The Boneyard

“The Boneyard.” A Fred saying. The old apple-packing facility only has so much room. The fermentors have no business inside after harvest. They get the boot. Back to The Boneyard.

THE BONEYARD. WHERE THE 2011 FERMENTORS COME TO REST

POMMACE TRAIN - THE REMNANTS OF A BUSY DAY OF PRESSING

2010 CAKEBREAD PRESS TRAIN. OK BUT THEY DO OVER 100,000 CASES

BINS STACKED FOR WINTER. A SIGN THAT THE HARVEST IS COMING TO AN END

Time to do some deep scrubbing…

CELLAR FLOOR BEFORE DEEP CLEANING SCRUB

CLEAN FOR YOUR NOVEMBER OPEN HOUSE VISIT

The barrels get all the attention now. UPS, FEDEX, GSO are also welcome (holiday orders, the library, silly).

LIBRARY ORDERS. HALLBERG PINOT NOIR GOING FAST. ROSÉ SOLD OUT. UPS SCOLDED FRED FOR TOO MANY PACKAGES TODAY

FLUSHED OUT LIKE A FLOCK OF GEESE, HEADING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

and time to update the ‘ol resume (read my 2010 post harvest resume “draft”).

FRED WALKED KERRY AND I THROUGH ALL OF OUR WORK-THE 2011 WINES IN BARREL!

You pick grapes. You spend countless hours sorting them, especially in a challenging vintage (2011). You coddle and nurture them in the fermentors, letting them settle, inoculate, feed.  Cap temps, punch-downs. You sniff, swirl and taste daily.  You dream about your options. Did you forget something? You want to hit snooze at 4:30 AM,  you want to get up at 3:00 AM. You know you only have this one chance for the whole year to get it right.  You are the intern. The winemaker is already in the cellar. You are grateful for your fellow intern – she’s a worker.

You drink a lot of coffee. You wake up before sunrise. You can’t wait to do it all again. Teamwork in motion. Beautiful Day. I love the life.

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4 Responses to The Boneyard

  1. Joyce says:

    Agreed! – “You know you only have this one chance for the whole year to get it right” – it’s a great reminder on so much that we do and say in life – we only get one chance to make it right. I’m looking forward to tasting the rewards of everyone’s hard work! Thank you!

  2. Kevin says:

    Awesome, Andy!

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