The rewards and frustrations of home winemaking

Monthly archive: 12 2010

Chamblaise 2009 vs. 2010 Tasting Notes

I saved one bottle of 2009 Chamblaise to compare to the newly-bottled 2010 vintage.ย  Part of the comparison was to see how much this wine changes with some aging, if at all. We tasted the 2010 Chamblaise first.ย  It has rich aromas of fresh-picked pear and green apple with hint of freshly-mowed grass. Very clear, […]

Bottling Binge

Seems to be time to restock the cellar!ย  Having just bottled my 2009 Primitivo, today I bottled another batch of Winexpert Chamblaise. This will be the fourth time to make this kit, it’s such a great easy-drinker. This batch cleared very nicely and I did not have to filter as I did with previous batches. […]

Finally Bottling Primitivo

I have a few wines that are due for bottling, but I was waiting until I opened my shop because I needed corks, and it seemed to make sense that I should buy them from myself.ย  So today I’m finally bottling my Amador county primitivo.ย  I’ll bottle most of it as 100% varietal, but I’m […]

La Jolla Caves Red Tasting Note

The Winexpert “La Jolla Caves” red rhone blend is not quite 3 years in the bottle now. This wine has been quite a roller coaster, and this bottle is just adding to the sordid history. I’m not sure if the bottle opened is flawed, but it has a nose of port or sherry, with blackberry […]