1988 Leon Millot
September 2007 – This wine was a huge disappointment. It taught me to keep an eye on the airlock to ensure it’s full.
|Fruit||6 gallons Leon Millot juice, 20.5 brix, 1.1 acid, 30ppm sulfite|
|Pectic Enzyme||3 tsp|
|Yeast Nutrient||4 tsp|
|Yeast Energizer||3 tsp|
|Started with 8oz oak chips||16 Sep 1988
|Racked, oak chips removed||19 Sep 1988
|Racked, 1/4 tsp K-sulfite added||04 Oct 1988
|Racked, 1/4 tsp K-sulfite, 1/2 tsp ascorbic acid, 1 tsp citric acid added||28 Jan 1989
|Filtered, #1 filter pad||27 Mar 1989
|Filtered, #2 filter pad||09 Apr 1989
|Bottled carboy, partially oxidized||05 Oct 1989
|Bottled remaining gallon, in great shape||14 Nov 1989
|Afterthoughts||This one was a great lesson — make SURE the airlock is filled with something besides air! The wine from the carboy was drinkable — I fed it to friends who had no palate, who typically loved it. If I recall I threw out the last few bottles.
The extra gallon? That made me cry! Not the wine, but the fact that it was wonderful and I lost the previous 5 gallons of it!