|Sunday July 16, 2006
We have finished bottling. It has been a big job and we are tired, but we are proud with what we have in the bottle. In the last two days we have bottled the 2005 Estate Zinfandel and the 2005 Estate Cuvee. At this stage I prefer the Estate Cuvee. The Estate Zinfandel needs some time to develop it's complexity. Remember I am more interested in blending for balance. This year I prefer the blended wines those being the Block 4, Petite Sirah, the Terre Melange, the My Zin, the Escuro and the Price Zin, not necessarily in that order. Even though I bottled the Estate Cuvee yesterday I also think for my tastes it is the best Estate Cuvee I have produced in years. Now to mention the 100% varietals: the Pinot Noir and the Sangiovese have great promise along with the Carignan. The Aca Modot Bordeaux blend and Cabernet need much more time and could develop into the most complex wines. Did I forget to mention the Barbera? Yes, I am not a fan of Barbera, but we have no trouble selling the wine to those of you who enjoy it with food. This year I believe it is the best I have produced. I am trying to evaluate these wines just a day after bottling so give me a chance to change my mind in the next month or so. Tomorrow we blend again our Zp2c and we will bottle it on August 16th just before our open house on August 19th and 20th which will announcing our 2005 wines. We will have food and all our 2005s open to taste and maybe a few Library wines so if you are in the area, don't miss it.
Tuesday July 18, 2006
Some of you have probably noticed we are having another heat spell. Yesterday we had a high of 108 and a low of 58. That was the second day well over 100 degrees and we expect more today. I took a long walk in the vineyard yesterday and there was very little burning of the berries. Everything looks fine. We saw the first signs of verasion (color) so I predict we are about a week behind normal. Last year we were two weeks behind, but still started harvesting in the first week in September which is right on time.
Friday Pat and I take off for our trip to Chicago. Here is the itinerary:
Thursday August 10, 2006
Pat and I our Back!! We enjoyed this trip as much as our last trip across the United States two years ago. The United States is a vast incredible place. I may do this thing again. But I do have interest in seeking the adventure of other lands. I will go into more detail in the days to come.
Within ten minutes of arriving home at 1:00pm yesterday, I had to take a walk out into the vineyard to find Catarino. I needed to find out how close we are to harvesting.
Now, I need to digress for a time: I am reading a great book right now. Actually I may not finish it, since I read very little when I am home. The book is titled "Angels' Visits". I know one of my customers gave me the book. I also know some of you have heard of it when it came out in paperback in 1992. Some of us were into Zinfandel already at that time and this book was very popular with some of us. The book starts off with information on everything related to Zinfandel going back to the 1800s. It focusses on the Harvest of 1987. From what I was reading the Harvest of 1987 sounds similar to 2006. That got my attention. Many of the pioneers making Zinfandel at that time are mentioned with great information about harvesting the 1987 vintage.
The book had tweaked my interest about this impending Harvest. I walked out in the vineyard. I felt guilty since Susie and Pat had to empty the new BMW we bought, long story. As I walked through the old vines I was really happy. And then I saw the new Petite Sirah and Syrah. They were burned at some places. Then I found Catarino down by his beautiful garden, I hope to get some vegitables...actually now I remember, we tried some peppers last night. I roamed around the vineyard some 45 minutes. I have been in some really hot weather lately, but this was hot. Yesterday we were up to 104.
Most of you have heard. We just had the hottest July on record. As a matter of fact the Nation might of had the highest few weeks on record. I have been in humidity in 1968 in the ARMY, that was NO FUN!!! ...................... This heat spell was unique. There was little humidity. That is why the temperatures could get so hot. The West knows all about the affect of LOW humidity. With out vapor in the air, the heat can rise to higher temperatures. All the highest temperatures recorded in the world occur in low humidity. Remember Las Vegas and Phoenix?
When we left here on July 21, we had already had two heat spells. Then the day after we left it got up to 113 degrees here. That is one of the highest we have recorded here. At temperatures that high there is always some burning, but the old vines look great and I am hoping for good quality. Time will tell, but it looks like Harvest will start about the 10th of September within a few days of normal.
Next Tuesday we will bottle our 2005 ZP2C.
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