Two fermenting tanks left in the cellar. The call was made to press the CSS1 Tank.
My last full day of Harvest 2011! Drain & Press the Cabernet Sauvignon from Scherrer Vineyard in Alexander Valley. At the risk of being redundant, Fred and I both mentioned how aromatic the tank was. The trial blends afterwards confirmed our suspicions – this is going to be a special year for Scherrer Cabernets!
After a day of long slow low pressure pressing, Fred centrifuges down the wine from the press pan and then does a proportional blending trial with the free run from the fresh tank. If he likes what he’s tasting, we send the wine from the press to join the free run.
Today we will do the same to “The Lonely Guy” and then, later in the afternoon, I’ll fly to Oregon to be with the family for the Holidays. A bittersweet time for me. I look forward to spending time off in Willamette Valley wine country with Mom and the family, but I always get the post-harvest blues. Harvest is the ultimate rush for me.
Check back soon. I’ll have plenty of time to update the Project: Wine! post.