Monday, August 18th we started harvest by adding a “new kid” to our lineup! Albariño will be our newest addition to our wine portfolio. We’ve always hoped we would have something that would appeal to everyone. Albariño fits nicely into the mix, giving us a light, crisp white wine that will pair nicely with food. And as luck would have it….it’s one of my favorite white wines as well!
So, Monday, the Albariño had quite a day! It was harvested early in the morning and then it was crushed and pressed. (The picture shows the juice running out of the press.) You thought your Monday was a rough one! Then the juice was left to settle in cold storage for almost 2 days. Yesterday, the clear juice was inoculated with yeast and put into barrels to ferment. The juice was beautiful straw color and the flavors were fruity yet crisp. Even Rex (the puppy) agreed apparently. Kyle had a hard time keeping him out of it.
Can’t wait to see how it turns out! And luckily we won’t have to wait too long as it will probably be bottled early in 2009. Anyone else looking forward to its release? Let’s cross our fingers that we can open it in front of the fireplace at the Harney Lane Tasting Room!!!!!!