Seeing Red

Last of the Riesling is pressed and fermenting; whites are all in house for 2014.
Last of the Riesling is pressed and fermenting; whites are all in-house for 2014.
Minnick Syrah, Lagana Cellars first red of 2014.
Minnick Syrah, Lagana Cellars first red of 2014.

September is behind us, Saturday we brought in the last of this year’s white grapes; just over a ton of Riesling from Dionysus Vineyard north of Pasco.  Rose’ and whites in-house is a major hurdle for us, that is over half of the Lagana Cellars and about a quarter of the Locati Cellars fruit.

Tuesday, with the typical delays and hiccups, we brought in 1.3 tons of Dolcetto at Locati Cellars and 3.7 tons of Syrah at Lagana Cellars.  Syrah has such nice coloring I had to take a few fun photos as we went along:

Stomping whole cluster Syrah, great way to finish the first day of reds.
Stomping whole cluster Syrah, great way to finish the first day of reds.
Syrah grapes in the destemmer/crusher.
Syrah grapes in the destemmer/crusher.

The Dolcetto was such a rush knowing we had to cross town to do the Syrah next that I didn’t take my phone up on the ladder with me when we ran the destemmer/crusher at Locati Cellars.

Syrah stems, festive looking, like we celebrated the first reds of 2014 coming in today.
Syrah stems, festive looking, like we celebrated the first reds of 2014 coming in today.

So many photos on Facebook show other local wineries stomping/crushing Syrah today; excited as we ramp things up a notch or two.  It brings our small facilities. with just a few of us, into the whole local wine picture.  We were in fantastic company from what I could see!  Walla Walla is more than wine, but during Crush, it is hard to see much else when you are in the industry.

Cheers!

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