Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Holidays- Looking ahead

It's that time of the year when many of us in the wine biz are looking ahead to where our business is going- where can we go, what can we do to make stay ahead of the game. One of the areas that I am very focused on is blogging! There are some great blogs out there from wine lovers, winemakers, wine retailers, wineries............what a great way to get info about what we are drinking or not. I am now following several blogs, as can be seen from the side list, and some more that I will be adding. Keep watching- I think I'm getting the hang of this and liking it!

So, the New Year is almost upon us- hard to believe. In a few moments I will be going out to taste the wines from 2007- this will be the last time this year. The 2007 Tres Palmeras is coming along beautifully, very complex- it is a 'field blend' of grapes from my own vineyard. The majority of the blend is Tempranillo with a good smattering of Grenache and Carignane. Then there are little bits of Cab, Merlot, Zin, Petite Sirah- all adding their contribution. There is warm spice, cassis, blackberry, blueberry, some plum, and a hint of dried herb.

The 2007 Vista Creek is all Tempranillo. This wine just finished it's second or malolactic fermentation-just in time for the new year. It is in a bit of a 'dumb' stage as it is trying to get itself together from fermenting. Wine is funny this way-it is always evolving- the trick is finding at what point that evolution has peaked. Hence one of the many challenges in winemaking.

On to the New Year- may you all have a prosperous, wonderful, fulfilling year!
Until Next Week-
Cheers to good food, good friends and good wine- The Mustang Winemaker

1 comment:

Neo-Luddite said...

Penny,
Glad to hear that all is well. Happy Holidays from Anne & me.
My wines are doing well. All the reds are doing their MLF in the dining room and some are strarting to taste close to finishing. A test is planned for this weekend. The Rose` this year is coming in two flavors: a 100% field blend via Gaellano and a 80% with 20% Malibu Syrah with French oak. Neither are going through ML. The Sauv Blanc is still a challenge to me. The Temecula juice is too rich and fruity and doesn't have the grapefruit zing I wanted. So I think I'll finish the fining, filter and give it some oak.
We hope to be able to attend one of the Mendo Grape Grower events next year and we owuld love to buy you guys dinner. I can fill you in on the coffee exploits as well.
Happiest of Holidays to both of you.
MHolland

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