1989 Vidal Blanc

December 20017 – 1989 was a “blend year” – my primary wines were a red blend and a white blend.

I think I did the Vidal because the Mitchell Vineyards had some left over and were selling at a good price.


Fruit 6 gallons Vidal juice, 20.6 brix, 70ppm sulfite
Yeast Nutrient 3 tsp
Yeast Red Star Epernay II


Started 10/21/1989
SG 1.082
Racked 11/05/1989
SG 1.010
Racked, 1/4 tsp K-sulfite added 11/13/1989
SG 1.000
Racked, filtered w/#1 filter pad 11/28/1989
SG 0.995
Racked 01/28/1990
SG 0.995
Racked, Bentonite added 06/06/1990
SG 0.995
Bottled 07/12/1990
SG 0.995


Yield 24 bottles
Alcohol 11.8%
Afterthoughts The one thing I remember about this wine was that it dropped a LOT of sediment. Had others do that, but this one started with 6 gallons juice and ended up with less than 5 gallons of wine. Not a problem, just a surprise.
October 2018 It occurred to me that the above note about sediment jives with my memory that this was leftover juice. The tank had settled and I got a larger portion of the settled sediment.