4200 bottles of Cranberry on the wall... We were lucky to have my cousin from Maryland help out with the process and the bottling crew stayed in good spirits from the first bottle to the last! Stop in to give our 2013 Cranberry a taste... We weren't able keep it in stock for long last year! Made 100% from Cranberries, look forward to dramatic aromas of fresh and baked cranberries, honeycomb, and citrus zest with a tangy medium body and a nicely balanced finish.
in the bottle
Deebo has taken the time to personally supervise the bottling of his 2013 dry red blend this year. It is 40% Frontenac, 40% Chambourcin , and 20% Marquette. The wine exhibits wonderful dark berry flavors with a nicely textured body and a smooth gently Oaked finish. Deebo is proud to put his name on it and feels it is his best work to date!
Transfering the 2012 Brianna which just got out of cold stabilization. We try to combine processes when possible so we are also filtering it down a bit to clean it up. It is looking and Tasting GREAT!! Should be bottling in a few months.
We spent the day yesterday (10.09) transferring the 2012 Frontenac, Marquette, and Chambourcin from the stainless steel tanks into our oak barrels where the wines will age for 6-8 months- affecting the tannins, texture and adding complexity to the wines flavors and aromas. Aging in oak can add flavor notes of caramel, cream, smoke, spice, vanilla, black pepper and deliciousness...
Labeling the remaining 2011 Frontenac today! Aged in American oak for 8 months, our Frontenac has a bright acidity on the palate and embodies pepper and oak aromas with a lingering, delicous berry finish... It is a dry red in that it does not have any remaining sugar, to it but doesn't have too much of a "dry mouth-feel" to it because tannin levels are very low. When we released the 2011 vintage we started with 180 cases. The grapes grown for this yummy dry red were harvested from Beyer's Vineyards in Mitchell, IA- Zaniela's outside of Matlock, IA- and Sticks 'n Stones Vineyards in Milford, IA.
The long awaited Blueberry and Raspberry are almost done!! There have been a lot of sad customers since we sold out in early October but another few weeks and they should be bottled and ready to go home with you. The video above shows how much CO2 is produced as yeast turn the sugar in juice into alcohol. It's a pretty cool process!
Bottling delicious citrus...
The first bottling of 2011 has come!!!! Our La Crescent has rich citrus, peach, and apricot aromas with a nice crisp acidity. If you liked the 2010 La Crescent they you'll love the 2011. Our friends at Train Wreck Winery in Algona, IA decided to come and lend a hand which was extremely helpful! We were able to bottle 100 cases in about three hours. The wine went from the tank through our plate and frame filter (filtered down to .5micron) show in the first pic below, then on to our membrane filter which gets the wine down to .45 micron and on to the bottle filler.
A little peak at the bottling line.... One variety down, just eleven more to go!