Monday, November 02, 2009

Punching Down The Cap - Sokol Blosser

So my vineyard guy sent me this link to a video of his son punching down the cap on some pinot for Sokol Blosser.

Contact with the grape skins is what gives red wine its color and tannin profile. But the skins will float to the top, buoyed on the carbon dioxide from the fermentation, and must be punched back down to increase contact with the fermenting must and prevent the top or "cap" from getting crusty and gross from prolonged air exposure.

Good toy. And an interesting peek behind the scenes at an excellent winery.


Trish said...

they were my favorite people when I lived in the Willamette Valley.... So friendly. So tasty too.

Russell Hews Everett said...

Now I just have to be able to afford some of it...

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