Sunday, October 16, 2022

Wines I'm Making: 2022 Cabernet Pressed

Yesterday (October 15) I pressed our 2022 wine – Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese together for the first time in the 19 years I've been making wine from our backyard vineyard. Because there was so much damage to the Sangiovese this time from the September heat wave that hit us, making rosé (as we usually do from the Sangiovese) didn't make much sense; there wasn't enough fruit. After a 15-day fermentation, we ended up with just under 11 gallons of new wine from the blend of grapes, and that will yield about 10 gallons of finished wine (50 bottles). For various reasons, I was unable to get the yeast I usually use and ended up using the Prise de Mousse strain, which is designed for white wine and rosé fermentations, so a lot in 2022 will be unusual. The wine is likely to be somewhat different from what we usually make, but we won't know for about a year, when the wine is ready to bottle. 

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