So we finished bottling the first batch of French oak barrel-age 2010. The Westover wine group collected their's and we've 24 cases left. Tomorrow we filter the last 85 gallons from the French barrels. Good nose on the new 2011 barrel sample.
That's what's happening next Friday at the opening of the Smuin Christmas Ballet programs in Walnut Creek. Our 2010 Zin will be served to donors and subscribers at a special reception after the performance. It was a about 10 years ago that I first experienced Rosenblum's Allegria Zin at this same reception and began my love of great zins. For several years thereafter they served someone else's wine that bordered on non-drinkable and I thought how great it would be to offer our wine instead and now it's final
After labeling some cases for a Wisconsin wedding, we sampled the last container of 2011 Zin and found it at minus 2 brix, so at last fermentation is complete. Tasting the sample shows that once again we have not made bad wine. Relief. Also got ready for Sunday's bottling of the French Oak barreled 2010. Plus got materials for mounting our new owl box in the zinyard, hopefully we'll have tenants in the spring because I found more gopher mounds amongst the grapes.
Labeled 12 more cases of 2010 today, Don is shipping a bunch to Wisconsin. Looks like 7 cases left of the First Bottling.
2nd bottling will be about 200 cases but it might me different, having matured in French Oak barrels.
More filtering and preserving the wood barrels with sufite and citric acid. Moving things around is like one of those 1-15 puzzles where you have to slide one piece to make room for another. Orders have come in from Wisconsin. "Story" is now complete, check it out.
We just finished filtering 3 barrels of the Estate Zin that has been in French Oak for a year, bottling soon.
We also delivered wine to Contra Costa Wine Company in Brentwood where it will be featured for tasting.