This Week in the Winery
The theme for the week was definitely Pinot Noir. All week we had fruit coming in from Solomon Hills, Riverbench, La Encantada, Bien Nacido Blocks 8 & 43, Melville, and Julia’s Vineyard! And we’re not done yet! Billy is expecting us to get in over 40 tons of Pinot Noir in the coming two weeks.
With all the fruit that has been coming in we’ve been running out of room in our fermenters. On Wednesday and Thursday the crew emptied tanks by draining the free run juice by gravity, then the remaining fruit was gently pressed and put to barrels over the next few days. The barrels were then sent into the barrel room to continue secondary fermentation and aging. This opened up the needed fermenter space for the fruit that came in on Friday and Saturday from Julia’s, Melville, the first half of Bien Nacido Block 43, La Encantada, and Bien Nacido Block 8 (specifically Pinot Clone 2A).
Our hands are full of fermenting Pinot juice and we’re loving it!
Billy also reports that “Syrah is looming on the horizon as well as Bien Nacido Block UU Chardonnay!” So look forward to more Rhone reports in the future!