|Monday July 12, 2010
The fun begins!! We have started bottling today and I will have fun tonight tasting many wines. Pat and I took a trip in the new BMW up to Seattle again to see Susie. The weather was great and we even saw a morning up in Oceanside, Northern Oregon Coast, when the mercury reached 89 at 11am. That day we traveled down the Coast and saw fog and 56 degrees the rest of the way. Since it was our last day we didn't mind. If you want a great restaurant to eat at, try http://www.allorowinebar.com/ in Bandon. The new 2011 535i was fun to drive. If the right driver was behind the wheel this car will take any turn at high speed. Most of the time I played it safe. The most fun I had was passing about 6 cars at 90 miles an hour. This new BMW has plenty of power in an instant.
I will have fun tonight tasting 2007, 2008 and 2009 Terre Melange; the new 2009 Pinot; and 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Estate Zinfandel. I'll probably also open a 2008 Special Bottling Zin. So as you gather we will be bottling about 270 cases of Terre Melange, 368 cases of Zinfandel and 98 cases of 2009 Pinot.
Tuesday July 13, 2010
It was fun last night and will be again tonight. As I stated yesterday I tried three of our newly bottled 2009 wines along with past vintages. I was real surprise by how well the 2009 wines were tasting. As you may know I don't like to describe what I am tasting in flowery prose as some of you are capable of. I just know what I like, but here are a few notes:
The 2009 Pinot has great potential. It is a big Pinot but at this stage
the 2006 PInot was complex and layered and Pat enjoyed it.
Tonight I will be tasting the 2009 Petite Sirah and Estate Cuvee along
with the past vintages of both: 06, 07, and 08.
Friday July 16, 2010
We have finished bottling!!!!! In all it went smoothly. I will try to relate some of my impressions, after tasting all the wines, but the 2009 Block 4 (Tasting Tonight) and the Zp2C to be bottled in August. But first I want to explain why I haven't posted in the last two days. As you can imagine tasting all these wines is an adventure, but even more so because I woke up Wednesday morning with a slightly scratchy throat on the right side and then again Thursday morning the irritation moved to the other side. Believe me this is rare for me but I was confident I would not get a cold, I consume enough alcohol and garlic to kill any virus quickly. Even so the slight irritation which went away yesterday afternoon might of affected my taste buds so I wanted to make sure to have the right impression and thus tasted many of the wines over again last night.
Also I have had little time in the evening to write since Pat and I started a new TV series and have been blown away by how interesting it is. I think I have mentioned we both enjoy "Lost", (we are behind because I wait for the Blu-Ray) and our most recent discovery in the last two years is "Dexter". I love "Mad Men" but Pat is less enthralled. Now for the new one: Have you heard of "Breaking Bad"? It is real cropping. In ways it is a lot like Dexter. There are only 7 episodes in the first season and we have seen 4 already. I heard the last season just got nominated for an Emmy for best drama. I highly recommend the series.
Now on to the tasting of my 2009 just bottled wines:
Tomorrow after tasting the Block 4 tonight I will let you know what my favorite 2009 wines are. Probably Monday I will open all the 2009 wines and compare them to each other instead of older vintages. It will be fun.
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