11, September 2014
A rare and verbose journal like posting
We are sliding down the back side and how good it feels! Today Jared and I both had fun with new projects. Jared with his Napa Cab for his new label and me with Pinot Gris (as I type sitting on the skins in our new Nomblot concrete tank). We had our biggest day yet (and ever?!). A great big THANK YOU to the marvelous Angie Chang (@) for powering through a monster day: We pressed off Pinot from Broken Leg and Gianoli vineyards. We also pressed (in the DG original basket press) Syrah from the Lightner vineyard and Cinsault from Fenaughty Vineyard. All that was by about 11a. We then moved into crushing 3.2tons of Pinot Gris from the Anderson Valley for my new project (very excited!). Somewhere about 2.2 tons in we broke for lunch: Indus Village with our fall lineup. When not cleaning, sorting or pitching Angie is busy at the fabulous Sonoma Wine Bar in Houston. I will join her October 23 Immediately followed by crushing Grenache Blanc to puncheon, Marssanne and a 3rd with about half each. All Fenaughty Vineyard. About then Lulu MaCallister arrived to taste and check out he new vintage, her pictures are far better than mine! Following that we sorted the remaining about 1.5tons of Fenaughty Vineyard Grenache Blanc and Marsanne into our most fabulous new press and hit the start button. We then immediately and with surprising speed given the hour which was somewhere past 4:30 began crushing 2.4 tons of Counoise from the Fenaughty Vineyard. We had a round robbin game of puncheons as we first sprinkled whole cluster Counoise into the bottom of each before topping it with out 65-70% destemmed fruit. During this time Jared ran to pick up Isabel who at this point is ready to file papers. Not long after they went to pick up Lily who is in preschool conveniently located less than a block from the winery. With both kids back Jared and I proceed to unload a truck of 4.5tons of Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah picked today. At one point I move the 28′ flat bed to the street to make room for the next truck delivery of 3 tons of Fenaughty Vineyard Grenache. I look over to find Lily having climbed the perimeter fence that is easily 8 feet tall. She is near enough the top that I fear she might climb (or fall) over onto the 5th Street side. My neighbors walk by gawking at my filthy 3 year old scaling the fence as I climb out of the cab. Speaking of cab, about now Jared crushes his new project, if memory serves 12 hours after arrival this morning. I finally pack up the girls to head home for the evening as I see Morgan heading to the days last project: pressing Vermentino that has been soaking on skins since 9/4.
Tomorrow I hope to leave by 5:30 to check on the Carignane at Testa I plan to pick Monday and then over mountain via 253 to check in on Perli Vineyard Syrah. The pictures below are from last week so who knows what I’ll see tomorrow!
While gone Jared will lead the crush of Fenaughty Syrah and Grenache, barrel down the whites pressed today and very likely rack Lily’s Cuvee (bubbles) from reefer to tank which means bottling Lily’s is less than 3 weeks away!
Harvest Storm 2014. It is a ball buster!