This week, Tom, Conor and I bottled the 2011 Reserve Riesling. It's not every vintage that we choose to make a Reserve Riesling, but this year, as we tasted through the tank samples, it rapidly became clear that 2011 would deliver a reserve offering. The actual bottling process usually happens in a single day, but the team usually spends a couple of days preparing the wines for bottling. After the final test blends are selected, the winemaking team cleans and sterilizes 2 tanks, one for blending, and one for bottling, then create the final master blend. The wine is then sterile filtered, and then rests while the team prepares the rest of the equipment. Then it is on to more cleaning and preparation… the lines and the filler must be cleaned, the glass, closures and other equipment must be prepared. Then, finally, we begin bottling the wine!
This Riesling bottling was special for an additional reason: we are introducing new Riesling packaging. Historically, we have bottled much of our Pinot Noir under a glass closure, yet we never had access to Riesling bottles which were compatible. This year, we were able to find Riesling bottles which work with the Vino-Lok closure (more to come on this)… and the glass happens to be a beautiful deep green color! Can’t wait to see what the finished wine will look like once our labels arrive!