Tuesday Jason and I crushed almost 12 tons of fruit in about four hours at Locati; both wineries have all fruit in! Primitivo and the Estate Barbera are fermenting in their bins. Punch downs, pressing and barreling this last fruit and the 2014 Harvest will be put to bed.
Lagana Cellars has 22 tons of 2014 fruit and Locati Cellars has just over 58 tons – that is over double what we expected to bring in at Locati. When I anticipated my internship I wanted to do small quantity rather than large since I am aware of my physical limitations (this body isn’t as young as it once was). Eighty tons of fruit is far more than we bargained for, but we did it.
Jason was stung at the beginning of harvest one time while we were pressing whites out at the Locati Farm. When we were cleaning the crusher Tuesday afternoon I was stung; thought I would make it through Harvest without it. (We were also both stung early on last year at the farm.) Otherwise this has been a charmed season; lots of sun and rain only when we weren’t actively processing grapes. As if on cue, the rain dumped in buckets Wednesday afternoon on our little valley. My rain barrels were spilling over there was so much water.