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Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Making Mourvèdre—Day 24

Posted: December 5, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring November 22: Fermentation slowed way down the past few days, and the caps in the fermenters started to weaken. I haven’t really been doing punch-downs as much as just getting the cap wet.

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Making Mourvèdre—Day 12

Posted: November 26, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring November 10: Fermentation is in full swing. The CO2 generated by the yeast lifts the skins to the surface to form what’s called the cap. All the fermenters have good, solid caps right now, so we know that the yeast are doing their job.

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Tuscan Vineyards Need Watching Year-Round

Posted: November 24, 2008  By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer

Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer Once harvest is completed, you might think that the work in the vineyards comes to a standstill. The grapes are all in the cellar, and we can't start pruning the vines after they have lost all their leaves and after their sap has retreated back into the roots and they go into "hibernation.

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Making Mourvèdre—Day 8

Posted: November 21, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring November 6: When I lifted the lids of the fermentors this morning, I noticed a couple telltale signs that the must was starting to ferment. There were bubbles forming around the edges of the fermentor, and it smelled like it was starting.

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

A Piedmontese Grape in California?

Posted: November 20, 2008  By Adam Lee

Posted by Adam Lee Let’s talk about California Nebbiolo. Yes, I really mean it, California Nebbiolo. Nebbiolo in California certainly isn’t a burning topic of conversation on anybody’s mind. A search of WineSpectator.

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Late Harvest Pays Off in the Côte-Rôtie

Posted: November 19, 2008  By Stéphane Ogier

Posted by Stéphane Ogier I can see now that to be a good journalist or wine writer, it is probably better not to be a winemaker at the same time. Well, especially not during harvest! So a month after my first blog contribution, let me tell you a bit on what is going on in the Côte-Rôtie.

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Making Mourvèdre—Day 7

Posted: November 18, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring November 5: The must has now been cold soaking for five days, and we've been regularly taking Brix and pH readings and making water and/or acid additions as necessary to the fermenters.

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Making Mourvèdre—Day 4 Continued

Posted: November 13, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring November 2 (continued) : Since we had to allow the Mourvèdre to hang on the vine so long in order to get the fruit ripe, we ended up with higher sugar levels and lower acid levels than we'd optimally like.

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Barrels Are Expensive—Why Do We Use Them?

Posted: November 13, 2008  By Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer

Posted by Barbara Kronenberg-Widmer The alcoholic fermentations are done, both at Brancaia in Chianti Classico and in the Maremma, so our principal task and decision-making process during the next 12 to 20 months involves when, for how long and in what kind of oak we barrel all the different young wines.

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Making Mourvèdre—Day 4

Posted: November 11, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring November 2: We didn’t touch the fermenters on Saturday because we don’t take any Brix or pH readings until the must has been allowed to soak for two days. We know that the juice will always extract more sugar and acid from the skins than what we would see right out of the crusher, so there’s no need to fool ourselves by taking measurements early.

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The Importance of Blending in 2008

Posted: November 11, 2008  By Adam Lee

Posted by Adam Lee As I have mentioned is some of my earlier blogs , I believe 2008 will be a vintage where blending will play a major part in determining the overall quality of the wines. Dianna and I briefly tasted through a selection of our 2008 California Pinots at the end of this past week, and I am convinced, now more than ever, that blending decisions will be paramount.

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Wrapping Up 2008 in Burgundy

Posted: November 10, 2008  By Jeremy Seysses

Posted by Jeremy Seysses Much to my horror, my recent trip to the United States and Canada revealed to me that some people have actually been reading this blog. While it was not a shock that people visit WineSpectator.

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Making Mourvèdre—Day 2

Posted: November 5, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring October 31: We picked the Mourvèdre yesterday, just a few hours ahead of a rainstorm in the Paso Robles area. We’d originally scheduled the pick for today, but once we saw the forecast change, we moved the pick up one day.

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Making Mourvèdre – Day 1

Posted: November 3, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring I’d originally hoped to videotape a lot of the Pinot Noir harvest this year. Unfortunately, I underestimated how much work that would entail. But now that we’re just about done processing the Pinot Noir, I find myself with enough time to document the Mourvèdre harvest.

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An Update on Our Second Label, Plus an Oregon Pinot Teaser

Posted: November 3, 2008  By Tim Perr

Posted by Tim Perr In prior blog posts, I mentioned that with the 2008 vintage, we are introducing our second (yet-to-be-named) label. This label will focus on $15 table wines; we're bottling several varietals sourced from Central Coast vineyards.

News & Features  :  Winemaker Talk

Winemaker Talk: Andy Erickson

The new winemaker at Napa's Screaming Eagle is challenged with maintaining the cult Cabernet's excellence while making outstanding wine at Favia, Ovid and more

Posted: October 30, 2008  By Tina Benitez

Blogs  :  2008 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Harvest Is Over, But the Work Has Just Begun

Posted: October 28, 2008  By Adam Lee

Posted by Adam Lee The 2008 harvest officially ended for us this past weekend. We brought in the last of our fruit—Syrah from the Garys’ and Rosella’s Vineyards. And just to prove that harvest was truly over, I shaved my harvest beard.

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A Tale of Two Vintages

Posted: October 27, 2008  By Josh Bergström

Posted by Josh Bergström What started out as a potentially very scary vintage in Oregon has turned out to be very anticlimactic … and that is a very good thing, I think. Compared to 2007, I find myself walking through vineyards this year and just pushing the harvest date off by one more day … or even two or three.

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Mourvèdre Madness

Posted: October 23, 2008  By Brian Loring

Posted by Brian Loring As I mentioned in my last post , we’re trying our hand at making a Cabernet/Mourvèdre blend this year. Given the craziness of the 2008 harvest, it shouldn’t be surprising that we’ve run into problems with our Mourvèdre.

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Snow Can Make or Break a Harvest in the Finger Lakes

Posted: October 22, 2008  By David Whiting

Posted by David Whiting Well, harvest is wrapping up in the Finger Lakes. It's still very busy, and there are more grapes to be harvested, but I notice that I am occasionally leaving the winery at a reasonable hour, which means that the finale is in sight.

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