Gearing up for bottling

March 13, 2012




Next week we are going to have our Spring bottling run. We will be bottling our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, our 2010 Monte Rosso Zinfandel, and our 2010 Petite Sirah.

Outside of the day of harvest, bottling is probably the single most critical day in the life of a wine. No matter how much effort you put in to making the wines, it can all end up being for nothing if they are not put down to bottle properly. You only get one chance, and you have to get it right.

Right now we are consolidating our bottling supplies. Over the last few weeks we have been receiving things like corks and capsules. Yesterday, we received our glass.

The glass is the bulkiest of our bottling supplies. The road leading to the winery is very narrow, so we had to have this delivery split into two trailers that we guided separately up the hill. Storing the glass inside the winery prior to bottling is always a little tricky, because once we start bottling we will have to be able to reach the glass to bring it out to the bottling line, but still have enough room to bring the finished pallets of bottled wine back inside to age.

The other thing we’re taking care of right now is to get the blends out of barrel and into their final bottling tanks.

We pumped out the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon blend a couple of months ago to open up some seasoned barrels for the 2011. During that time we kept it in topped up containers, but now that bottling is approaching we will blend it into two of our stainless steel tanks.

Bottling takes a lot of work to do it right. Be sure to check back to see how our preparations are going!

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