Fermentations

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 […]

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Haiku

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, […]

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Sampling

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 […]

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Hyde Musque

Here we are, it’s late Tuesday afternoon, and we have all the Block One Sauvignon Blanc down to barrels for fermenting. I went to the winery today to look at them, and they smell really good. The batch that went down to barrels on Saturday is in the high 21 brix area, and the Block […]

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