Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pre-Harvest Preparation

Some of the Lees after a Cabernet racking/cleaning at Palladian Winery in St. Helena.

Pumping the wine out of the barrels for cleaning.

Clearing a fallen oak tree in the Heron Lake vineyard.

Taking an afternoon ride through the Napa hills from Heron Lake Winery, where the Olivia Brion Pinot and Chardonnay is grown, back down to Napa town.

Collecting samples of the 2009 Olivia Brion Pinot Noir for testing.

Fixing and reassembling the crusher/de-stemmer in preparation for harvest.

Sanitizing the keg with ozonated water for cleaning the oak barrels.

Cleaning the cabernet barrels at Palladian after a racking, and adding humidity to this beautiful natural cave.

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