Today we finished pressing and barreling our 2009 reds, the Block 5 syrah and the Grenache. I am so happy that the grapes are through primary fermentation and are safely into barrels! No more daily punch downs, daily floor washing, no more purple hands. But once again I find myself feeling that today was bittersweet. I am already waxing poetic about the season which is now over. Are we already done with harvest and crush? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were lamenting the spring frost? That we were analyzing budbreak, weather, and irrigation data? Perhaps it was the rainy fall skies that made me pause today.
Tonight we are hosting a vertical, horizontal tasting. With Bill’s brother Mark, we will be sampling the 2006 Syrah and the 2007 Syrah – vertical. As well, we will be comparing our 2009 acorn squash to the 2009 delicata – horizontal. Food or wine, it’s all about the mouthfeel, taste, finish… Yes, fall is my favorite time of year – a rich season in many ways.
– Barbara Steele