I now have some Cabernet Sauvignon from Double Canyon, that I acquired from Rob Entrekin of Finn Hill Winery last Saturday (the 23rd) and some Petite Verdot that our class picked from Red Haven Vineyard on Red Mountain the next day on the 24th.
The Sangiovese is still cooking along and is now at 6 Brix. The Cabernet Sauvignon. however, is almost dry at 0.5 Brix! Unbelievable! The Petite Verdot is now at 17.5 Brix with color that is stunningly dark! I can see how it could be used to color up lighter colored wines.
Needless to say, my laundry room smells like a winery now! Not bad. Next week we will be learning how to culture MLF bacteria in class, just in time to inoculate my own wine. Now to find a press.
Here’s a video of our class field trip to Wyckoff Vineyard to pick about 3 tons Chardonnay and Red Haven Vineyard on Red Mountain to pick about 1 ton of Petite Verdot.
I have some of that Petite Verdot at my house fermenting away as I type!
Day 2: Added SO2 around 1pm.
Day 3. Added yeast nutrients and Red Star yeast-Pasteur Red apx. 1230p.m. Don’t have brix reading yet, I will have to take some berries to class tonight and use a refractometer. Staring to smell good! Tomorrow will have to get some wood chips and more carboys!
This week, while wine maker Brad Sherman is out of town, Ella-a classmate of mine and myself will be watching over his must, taking brix readings, doing pumpovers and adding any needed additives. We will also be helping out with crush with Scott of Convergence Zone Cellars.
This week we crush botrysized Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. Plus, we press the Merlot from last week!
We crushed Merlot from Red Haven vineyard and Roussanne from Alder ridge vineyard, September 30th. 2010.
For my birthday last Saturday, a bunch of us “Underground Winos” hit a few wineries in South Seattle and the highlight for me was Laurelhurst Cellars. Greg Smallwood, owner/vintner lead us through his 08′ Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and 06 Red Mt. Syrah and Laurus Nobilis. We also were treated to a barrel sample of his 09′ Petite Syrah, not something you see much of in Washington state. It’s tasting pretty good right now, but I imagine when he bottles and releases it, it will be fantastic! All of them are outstanding but clearly amongst the “Winos”, the favorite of the day was the 08′ Cabernet Franc! Crafted from Boushey, Kiona and Burgress Vineyard grapes. For a wine that has been aged in 80% new French oak it did not come off as “too oaky”, I would say the oak, alcohol and fruit flavors are nicely balanced. Definitely a great representative of the varietal! There was only 89 cases produced so better get some soon!5608 7th Ave. S. Seattle, WA. 98108 Phone: 206-992-2875
First up was the 2008 Sauvignon Blanc: On the nose it had this nutty, caramel, and tropical fruitness to it with just a bit of grassiness. The palate was toasty, nutty with tropical notes again. I could of swore it was oaked but apparently it wasn’t, the fruit just came from a warmer climate. $14.
Next we tried the 2007 Orsa: %69 Syrah, %13 Grenach and 18% Mourvedre. It had aromas of dark berry, cassis, apple fruit roll ups and game! The flavors consisted of loads of berry flavor, especially blue berry.
Lastly we had the 2007 Reciprocity: %50 Cabernet, 50% Carmenere. On the nose I got espresso, dark berry, slate, plum and just a touch of wet wool. The flavors again had espresso and dark berries, deep toast and jalapeno. This was big and in your face and I would most definitely hang on to this beast for a few years!
This Fall, they will release two more blends, the 2007 Cuvee’ Rouge and the 2008 Cuvee’ Blanc, a blend of Viognier and Roussanne.
Their Tasting Room is open every Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 pm. Located in the Old Rainier Brewery Building at 3100 Airport Way South, Seattle, WA 98134
Our latest trip out to the property finds us at zero surving trees! Looks like the heat of summer and lack of water is too much for newly planted trees. So, this fall will will have to rig up some drip lines for the trees that I have all ready accumilated on the side of the house here in Kirkland.
We’ve finally managed to paint the the main color for the garage. Now, all we have to do is the trim and it’s a wrap! It only took us 2 years! Jay also installed light fixtures on the front of the garage, near the door and inside work lights. It’s pretty cool to have lighting at night-so civilized!
Friday night we saw a “smoke plume” from probably the wild fires in Stehekin. It sas quite spectacular and we got some good pictures and video of it! That night, we could see lightening stikes light up the dark from south of us some where. Never made it up to us though! The next day (Saturday) another storm moved up the valley and that was interested to watch. Got lots of video of thunder, but was never able to get any lightening stikies! Doh!
Saturday night we decided to take a break and drive into Chelan and do some wine tasting and stopped by Vin du Lac Winery, always a favorite! They do a great Viognier, but this time we got to try their 08′ Chardonnay. I love it! Kinda old school, meaning that they oak it and run it through M.F.L. so there is just a hint of butter ! It’s hard to find a chard likes this, as the trend is steel tank fermenting and no M.L.F. But sometimes I still yearn for this style! Can’t wait to roast a chicken and to go with it!
Next trip? Hopefully late August as Fall Quarter starts Sep. 1st and schedule get’s crazy for a while.