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MORNING SUN, HELFER CHARDONNAY

THIS IS NOT THE FAMOUS HELFER NETTING.

A GOOD LOOK AT THE NETTING. HELFER IS BORDERED BY TREES FULL OF BIRDS WHO LOVE CHARDONNAY

THE SILVERADO CREW. MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN THE PINOT PICKERS FROM SEPT 22

Sunday we brought in the 1 acre of Helfer Vineyard Chardonnay (about 34 rows). Kistler, Dijon 76 & 96 clones. Don & I picked the Pinot ourselves a few weeks back. Remember, this vineyard on Vine Hill Road is just a few miles from Scherrer Winery.

BEAUTIFUL KISTLER CLONE CHARDONNAY

Don and his wife do most of the vineyard work themselves. He mentioned that June and July are hectic back-breaking times in the neat closely-spaced rows. They work on Single Shoot Positioning, Trellising and managing those pesky tendrils.

Did I mention last time that Burt Williams and Ed Selyem (Williams Selyem) used to buy Don’s Pinot?

HELFER CH PRESS LOADED

INSIDE VIEW OF PRESS. THE BLACK BLADDER INFLATES, SQUEEZING GRAPES AGAINST PREFORATED WALLS, JUICE FLOWS OUT

LEFT RED KNOB FILLS THE PRESS BLADDER AND SQUEEZES THE GRAPES.

The basics:  Red knob fills bladder inside of press squeezing the grapes. Green knob releases air. Spin press to move grapes around. Repeat multiple times (20 or so), increasing pressure slightly until Fred decides by taste when to stop.

OUR CHARDONNAY HARVEST IS IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR!

Of course we still have work to do on the Chardonnay but we got all of our white fruit in before this week’s big rains (it is raining this morning, Wednesday Oct 5, as I write).

ps – the Scherrer Vineyard Chardonnay went wild! Wild yeast fermentation, that is. Fred let me taste some of it from the hogshead yesterday. Delicious!

Seriously. We have some good things going on in the cellar for 2011 Scherrer Winery.

THE AUTHOR EFFORTING AS A PRESS OPERATOR

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