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Receiving barrels

Today we received twenty-five brand new oak barrels from the cooperage Seguin Moreau!

Richard has worked with barrels from Seguin Moreau for many years, they are consistently well-made and deliver the characters that suit our wines, and so we rely almost entirely on them for ageing both our Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. 178 more words

Facility And Equipment

The first pick is scheduled!

Today we went out and sampled the Chardonnay at the Belli ranch again. Block 3 (Rued clone, which is a slightly Musque, or Muscat, selection of Chardonnay) is always the first block to come in, so it’s the one we took the closest look at today. 354 more words



While most of our efforts are focused on the vineyard right now, there is still some work to be done inside the winery. This week, we are topping again. 129 more words


Barrel Maintenance and Media Praise

The weather here in Sonoma Valley has been slightly unpredictable for the last couple of days. We’ve been expecting rain, and we’ve been getting it, but mainly in fits and starts amidst a few sunny hours, ¬†instead of a steady downpour. 258 more words

Facility And Equipment

Barrel Maintenance

Sometimes it happens that you wind up with empty barrels that need to be stored. If a barrel is new and hasn’t ever been filled, this is not really a problem, you can just leave it inside the winery and wait for next year. 348 more words


Pumping out the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

We are just about finished with splash-racking our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon. Once the rackings are done, it will be time to put the wine down to barrel to age. 272 more words


This week in the cellar

This week we had several major operations in the cellar. First, we had to top our barrels. This month was slightly different¬†from other recent months because we needed to ‘break’ a barrel of 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. 257 more words