Paul - we crushed the wine last October. We learned a lot that weekend and the following weekend when we went back for the press. It’s amazing that the same grapes fermented with different yeasts can turn out completely different! We’re making a cab, and the winemaker had last year’s batch there to sample, and the difference was unbelievable, one was a subtle French style wine, the other one big and heavy just like the typical CA or SA wine - with the same grapes. We’ll be back this weekend for the barrel testing, where we can decide on blending, and then we’ll go up again in August for the bottling. The wine then probably needs another year or two before it reaches its prime drinking age.
We live in the Santa Cruz mountains where wine tasting used to be free, now it’s $5, and you get it credited if you buy a bottle - that’s fine I think. I don’t like Napa and Sonoma where they it’s so busy that they have turned their tasting rooms in bars….
Would love to come to SA. Yes, wine prices here are a bit out of line, but if you know what you are doing you get a nice drinkable wine for $12 and a very good wine for $20 to $25.