Now that I'm off for a bit, I'm able to participate in some of the fun activities here at the winery. We blind-tasted through all the '06 Syrahs--lots of chewy tannins this year. In the first flight, we tasted the free run and then in the second flight, we tasted the pressed wine. Wow. What a difference. Even with my residual flu hanging around to make the tasting difficult, I could see that this year's Syrah is right where we want it to be. We picked a little ripe in '04 and got overly cautious in '05. This pick was dead on. Learning as we go.
I've been spending time in the vineyards, learning how to prune my vines. It's very relaxing and not nearly as complicated as I'd thought. My winemaker and mentor, Eric Glomski, mentioned that many California winemakers have no idea how to prune and some rarely set foot in a vineyard. That blows my mind. How can you expect to make a great wine having never touched the vines? Yikes.
(Check the journal section of www.caduceus.org for photos of my tasting and pruning adventures.)
On the business side of things, I'm happy to report that the 2005 Merkin Vineyards Chupacabra is sold out. So at the moment, I have no wine to sell. But we're expecting our bottles to come in shortly, and plan to bottle the 2005 Primer Paso (Syrah with a dash of Malvasia and Muscat) and the 2005 Nagual de la NAGA (Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese) in March. Most likely I'll be releasing the '05 Primer Paso in mid-April.
On my last blog post, some of you commented on other Arizona wines you've tried. If you're interested in wines from this region, do yourself a favor and pick up a few of Eric's wines from Page Springs Cellars. (He recently launched his online wine shopping cart at www.pagespringscellars.com.) Excellent juice. My personal favorites are the La Familia (a blend of Petite Syrah, Syrah and a dash of Cabernet Pfeffer and Arizona Viognier), the El Serrano (a blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cabernet Pfeffer) and the Cabernet Pfeffer.
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