We picked the Grenache Gris this morning – 4,700 pounds worth. I think the quality of the fruit is the highest it has ever been. The morning started slowly – I made my coffee at 4:30AM with hand ground beans from Isabel (the name sake of the rosé). I didn’t think it was strong – turns out she only grinds decaf.
We got at the vineyard around 7:20 and started immediately. The crew quickly picked/filled all 160 of our bins. In my sorting, the first of two for this wine, I only found two clusters with rot. Very usual for these vines which were planted long before I was born.
By 8:30, we were back on the road headed for Berkeley. The grapes are cooling off – going to 8 degrees (Celsius) getting ready to be sorted a second time.
Tomorrow morning, Fenaughty Syrah and our first use of the four ton fermentor.