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Rack to Bottling

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An old phrase you might hear around the winery is “rack to bottling” – which means get the wine ready for bottling by racking it to a tank.

Yesterday I racked the 2012 Passaggio UNMARKED Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to tank. These grapes came from the Petaluma Gap area of the Sonoma Coast. The Sonoma Coast extends from San Pablo Bay to Mendocino County. The Petaluma Gap area extends from the Pacific Ocean to San Pablo Bay. This area produces some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. Wind and fog are its trademark and the word “Gap” got its name from the actual gap in the mountain that stretches from the Pacific to the town of Petaluma. The early morning fog, intense heat in the afternoon, and very cool evenings are a great growing climate for Pinot Noir.

The 2012 Passaggio UNMARKED Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ready for bottling on August 16th, 2013.

2012 Passaggio Pinot Noir

Stay tuned for more!!!!

 

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Passaggio Wines

 

Checking Those Sulfurs

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Sulfur Dioxide is a chemical compound with the formula SO2 and is responsible for the wording on wine labels “contains sulfites”.

One of the most important things to do in the wine making process is to make sure the sulfur is at the appropriate level in the wine. There are a few ways of checking this and I use the A/O method. I adjust my SO2 levels depending on the pH level in the wine. The test only takes 10 minutes per wine.

Here are a couple of reasons to add sulfur to wine:

First, it is a microbial agent which helps curtail unwanted bacteria growth. Second, it helps keeps the wine fresh and protects it from browning. We don’t want the sulfur levels too high though. That’s when you smell that burnt match smell. So it’s important to keep good notes and write down everything you do in your wine makers notebook.

Check out the 15 second instagram video

A/O

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Passaggio Wines

It’s Blending Time

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It’s one of my favorite parts of wine making…I love blending. The 2012 Passaggio UNMARKED Pinot Noir is ready for blending. This wine comes from a single vineyard on the Sonoma Coast. I am very excited about bottling it on August 16th. But before we do, we have to get it ready!!!

Stay tuned for more photos and videos of the 2012 Pinot blending and bottling…

Pinot Noir blending

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Passaggio Wines