Current Status of our 2015 Vintage…
We have been more than fortunate this wine making season. We received our full allotment of fruit from our grower in Suisun Valley, Ca, despite grape shortages due to the west coast drought. Thank you Ron and Frank. And, we are smack dab on target with our wine making progression due to, been-there-done-that planning, COOP member assistance, and great fall weather. I will be doing our last racking this Friday and Saturday. For each wine separately, the gravity clarified wine in our many stainless fermenters will be pumped into one 1600 gallon food-grade vessel for final blending. Tomorrow, Thursday, I will spend a chemistry day, testing sulfite levels, pH, total acid balance, and of course lil’-ole- winemaker tasting trials. If necessary, I will make minor adjustments prior to blending. The wine only remains in the blending vessel for about one hour before being transferred to individual 300 gallon Flextanks and oak barrels for its long winter, spring and summer nap.
Our 2014 reds are all bottled. As an FYI, prior to bottling these wines, I blended the contents of a new 59 gallon American oak barrel with each 300 gallon Flextank containing new French oak. Seasoned First Crush veterans know that our Flextank process allows us to introduce a new barrel oak influence yearly. This is an example of wine making technology at work for us.
Our Winter Social…
Mark the date: Saturday January 30, 2016, 4-6pm @ First Crush Winery. Just in case, if you know what I mean… it’s the weekend between the end of football playoffs and the Super Bowl. Cajun Bob is ready to heat up the place. Details to follow, but the usual format persists for couples and moochers.
2014-25 COOP Wine Pickup…
If you refer to my last COOP update, nothing has changed. Same with the update before that and the update before that. To summarize, I have your wine and it’s high time to pick it up! However, if you live off Cape, I’m holding it for you without issue until you visit.
In my last update I mentioned that I bottled our second batch of 30 six liter Fusion. Amazingly, they are half gone already. They are time-consuming to create since they are hand filled, corked, labeled, and caped w/ wax. Great holiday gifts, however, our family seemed to have no problem finishing one off on Thanksgiving. Let me know and I will save one for you or your family.
This update is short and sweet. I will write one more update before the end of this year. As always, thanks for your support, enthusiasm and friendship.