Saturday, October 31, 2009

Brief Fall Hiatus

Happy Halloween! We'll be taking a brief hiatus here (not quite hibernating for winter yet) - while harvest is over, all of the work certainly is not. Look for blog posts to return soon.

The C&B team

Thursday, October 8, 2009

October Update - Crush 2009

Our Sauvignon Blanc just finished fermentation:

Enologist Mauricio brought by a sample for us to taste. The two components, the grapefruity, lower Brix lot and the warmer, honey-ed lot, have integrated into a lovely seamless whole. Grower Maile Field wasn't kidding when she told us early in the season that the flavenoids were there and that 2009 might be the best Dancing Crow Vineyard vintage yet.

We'll be racking it off the lees today, and it will go back into the tank until early January, when we'll bottle the wine.

It's cold here. Warehouse temps feel much different in October than in July. The leaves on the trees are changing ... as are the leaves on the Pinot Noir grapevines.

Only a few left-behind grape clusters remain.

The last grapes we will get in are Cabernet Sauvignon: from Mulhner Vineyard in Chiles Valley and several other Napa Valley vineyards.