The 2013 Pinots are in the Bottle
Notes from the cellar ... courtesy of Associate Winemaker Ryan Prichard - photos from Ryan and enologist Jenny Schultz. Last Wednesday, we bottled all of the 2013 Pinot Noirs - and what a day it was!Powered by donuts, we got in bright and early and started the day at 6am. The morning was in the '30s so we also gave the espresso machine a workout. (Note - this is NOT the espresso machine:) We are really excited about all of the 2013 Pinot Noirs. It was another great growing year and the wines are tasting great! The day was busy but everything went really smoothly. We had Ryan Mobile Bottling bring their mobile bottling truck to the winery and they worked like a well-oiled machine. We had a fantastic crew who loaded empty glass onto the bottling line, put the finished bottles back into the cases, then neatly stacked and wrapped the cases onto pallets. With our small production, we finish bottling each wine quickly and must move from tank to tank amid the octopus of gas and wine hose. After emptying each tank of wine, we turn on the whirling tank rinser to add the orchestra of bottling sounds. Our cork supplier, Ganau, delivered us some Jamba Juice smoothies mid-day which was amazing and... We also hand-bottled some magnums and 3 liters the day before for those extra-special occasions. We will hand-label and wax dip these all when the busyness of bottling is over. We had all hands on deck, everyone on the production team were on the floor helping out and it was a great and successful day. Ryan Prichard - Associate Winemaker
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