Silver Oak and Twomey October Harvest Update #2

Silver Oak and Twomey Winemaker, Daniel Baron in front of Silver Oak's Oakville WineryLast weekend was warm and the threat of rain evaporated as the week progressed.  Gradually, everything cooled to very pleasant Fall weather with mid-70’s highs and quite cool nights in the high 30’s.

We continued to press fruit at Twomey Healdsburg, but the pace has finally slowed and the crew can get a little rest.  We are in the midst of pulling the 2012 Pinots out of barrel so that we can barrel down the 2013’s.  The Pinot is handled differently than our other reds because it is much more changeable during aging.  For that reason, we barrel down separate lots and blend them after each one has had some time to age.  We also allow the malolactic fermentation to occur in barrel which we feel adds a little more mid-palate.

We brought in our last grapes in Alexander Valley on Thursday the 10th and toasted with some well-deserved sparkling wine.  We brought in fruit from the Geysers Road area as well as 4 ranches from the heart of the valley.  Our Alexander Valley Cellar Master, Elias and his crew did a great deal of pressing last week and we extend a kudos to them for their hard work.

In Oakville, we continued to press as tanks came into that magical balance when the tannins soften.  I am amazed every year when I see how much difference 24 hours can make to the smoothness of a wine, which is one of the reasons you see us tasting every day. 

At this rate only a couple more weeks and we’ll be wrapped up.  Cheers!