October 16, 2012
We know we’re almost done with grapes for the year when the Petite Sirah shows up from Monte Rosso Vineyards!
Petite Sirah clusters have a very distinctive look.
This tight formation can make Petite Sirah vulnerable to Fall rains, if water gets inside the cluster it can promote the growth of rot. This threat is compounded by the fact that Petite Sirah is relatively late-ripening, meaning that we have to chance leaving it out in the vineyard longer. Fortunately the weather has held back and allowed us to bring this fruit in in pristine condition.
We picked first thing in the morning, so the fruit was ice-cold when we processed it. As a result, it took a few days for the yeast to take hold and start fermenting, but now we are finally seeing a solid cap form in the fermentors. The fruit tasted fantastic, and the fermentations smell divine. All of our wines this year are turning out delicious, but we have especially high hopes for this one.
Be sure to check back soon to see what we’re up to!
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