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)
Sulfite Yes
Sorbate Yes
Kieselsol Yes
Chitosan Yes


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.

SG 1.081
Racked into carboy. 09/25/2002
SG 0.997
Racked. Added sorbate/sulphite and kieselsol. Stirred for the specified 3 minutes.

Stirred 6 times over the next 24 hours to complete the process.

SG 0.994
Added chitosan; stirred for 30 seconds. 10/13/2002
SG 0.994
Racked. 11/10/2002
SG 0.994
Bottled. 06/21/2003
SG 0.994


Yield 26 bottles
Alcohol 11.8%
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.