2002 Sangiovese / Cabernet / Merlot
September 2002 – I haven’t made any wine in several years. Other than a batch of mead that is about ready to drink, I just haven’t had any ambition to make wine. Part of it is my disappointment with the grapes I’ve purchased here in NC. For various reasons I haven’t really liked anything I made. If I don’t like it, why make it???
So I went out to the WineArt site and ordered a kit. Following is my record of it …
[It appears that I purchased this kit in around December 2001, but didn’t start it until September 2002.]
Note: I assign the year of a wine based upon when I start it, not the year the fruit is from.
|Kit||Wine-Kitz Project Holiday Wine 2001 Sangiovese-Cabernet-Merlot Kit|
|Oak||chips, quantity unknown|
|Yeast||Yes (no idea which one)|
|Started kit (apparently a while after I purchased it!). Placed concentrate, oak chips in fermenter, filled to 5-1/2 gallons with water.
Sprinkled yeast on top.
|Racked into carboy.||09/25/2002
|Racked. Added sorbate/sulphite and kieselsol. Stirred for the specified 3 minutes.
Stirred 6 times over the next 24 hours to complete the process.
|Added chitosan; stirred for 30 seconds.||10/13/2002
|Afterthoughts||I didn’t follow the time line specified in the instructions. This one had an off taste that in hindsight I attribute to sitting on the lees too long. Too many chemicals for clearing that I think need to be removed with the sediment in the specified time frame.|
|Taste||Overall came out “ok” but had an odd after taste I didn’t like. Worked well for cooking.|