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We will be open through November and December five days a week, Thursday through Monday from 11 AM- 5 PM, so come, warm up your innards with a little Old Field wine, warm up your tootsies by the wood stove and enjoy some great hospitality from Perry, Ros, Chris, Maureen, Sam, Nick and Dekka. We'd love to see you.
New Wines: for those who haven't stopped by for a while, we are pouring our 2004 (100%) Merlot, fruity and earthy and the new Cacklin' Rosé, a Merlot rosé that is dry, tasty and a brilliant colour for the holidays. This is our first go at a Merlot rosé and we have been delighted by the reception. Maureen finds it perfect with steak! Both wines have been leaping off the shelves.
A number of you have inquired after our next sparkling wine as the 2004 is sold out. The bottling machine was in the repair shop forever, so we got pushed back. The tasting trials will be this week. Two hundred bottles are in the riddling box and will be done soon. Assuming no mishaps, the 2005 Blanc de Noir bubbly should be here the week before Thanksgiving! (Please call ahead to double check that it's here before you drive out.)
The grapes are all in and Perry and I along with numerous people who have happened by at the perfect moment, have been way deep into punch downs. This is no easy task which many discovered. Pushing a metal punch down tool through an eight to eighteen inch "cap" of grape skins and seeds three to four times in a 24 hour period is hard work. Our biceps are now measurable!
Pinot Noir, the first grape we harvested, finished fermentation weeks ago and is now in barrels. This is the first red Pinot we will have available to the public (versus the wine club) in years. If the beginning tastes are any indication, it is going to be beautiful! But patience is the key as you won't get to taste it for years.
The Merlot and Cabernet Franc, still in their tanks, are through fermentation and are resting on their skins. We will be pressing them off the skins this week and then putting them in to barrels. The other tanks, also Merlot and Cab. franc, were picked later and are in the thick of their fermentation. I expect them to be finished this weekend.
We had quite a crew harvesting during about ten long days. Once the lugs of grapes were taken to the barn they were emptied into the crusher-destemmer. This ingenious Italian made machine, separates the grapes from their stem, spits the stems out a side chute and then the grapes are gently crushed and sent through a hose into an awaiting tank in the winery. Each of the lugs weighs about 28 pounds filled. Each ton is 2000 lbs. That's a lot of boxes hoisted and dumped. Who needs a gym?!
Now the nets are being untied and raised to the top nails on the trellis posts in preparation for removal. The stakes which held the nets away from the grapes in an effort to lessen the greedy and insistent birds from having their fill, have been pulled and put away.
Perry is looking forward to putting her feet up and eating bon-bons in the near future!
Our five Royal Palm heritage turkeys are busy fattening up and enjoying the left over grapes still on the vines. Sadly for them but wonderful for us, they will shortly be gracing the tables of ourselves and several friends. Wally, our goose, is looking forward to their departure as Tom turkey has taken to charging at her. Most unpleasant and irritating.
We had several members who pitched in during harvest time and brought in the Merlot which will be our new Cacklin' Rosé. It was a glorious day of labouring in the field and then sitting down together for a well deserved lunch under the trees. Thank you to all who helped.
Perry, Chris, and I along with Maureen and Sam will be hosting a little party up in the tasting room for November Wine Club pick up, on Saturday, November 13 from 5-6 PM. We will also offer a surprise tasting at that time.
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2005 Blanc de noir New Release!
100% Pinot noir, it melts in your mouth with it’s tiny bubbles and velvety fresh white cherry finish. Perfect with oysters on the half shell, lobster, or a mushroom risotto.
2008 Cacklin Rosé
Our first ever Merlot rosé parades flavors of strawberry and cranberry with a finish of crisp acidity. Perfectly paired with as autumn picnic of turkey sandwiches and fish tacos. "Or with a steak right off of the grill" says Maureen.
This wine is made entirely of Merlot grapes and aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. Tasting of raspberry and cranberry with an earthy finish this wine is ready to drink now. Try a glass alongside a venison sausage or mussels in a red sauce.
Commodore Perry 2002 Reserve Merlot
In honour of our ancestor, Matthew Calbraith Perry who opened Japan to the West, we have designed a label portraying the "black ship" that arrived on Japan's shores in 1854. This 100% Merlot is soft and fruity with beautifully developed tannins allowing it to age for years to come and was crafted by Olive "Perry" Weiss, named after Matthew's brother, Oliver Hazard Perry, another famous Commodore.
2008 Blush de Noir
100% Pinot Noir this wine has an aroma of apricot with a taste of peach and a citrus twang. Bright and refreshing it's a wine that goes great on a hot summer day by a pool or on the beach. $2 of the proceeds is donated to Kent Animal Shelter, where we got our dog Dekka from! Only 5 cases left!
2008 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
Our 2008 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay has 5 months of french oak barrel aging which gives off a delicious smell of honeysuckle and nectarine. Once on your palate pear, cantaloupe, and apple infuse on your tongue. Try it alongside Peconic Bay scallops or a roasted chicken.
2008 Mostly Steel Chardonnay
2008 Mostly Steel Chardonnay is similar to our last steel style Chardonnay with citrus on the nose and flavors of lemon, honeydew melon, and orange rind. A crisp clean wine which goes great with a cheese platter on a rolling meadow in the spring. We even have a nice meadow for you to have a glass of it on!
2006 Cabernet Franc
90% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot. Raspberry jam and cinnamon and are on the nose and when it hits your palate, ripe cherry, blackberry and plum slide over the tongue finishing with a splash of nutmeg and the varietal character of spice. Enjoy it with a side of Porter House or Sirloin Strip. Free shipping on cases — buy online!
In keeping with our first Rooster Tail this blend (91% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc) has characters of blackberry, mulberry, and a touch of spice. A Lighter, smoother wine (which can even be chilled) which goes perfectly with a burger, pasta, pizza, or leftovers!
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