Harvest has finally settled down. We have a few things still fermenting but all is well. The grapes looked fantastic this year! I’m predicting another great vintage! I am looking forward to sharing this vintage with you!
Here are just a few photos from Harvest 2013 – Enjoy
March 15th – Passaggio Wines on the calendar for bottling. The days leading up to this date were intense. Trying to coordinate getting all the packaging paraphernalia to the winery on time was quite a task not to mention getting the wine ready too. It actually came down to the wire. The capsules and corks were to arrive on the 14th. Two o’clock went by and the UPS driver had all ready dropped a package off at the winery and it wasn’t the capsules and corks for Passaggio Wines bottling. I immediately got on the phone to the company and they had me down as bottling on the 25th…oy vay!!! Needless to say, you can bottle without capsules, but you can’t bottle without corks!
The company realized their mistake and had the capsules and corks to me at 7am on the 15th. Now that’s cutting it close…geez!
The day went very smooth. I had wonderful friends who took part in this memorable occasion. It makes bottling more of a non stressful day when you have great people helping you get through it. Passaggio Wines bottled the 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rose Colored Glasses, and newly added to the line-up this year – Sauvignon Blanc.
Shout out to Dave Gifford, Chris Nelson, Justin Rose, and the Luna Sei group for all their help!!! You guys are awesome….
- Luna Sei Moon Mix 2010 Red Table Wine (fiftyshadesofwine.org)
Labels, capsules, bottles and corks…oh my! The winery has been pretty quiet this past month but I have been busy behind the scenes as I gear up for bottling. The Passaggio 2012 Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and Rosé are scheduled for bottling. Added to my Spring line up is the 2012 Passaggio’s UNMARKED Sauvignon Blanc…I am so excited! I’ve been diligently doing market research (hint. hint) and tasting through some very good Sauvignon Blancs. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it…LOL…and I am happy to declare I am very excited to get this wine on the market!!!
The Passaggio Sauv Blanc grapes are from Lake County. This photo shows the beginning of the process. My good friends from the Luna Sei wine-group sourced and picked these grapes…here they are helping sort. The 2012 UNMARKED Sauvignon Blanc will be a great addition to the spring / summer Passaggio Unoaked Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. We will be racking, fining, and cold stabilizing in the next couple of weeks. We will be bottling the middle of March. Wait til you see the label for the Sauv Blanc – you’re gonna love it…. 😉
Stay tuned for what’s next…
We waited with antipication…we did all our quirky routines…and it seemed that Mother Nature was on our side for harvest 2012. The fruit that came in the winery was exceptional. The fermentations smelled awesome and tasted wonderful. This was truly a stellar year for vineyard owners, vineyard managers, and wine makers.
Someone asked me on twitter if this was the harvest of the century. I would have to say “yes…this is the harvest of the century.” I predict you will be tasting some stellar wines from this harvest.
Passaggio Wines will be adding to its line up this year so keep an eye out for the following wines: Unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Pinot Noir, and Merlot. You can join the Passaggio Passionistas Wine Club and have these wines shipped to you throughout the year.
Click on the photo for the Passaggio Harvest 2012 video…enjoy