Topping and tiny berries

January 20, 2012

It’s been raining on and off pretty much all day today, so we went ahead and started topping. This will be the first round of topping for our 2011 Cabs, so it is likely to take a little bit more wine than usual to top these barrels, since new oak always soaks up a little bit of wine after filling. This is the time of year that topping is the most work, because we have put our 2011 wines down to barrel, but have not yet pumped out all of the wines we will bottle in March.

Each keg here more or less represents a separate lot of wine, so as you can see, topping is an involved process right now.

Another interesting development we noticed today on the grounds; you may recall earlier this month when we pointed out that the manzanitas had started to flower, well today we noticed that the plants have begun to set little berries.

Unfortunately this means we won't have the little pink and white flowers to look at for much longer, but the tiny, apple shaped manzanita fruit are attractive as well.

Join us again next week to see what we’re up to!

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