Lessons from Italian Winemakers
Mark this year down to remember to try our 2016 Cab Franc, chambourcin and Winner Circle Red in 2 years. Even before we left, Chris and I began making some changes in the vineyard. Here is a picture of our Cab. Franc with post extenions. Our vines can now grow 2 feet taller on the top wire of our split canopy (Scott-Henry) trellis system. This is going to allow our fruit to more fully ripen in a more uniform manner. Here is a picture of the vines with the post extensions.
The next thing we plan to adjust is the amount of fruit we allow each vine to ripen. Upon my return I immedietely began dropping fruit on our Chambourcin like we do every year. This year I did it throughout the vineyard. We plan to do the same to our Cab Franc as soon as the fruit begins to change color.
The final change we wii impliment this fall is in the wine making. It involves the pressing of our cab franc grapes. Up until 2016 we have maximized production by using maximum hydolic pressure to press our skins, pulp and seeds after primary fermentation This year we plan to separate out the free run andlight press from the final press using hyrolic pressure.
It will be great year for our dry red drinkers in two years so remember to mark this vintage on your calendar.