October 2020 – I like last year’s Old Vines Zinfandel from Lodi, CA, so I’m making it again.
I intended to bottle most as a varietal, but changed plans. This wine is going into the Meritage Plus blend. Yes, I know Zinfandel is not a Bordeaux grape … that’s the reason for the Plus.
This log tracks the fermentation and pressing of this wine. Post-fermentation I have 3 records to track:
Unoaked Zinfandel — I’m reserving 4 liters, which will remain unoaked, and bottled separately. This wine is for comparison purposes in future years, and will continue to be tracked in this log.
Meritage Plus – The second barrel contains everything else, and is roughly 40% Merlot, 20% Vinifera Blend, and 40% Merlot. This wine is tracked in a separate log.
Meritage — Free run Merlot and Vinifera Blend went in the other barrel.
Note: I’m using the name “Meritage”, which is copyright by the Meritage Alliance. This group was founded to create and protect a name for Bordeaux-style wines that does not violate French law regarding the use of the name “Bordeaux”. Commercial wineries pay a fee to the Alliance to use the name. I’m not commercial, my wines are not for sale, and will never be tasted by anyone other that family and friends, so I don’t feel bad about using the name. If I went commercial, I’d join the Alliance.
|Grape||144# Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi, CA|
|Enzyme||2 tsp Scottzyme Color Pro|
|Fermentation Oak||1 lb shredded American oak, medium toast|
|Yeast||2 packages Red Star Premier Rouge|
|Nutrient||12 tsp Fermax + 6 tsp Fermax|
|Sulfite||potassium metabisulfite added at various points (see below)|
|Crushed & destemmed the grapes. Grapes at 52 F, have to warm up to 65 F before inoculation.
Added Scottzyme Color Pro for improved color extraction and 1 lb fermentation oak.
|Temperature rose to 67 F in the afternoon. Added 12 tsp Fermax and yeast.||10/11/2020
|Added 6 tsp Fermax.||10/14/2020
|The cap started to drop with fermentation ended, so I got little free run from this. Medium pressed the pomace.
I reserved 2 gallons, which will continue to be tracked in this log. The remainder is part of the Meritage Plus blend.
|Racked. I reduced this batch to a 4 liter jug and a1.5 liter wine bottle. The remainder is moved to the Meritage Plus blend.||11/20/2020
|Racked. I reduced this batch to a single 4 liter jug. The remainder is moved to the Meritage Plus blend.||02/25/2021
|Racked, added K-meta & glycerin, bottled.||09/28/2021
|09/28/2021||As with the Merlot, this one is oddly tannic, while the Vinifera Blend is not. I’d expect the opposite.|