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Monday March 30, 2015

So Josh came in today and Pat and I were not ready for his energy, He seemed happy to be here.........Pat and I have been overwhelmed with all the new orders, some even 2013 and 2014 wines, but of course we have many of you who have faith, I will produce great wine from year after year. The orders for 2015 pre-harvest have been great so thank you. I am looking into purchasing a new chiller for Josh so we can control even more and make great wine....... BUT........some times Mother Nature........rules!!!!!!!!!!

There is only one vintage I had trouble with after now my 21 years making commercial wine and also for 15 years as a home winemaker from this vineyard...............that hard year was the 2010 vintage and difficult wines. Again I have to state that the acids for the 2010 wines were intense, because of the heat wave that made all the grapes turn to raisins in Dry Creek Valley...........as you know I tried to make a wine that consisted of all Raisins. That did not work out well. I think all the Zin based wines in 2010 are heavy in acid and like I have said before, many times........they will out live me............Acid in anything helps things last. We dropped the acid in all the wines, with a Red Cap wine which was aged 16 months, those wines are less acidic but will also outlive me............I really think the other wines, especially from, Russian River are real nice right now...............BUT they are strong. If you have any Cab or Petite Sirah OR Escuro..........they are strong. There is nothing wrong with any of these wines, they will just take a long time to be ready for some of us, including me, but remember I am not you............I like young wines so 2013 is what I consume.........

If anyone wants to turn in their 2010 wines, I will take them gladly. I actually have several cases of 2010 wines here and I am going to put them in the fermentations this year to make a new wine., maybe called Dago Red...........By refermenting these wines will actually add a different dimension to our new Harvest. I am confident we are going to make great wine...........


Tuesday March 31, 2015


I am real sorry, I had an implant put in my head today so this has taken me awhile..............


8:30 :pm:  I like to escape at times and most times I escape in the evening, I make the right decisions even in the evening. I picked Josh and Jose and they are both stepping up. We have two new great assistants.

Thursday April 2, 2015

There are birds chirping loud around here. It is a special time, to hear live new life. We have many nests around our property every year.

we are probably going to hire a new firm to do a POS system. Both Cindi and now Catalina have been encouraging us to do a POS. But I am thinking of a company who can do more than a simple POS so I will start interviewing several companies who will bring us in to a new time. POS, Point of Sale should be a touch screen which will capture all our orders in our tasting room and we will see if it will give me many more options, including our large and growing Wine Club............Long story which will start tomorrow with my first interview with VIN Now.............

After Matt, New barrels are coming, another story

Friday April 3, 2015


9:30 Pm: Patience........it is hard for me at times and then I think I am very patient.

So I am buying many different barrels and I will test out each barrel over time. At first we will do a tasting in January. I assume it will be for a few of us and then if it is interesting we may do an event..........I have to talk to Pat so we will see................Most of these barrels in different producers will be similar..........all these barrels will be similar. You may taste a difference and then three months later you will have a different opinion BUT some of us in the wine industry say there are so many so called experts so they can decide for us with very precise trials so they know more than us...............my only complaint ............they do not know the vineyard!! Every vineyard produces different wine..........even next store I tried their fruit and mine in one vintage and they were different!! SO NO ONE knows how the barrel will react to a small acre vineyard, that is what I have here..........

So I am saying I will test out these barrels and they will all be great in any of our complex blends. Complexity is my goal.

Tonight Pat and I tried three wines and I will taste them again tomorrow night. One was from a winery we like,....... what I came across by the tasting was we had WineGuerrilla 2009 Coffaro Vineyard compared to our Estate Bottled Zinfandel from the same vintage, 2009. As you know I prefer young wines but I do appreciate the complexity of older wines, very different flavors.....I thought the Wine Guerrilla was rounder and had more complexity, our Estate was younger and needed time.........

The most important revelation from tonight is what I have suspected and Bruce Patch realized,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,the second crop from Coffaro Vineyard is unique, even second crop is great...........but wait a minute..........Our Dave's Cuvee from 2013 and now 2014 is a nice wine and it is from second crop pick from our vineyard just where the fruit from The WineGuerrila came from. That fruit is usually picked later in the year and at the end of Harvest............

Easter, my Mother still prays for me.............I have to head down to Millbrae Sunday and cook two chickens, It will be fun but we have to get back and especially Monday when we have to charge cards..............Wine Club.......hard work, a lot of bounces



 



 

For any comments or questions I encourage any of you to e-mail.....david@coffaro.com

Dave


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