A week and a half ago it was once again time to jump into the cellar and get some dirty work done!
Its been five months since the 2013 harvest kicked off and the Merlot that came out if it has begun to take shape. Over the last couple months the wine has started to taste less like weird grape juice and more like something that you would want to come out of a bottle. Needless to say the 2013 Merlot still has a ways to ago (about 16 or so months) but it is always fun when you get to experience the major shifts that occur. After the fermentation and pressing, a wine is totally rough around the edges. Once a couple months pass you can really start to taste the “light at the end of the tunnel.” As always I am excited to see how it evolves over the next few months!
With the 2013 Merlot now aging away and four full years into this little wine project I decided to bring something new to the table. As many of you know I’ve been on the hunt for a white wine to add to the line up; I am happy to announce (in case you missed the Facebook post on Tuesday) that there is a super-dry Riesling that is on its way! The bottling date has been set for May so you can expect it to be released in late June or early July to give it some time to work through the bottle shock phase.
Last, but certainly not least, the 2012 Merlot is tasting awesome. We did a quick quality control tasting of each of the barrels and it is looking like we are on track for bottling this September. The only caveat, if there is one to be had, is that this vintage is going to need some extra time in bottle before release. After two pretty quick releases with the prior vintages I am expected to age the 2012 Merlot in bottle for at least 5-6 months to let it mellow. There might be one more racking in April if needed but right now is a good time to sit back and let the wine do its thing.
It is always a blast checking in on the “kids!” To be continued…