Friday, October 29, 2010

Pressing the Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel

The Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel has been pressed!  The flavor of the wine at this stage is rich, jammy, and slightly spicy.  The color is a deep, dark, rich purple (almost black).  This should be an amazing wine after it ages.

The pressing was pretty much uneventful, thanks to a late-day purchase at our local wine shop, Advantage Beer & Wine Supplies of Hickory, NC.  The store normally closes at 5 pm, but one of the owners graciously agreed to keep the store open late so I could purchase some additional carboys and a brand-new winemaking funnel (see our previous post on pressing the Barbera).  Thanks again Mike!

We started with 504 pounds of grapes, and after pressing, we ended up with about 38 gallons of wine.  The wine will sit in carboys for a few weeks until I order an additional 32 gallon Vadai barrel for aging.