…As The Sun Sets Slowly In The West

ACTUALLY. SUNRISE OVER RITCHIE VINEYARD, EASTSIDE ROAD ON MY LAST FULL DAY

Two fermenting tanks left in the cellar. The call was made to press the CSS1 Tank.

1ST WE DRAIN THE FREE RUN JUICE FROM CSS1 INTO A FRESH TANK. IF IT FLOWS, IT GOES

FRED AND I SHOVELED THE REMAINING FERMENTED BERRIES INTO A BIN TO BE DUMPED INTO THE PRESS

CSS1 TANK EMPTY. OFF TO THE BONEYARD OR A SIMILAR FATE

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!

LAST OF THE CSS1 INTO THE PRESS

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.

THE LONELY GUY. CSS2. THE LAST FERMENTOR IN THE CELLAR

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.

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