As the picking part of harvest is done we always take some time to reflect on the growing season. With late rains into June and early storms in October this was one of our most challenging years in the vineyard. We were only able to harvest 3 out of our 5 varietals as our Windsor Oaks Sangiovese and Los Chamazal Merlot never ripened. This left us with Sauvignon Musque, (A Sauvignon Blanc clone), Grenache and Petit Sirah. The Sauvignon Musque was picked right at the right levels, with strong grapefruit aromas throughout fermentation. It crisped up well fermenting in a chilled steel tank.
We harvested the Petit Sirah next.
The brixs were lower than we usual like, but we’re excited to make a
lower alcohol red wine this year. The Petit Sirah is sill very
strong flavored with deep fruit aromas. It’s currently going through
malolactic fermentation. This was our largest lot of fruit this
year. We have 8 barrels which equates to 200 cases of wine.
The last varietal is the Grenache which looks, tastes and smells amazing. It was some of the best looking fruit we saw this year on any vineyard. Kick Ranch does a great job of protecting their vines and pays very close attention to what’s going on. We harvested the fruit at 24.5 brix, in early October. It fermented smoothly and is in barrel going through malolactic fermentation. It’s going to be a light fruit filled wine with alcohol in the mid 14’s.
This year we were on top of our winemaking. We helped out at every pick, punched down every bin and made sure to do additions at the perfect time. All or our fermentation were smooth and smelled like bubbling grape smoothies. All of our wines are made while having fun (in a serious kind of way), we make sure to take our time and do it right. Our red wines from this year won’t be ready to drink till 2013, but we’ll be sipping on the Sauvignon Musque next Spring. Thank you to all our people who came up for a harvest visit this year. We love to have company and enjoy sharing our lifestyle of winemaking with everyone.
Enjoy your Idle Moment.