Sheldon Haynie
October 27, 2012 | Sheldon Haynie

Just when you thought it was winding down

We pressed off the Martini clone Pinot Noir yesterday, yielding 6 barrels from 2 generous tons of Thomson vineyards fruit. This wine came out of the press smooth and pleasing, it will be interesting to follow it through its aging over the next 18 months or so.


With the help of our intern Jim, we were able to also press off 4 barrels of Cabernet from the Soli Deo Gloria vineyard in West Gilroy. This hillside vineyard has been in our care for a year now, and it is responding nicely, with double the yield compared to last year due to better irrigation and establishing a cover crop to boost nutrients. The wine is a bit spicy coming off the press, and its going to need to have some oak to smooth its exuberance and polish it for release in 2014. 

Today we are picking the Behlmer vineyard Colombard, and if time permits Zinfandel. Something about having a winery and friends who own vineyards, who offer "you are welcome to whats left out there". Our growers the Mazotti family of San Martin, who were some of our earliest supporters and whose generousity last year under similar circumstances lead to the many tons of Merlot and Cabernet have Zinfandel that we will hope to harvest as well. 

While that is going on Jane will be pressing the Soli Deo Gloria Petit Syrah and preparing for the Colombard press as well. Unless some one else shows up with an offer we can't refuse, we will finally be done with harvest. 


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