4 wines from one grape this season?

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  1. Mar 19, 2019 #1

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    I need to take the foot off the winemaking gas pedal and scale things down this next year. That doesn’t mean I can’t have some fun. Thinking of getting 500 pounds of Mourvèdre.

    Making 5 gallons white, 5 gallons rose, 15 gallons red and 2.5 gallons of port from the grapes.

    One harvest, one crush, a couple different ferments. I’m hoping I can take the juice right from the crusher before there is any redness to it.
     
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    There fixed it for you. :)
     
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    I realize that Mourvedre is a red grape, but the juice also comes out clear, so I figure if I put a strainer under the crusher/destemmer that it should give me clear juice to make a white from. I’ll probably add water and acid to hit a better white / rose profile at the expense of flavor vs. doing two separate crushes.
     
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    What, no Cab Franc? The CF grapes will be whispering to you from your front yard crop! Who thinks NorCal will only make Mourvedre? I'm betting he stretches a "little" more. :)
     
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    My money is with yours, gotta stretch a little bit when you live in the middle of wine country!!!!!!!
     
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    No way! Can’t take that action. It’s a pure sucker bet
     
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    I'm in for 2 bits he doesn't. That's about all I'm willing to lose.
     
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    Yes, one can make a white wine from a red grape.

    It is rare, but one can also make a white Pinot Noir for example.
     
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    I thought I would close the loop on this one and bets can be paid. The goal was to slow down and make 4 different wines out of Mourvedre, 27.5 gallons total (March estimate). The place I was to get my Mourvedre from (the place I live) had a yield problem and de-committed the Mourvedre, so that plan went out the window and I had to shift gears to the "100 point" Cab Franc blend. What did I end up making from grapes this year?

    Cab Franc 53 gallons
    Merlot 25 gallons
    Cab Sauv 5 gallons
    Petit Verdot 4 gallons
    Chenin Blanc 24 gallons
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    Total 111 gallons

    Ok, a little more than the 27.5 that I set out to do, but conditions changed :) It was however a significant reduction from the 150-200 gallons I had been doing for the previous seasons. Baby steps.






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    Ah yes, slowing down. That's what I keep telling my wife. 12 gallons chambourcin rose, 12 gallons st. Vincent rose, 24 gallons chambourcin and 18 gallons of some California Juice that comes next week (I have forgotten what) but no fruit wines. So slowing down.
     
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    LOL
     
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    Jeez AJ, that's rubbing it in
     
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    Just a friendly jab. Lol. after all, making more wine is not a bad thing!
    And he did well manifesting that scale down into reality.

    But set a tough target for himself all things considered. It was a always longshot. Easy money
     
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    I knew we could count on you for excessive production!!!!!!!!!
     
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