When I heard the rain on the roof and felt the weather change throughout my body early this morning, I knew our 7:00 AM Viognier harvest was not going to happen. The grapes were too wet to pick, so I got more sleep this morning than I expected.
Funny to have a day to catch-up at this point in harvest, but that is what today ended up being. I spent the morning studying soils; our lab mid-day was hands-on learning of texture, structure and color of soils.
Our afternoon meeting to discuss making our Merlot wine was great. We were treated to a taste of the 2012 Stan Clarke Merlot to give us an idea of what we were working with. I had not had such an immature Merlot before, it was interesting to taste the smoke of the barrel and the green-ness of it. In another six months the wine we tasted today will be bottled for sale. This is a really big deal as it is a wine that will be with us for the entire two years we are in the program; learning how to ensure that the wine will be what we want it to be is one of the big reasons I am here. Looking forward to an award-winning Merlot!
It is raining lightly again now; seems it is supposed to rain through tomorrow morning. Good time to do some more studying.