Archive for September, 2007

Draining and Pressing

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

We finished up with a lot of pressing this week. We started with the 181 Merlot from Frediani and the Cabernet Franc from Frediani. We pressed those on Tuesday the 25th. I got some nice pictures of the Cabernet Franc pomace coming out of the tank. This will show you what it’s like coming from [...]

A Few Days in the Valley

Friday, September 28th, 2007

For a few days in mid-September, I tailed Mia Klein throughout the Napa Valley to watch some of the many steps in the magical process of turning grapes into fantastic wine. After booking my plane ticket in May, I fully expected to see lots of workers in the fields picking grapes and dozens of trucks [...]


Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Last Tuesday we pressed the Bressler T-bin lots, which consisted of Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.  They had a nice two weeks on the skins in their bins getting punched down and the flavors were really good. We were the first red wine press at Andretti Winery.  It took a little longer than it [...]

Fermentations and Pressing Reds

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Obviously the T-bins of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are what we are going to be pressing today for Bressler.  Those fermentations went along very nice.  They are in the negative area now (sugar/brix readings), which means they are dry or approaching dryness.  They have been almost two weeks on the skins, so they [...]


Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

The weather is beginning to cool down a lot so all the picking is starting to slow down.  From the week of September 3rd (when we had warmer weather) the whites from all around us and the reds from St. Helena north were coming in as about as fast as they could get picked across [...]

Bressler Cabernet

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

On the 10th of September we picked the last of the Bressler’s grapes, which was their Cabernet Sauvignon.   We also picked the old Niebaum clone of Merlot at Frediani for Selene. Bressler was due to be a night pick.  Normally (the past couple of years) they start that at 2 or 3 in the [...]

Sharing Sauvignon Blanc

Friday, September 7th, 2007

It’s the last day of picking Sauvignon Blanc.  This last block is the old original planting that Larry had, on its own roots, planted in the late 1970’s. It’s closing in on 30 years old.  It’s a good year for it this year.  Its nice tasty fruit and it came on early.   It’s a block [...]

Night Picking and Smoke Filled Skys

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

Today we picked Bressler Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.  I think I mentioned how the waning crescent moon looked this morning as I was getting in the car. I got to the pick in time at about 6am to catch the very end of it.  They picked at night, probably starting about 4am.  I got [...]

Comments on Early Harvest

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

It’s about 5:30am, and I’m heading off to the Bressler Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot Pick, which is a night pick and I’ll get there at 6:15am or so and they will probably be just finishing up. I wanted to fill you in on yesterday.    We were at Frediani (in Calistoga) picking the Merlot [...]

Bressler Merlot Pick

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

We went off to pick the Bressler Merlot.   It’s a nice morning, but it didn’t cool down as much last night as it did the night before.  It’s probably about 10 degrees warmer than Monday morning.  It is suppose to be cooler today in general but a warmer start. Beautiful sunrise, no real clouds [...]