s little stuff on how to keep yourself sane during harvest. I usually have a couple of things going. I like to sneak in a work out when I can. Either a run with Tracy and the dogs, or ride the bikes down to the gym and get in a workout. [...]

More tasting and touring

Thursday, September 22nd, 2005

Today started by going to one of my clients where we were picking some cabernet on a rocky hillside. It looked good, and we got a nice yield of one and a half tons. While I was there, I walked through the estate vineyards and tasted though some of the cabernets growing there. Things have [...]

Sampling

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Tracy and I went out sampling today. We sampled from three different vineyards. Two separate blocks at Frediani in Calistoga, one Merlot and one Cabernet Franc. The Merlot is a little bit ahead of the Cab Franc, at about 24 brix and tastes pretty good. The Cab Franc is at 23.8 brix and looks like [...]