Tuesday, September 8, 2009

2009 Sangiovese Harvest

One Saturday ago I picked up the 2009 Sanigovese from Peter and Judy Lecthenbohmer. They farm a small but very prolific and well tended vineyard just south of Willcox, AZ, in the winegrape farming region called Kansas Settlement. The 2007 grapes resulted in the wine that garnered a silver medal in the 2009 National Women’s Wine Competition. This past Saturday, one week later, the fermented 2009 grapes were pressed and the new wine is now settling in a big stainless steel tank, waiting transfer to oak barrels for aging and maturing. In about one year the wine will be ready for release. I love the sights, smells and tastes of handling wine at this stage and the pressed, dried out grape skins are deliciously chewy and pungent.

1 comment:

  1. i love the carnage under the press in the last photo.