Finally all the lots are finishing up ML (malo-lactic fermentation) and I can evaluate what they’re becoming. The next step will be to start working on blends, which will happen in early June. I’m excited by the quality of the 2010 wines as they develop.
I just completed a road trip to El Paso, TX for two winemaker events. Both went well and I also picked up a resturuant account courtesy of the owner of Zin Valle, Victor Poulis. Continuing with wearing my marketing hat also got Manchester Ridge Chardonnay picked up by Albion River Inn and the Sangiacomo Chardonnay picked up by Madrona Manor for their by-the-glass programs.
ANd, I have almost completely firmed up the fruit that I will be bringing in this year, going to be doing 2 Chardonnay's and 1 Pinot Noir for this vintage. Hope to be in a position to make Zin again next year.
Winemaker & Artisan, Rick Davis, started Calstar Cellars in 2001 to marry art and science to his love of wine. Read Rick's thoughts on all things wine!