Things are moving so fast around here. One day we receive grapes the next day its going in for residual sugar checks, (so it seems). All of a sudden it is in barrels and needs malolatic fermentation tests run on it. Suddenly its back in a tank. The barrel room is basically a labyrinth. New walls of barrels are moving back and forth. Rows are created and then taken down. One thing I have learned is that 3 guys on forklifts can move a lot of barrels in a very short amount of time. The wheel is still spinning around although it seems its spinning a little slower. We will see for how long. Tanks are still getting the usual treatment of Rack and returns and pump overs. However, less and less are needed. Next week we are picking what remains on the vines. Well, most of it anyways there are still some grapes out there that can hang out for a little while. That does not mean Harvest is almost over. Maybe the harvest picking part is over but there is still plenty to do around here. To be honest I am not sure how this puzzle is going to fit together. Let me explain, we have red wine going into a warm room for malolatic fermentation or what is known as secondary fermentation. That room is filling up fast. The Chardonnay are going through primary fermentation rather quickly. Which means they will need to get malolatic bacteria and go into that room soon. When a wine finishes second fermentation it goes back into a tank to get it off all the dead yeasts at the bottom. The barrels are cleaned, then the wine goes right back to barrel and stored for a while. So we will have wine going into barrel that has finished primary fermentation, wine coming out of a barrel going right back after secondary fermentation. And thousands of barrels that will be moving from one room to another then again to another room all in a matter of weeks. Not to mention the Chardonnay going through sur lie aging, which is allowing the wine to sit on the lees for while. I will get into more detail on this later. For now it has been a long long long past few weeks. and its time for me to go home.
Living the dream~Jacob.