2020 Pinot Noir

April 2020

My niece asked me to make her — yet — another wine. She expressed an interest in Pinot Noir, and last time I was in American Brewmaster, they had one on clearance. So … it’s in production.

Kit R J Spagnol Grand Cru Pinot Noir kit
Bentonite 30 g
Fermentation Oak 1 oz French oak chips
Yeast Lalvin EC-1118
Sulfite as needed
Sorbate N/A
Kieselsol provided in kit
Chitosan provided in kit

Added 4 cups hot tap water to the primary fermenter and sprinkled the bentonite on a bit at a time, then stirred until dissolved.

Added contents of grape juice bag. Rinsed it with warm water and added to fermenter. Topped up to 5.5 gallons, as my per usual method.

Sprinkled oak chips and yeast on top.

SG 1.088
Racked. Moved to carboy. 05/05/2020
SG 1.004
Racked. Kieselsol & Chitosan added 05/24/2020
SG 0.993
Racked. Add 2 oz medium toast oak cubes. Difference in SG from last time is likely due to difference in temperature and an imprecise reading on one or both occasions. 06/06/2020
SG 0.995
Racked, oak removed. 08/21/2020
SG 0.995
Added 5 oz glycerin for body. Bottled. 09/27/2020
SG 0.995

Yield 27 bottles
Alcohol 12.6%
09/27/2020 Wine has good taste at bottling, 2.5 months of oak seems to be the right amount. However, a year in the bottle will tell the tale.
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