Itâ€™s the last day of picking for Selene. We will be picking the Stagecoach Cabernet Sauvignon from Block C-1. It looks as if itâ€™s good timing, since we have some rain coming in, just slight showers. The weather has definitely cooled down a little bit, nights are getting cold, and the days are getting shorter, so itâ€™s time to go.
I have a couple of clients that still have some fruit out, Fisher Vineyards and Palmaz Winery. Things are coming along nicely, in terms of what is going on in the vineyards.
Seleneâ€™s Blue Oak Cab is in tank, and was just dry yesterday. We will put that on for extended maceration. We just pressed off the Frediani Cab Franc, after a nice 3 plus week maceration. It will go to barrels later this week. Frediani Merlot is already in barrels. The Sauvignon Blanc is all finished. We have everything from stuff that tastes like wine to reds that need to go through malolactic, reds that are just pressed, reds that are in extended maceration, and soon to be fermenting cab that we are picking and crushing today.
Iâ€™m very happy so far with what Iâ€™ve seen. Especially the stuff that came in earlier, the Frediani and the Sauvignon Blanc looks really good. We still have some judgements to be made on the Blue Oak and the Stagecoach Cabs, but I like what I see so far.
Bresslerâ€™s Cabernet is doing well, itâ€™s just about dry in tank, so we are slowing down the pump-overs and getting ready for maceration. Their Cab Franc and Petit Verdot blends were pressed last week and went to barrels. They also have Merlot in barrels. They are looking at a nice harvest as well. They are just finishing the fermentation on the Cab, and will have a little bit of maceration on that one.
Dalla Valle has been finished picking for more than a week now, almost two weeks. We are just getting things pressed off, and letting stuff macerate that is going to macerate. Itâ€™s looking really good up there, high batting average for sure.
Itâ€™s 5:30 in the morning, and Iâ€™m heading out to the pick. Iâ€™m pretty happy and pretty worn out.