2019 Grape Season

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  1. Jul 16, 2019 #41

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    I have much work to do when I return from OBX. A Rose, EM Bourbon Barrel Zin and 2 carboys of 2017's to blend and/or bottle. Also need to clean up the area after scrambling to move stuff when a pipe broke several weeks ago. Need to get off my butt and decide what I'm going to do with the 40L barrel I ordered too. I'm thinking it's going to be just two larger field blends this year.
     
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    Last nights Meritage blending really happened and I think it's a winner. Had 2 friends over to help. 24% Cab Sauv, 20% Merlot, 24% Petit Verdot, 9% Cab Franc, 7% Malbec and 16% Carmenere. Made 2 500ml bottles that will sit for 2 weeks before blending the entire batch. I'm going to call it "Neither Bank" since neither the Cab Sauv or the Merlot are the dominate varietal.

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  3. Jul 16, 2019 #43

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    Wow! Note pads and everything! You guys went hardcore! Sorry I missed it.
     
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  4. Jul 16, 2019 #44

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    Awesome! I'd name it "Touch All the Bases." :)
     
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    Next up is the Touriga/Tempranillo and Petite Syrah/Syrah/OVZ blends with who knows what else, I'll try to give you more notice. Plus, not to worry, there will be a few bottles of "Neither Bank" with your name on them.
     
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    That's a good one as well. I also thought of Six Amis.
     
  7. Jul 16, 2019 #47

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    That is really nice to be able to sit down at the blending table, you might end up with a best of show. I've never had, and probably never will have, the patience to pull that off.
     
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    Question: Are all of these from your cellar? Or are some commercial wines you turn to when needed?

    I've been topping off my first grape harvest (Merlot) with a commercial cab for the past year and I'm really liking it. And I know I should plan on saving some of the final product for next year... but, yeah, that's gonna be hard.
     
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    Greg my heart sank when I looked at the photos, that's a shame. Has this ever happened on the property before? Part of my day job is reviewing commercial property for flood exposure, and there are more and more cases these days of locations flooding that are not located in a recognized flood zone.

    Hopefully everything will recover.
     
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    Wow, that looks more like LA than ND..........
     
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    It's all from my cellar. I selected the grapes specifically for the Bordeaux blend.
     
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    So sorry, Greg.
     

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