It seems like just yesterday the 2013 vintage was being barreled down and here we are on the brink of the 2014 vintage. Of course some of the sparkling wine producers have already begun bringing in grapes this year (which is the shot over the bow for the rest of us) but it will be a couple weeks before things really kick into high gear.
With grapes close to coming in it is time to shore up everything else that is in barrel to make sure that it can be put to bed as we work through the harvest season. The benefits of a small production mean that I only have to check up on 15 barrels however there is some extra work that needs to be done prior to the start of the next harvest.
For the 2012 Merlot, a racking is going to take place to give the wine a little bit of air before the bottling run. There is also a fun twist with the 2012 that is going to take place but I am going to keep that as my little secret for the next few months (sorry! you’re going to have to wait a bit longer). With the 2012 vintage being warmer and drier than the previous two, the characteristics are taking a bit more time to soften and integrate but it is well on its way to being an awesome Merlot (in my humble opinion). This next release will wait for a couple more months before bottling to soften and integrate all of the flavors and characteristics. I am definitely excited to get this vintage into bottle later this fall!
The 2013 Merlot is also on deck for a little cellar work as it is still very much a baby. The flavors have started to round out but since it is still less than a year old there is still quite a bit of time between now and bottling. I am expecting the barrel aging to still be in the 20-22 month range but we will have to wait and see how the wine does over the next year. The 2013 Merlot also has something special in store but like the 2012 it is going to be my little secret for the time being. 🙂
With a fair amount of time left in barrel for both vintages, keep kicking back and enjoying those current releases!