Friday, December 18, 2009

Blending Trials, Inside the War Room

Thursday we started are tasting through our 2008 barrels in order to force rank our lots for our blending trials on Monday and Tuesday. We started with our Merlot lots, then moved into the Cab Franc and Malbec lots and finished the day with Cabernet Sauvignon. All of these wines come from Birch Creek, Minnick Hills, Sconni in the Walla Walla Valley, Stone Tree( Wahluke Slope), and Kestrel(Yakima Valley) vineyards. On a whole these wines are tasting great and look to be some of the best wines that DV has put in bottle when that day comes. Friday we will taste through our Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Sangiovese and Tempranillo lots. Though this might seem like a fun day at the office, it requires your palate to be on and a lot of focus on the wine. Everyone present puts their input in as to likes, dislikes, nose, palate, body and finish etc. which open things up to a lively debate. Our goal is to put the best lots in our best bottles and that takes some work deciphering at this point in the barrel. So then on Monday and Tuesday we start taking our favorites and seeing where they will fit into our program. Fun stuff!

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