Monday, September 20, 2010

No Ripe Grapes

Unfortunately California has had a very cold summer so the grapes are not ripening like they should. As a result we will not be getting in any more grapes for a few days - hopefully at least by the end of the week. Til then it is more cleaning - FUN! On the upside we did do punch downs on the tank of grapes we had from Friday. See the right pic - that is Luis punching down the cap to keep it covered in juices. This allows more extraction of color, tannins and flavors. We punch down twice a day. The grapes are finishing up their cold soak and this tank should be ready for an inoculation of yeast to start the fermentation process tomorrow.

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