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September 28, 2003

We received the Merlot and Syrah at the same time so it was crushed at the same time.

Jack and Betty picked up the grapes and had trouble.  One of the vineyards didn't have a forklift and they had to put 2000 pounds of grapes up on the truck one fork at a time. Needless to say they were a little late.

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After all the carrying we did last time we built a contraption so that we could just throw the buckets on the rollers and they would roll down to the stemmer-crusher.
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The truck finally arrives and Jack backs it exactly in place.  2 inches from the rollers.
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Four 500 pound bins of Merlot and four bins of Syrah.
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So now we need to fork it into buckets.
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Starting with the Syrah...
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Here's the first bucket.  Everybody has to take a taste...
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Now we begin running it through the stemmer-crusher.
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So now we move bucket after bucket from the truck.
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This time we decided to haul away the stems instead of letting them pile up.
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Two bins crushed and the light is failing us.
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Slide the buckets off the truck and onto the rollers.
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Looks like Karl has found a really nice cluster.
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What a beauty!
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Now that the Syrah is crushed, we start on the Merlot.
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And we crush and crush...
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and crush...
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Brian adding Sulfites.
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Bill taking his turn at forking.  Bill and Sam must have each forked out two tons.
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Pouring the crush into the primary fermenters.
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The light failed us hours ago and we were finally getting to the end!
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We found several halves of playing cards in the bins of Merlot.  Don't really know why...
Movie of unloading the truck into the crusher (7199 kB).
More unloading showing the rollers in action (4831 kB).

September 2, 2004

We pumped all the Merlot (except the barrel that had Candida mycoderma) into holding tank: 2002-03, 2002-05, S06, & S23.

September 5, 2004

Bottled 89 cases of Merlot from the blending tank.


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