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Sangiovese Merlot blend (2020)  
Livermore - California.  February 2024

Frozen wine must, harvested 2020,shipped from California to my house; from grapesforwine.com.  

  • Arrived February 9, 2024 in a plastic bucket with no box.  Bucket was in good shape. Temperature 40ºF, specific gravity 1.118.   
  • Feb. 10- Mixed pale to pale X2  Temp 56ºF   Added spring water to bring SG to 1.096  Temp now 60ºF  Total volume near 6 gallons. Added:
    • 1 g. KMB- 
    • 8 g. Fermaid-O  
    • 10g. FT Rouge Tannin
    • 10g. Go Ferm Protect
    • 8g. Opti-Red 
    • Added 5g. yeast (Red Star Premier Rouge) several hours later. 
  • 2/11-  Fermentation has started. Temperature 65ºF
  • 2/12- SG-1.085  Punched cap x2 (everyday)
  • 2/13- SG 1.072  temp 69ºF
  • 2/15- SG 1.042  temp 70ºF
  • 2/16- SG 1.030  Sealed proimary with airlock
  • 2/17-     Added 14g oal chips  (mixed toast levels)
  • 2/18- SG 1.014
  • 2/20 SG-1.005
  • 2/23 SG-1.000
  • 2/25 SG- 1.000 Pressed (4.8Gal)  Added Oak chips and cubes.  Started MLF     ABV=13%

Wine must cap in primary fermenter.

Newly purchased wine press. Much better yield than bucket press.  Video here.

Sangiovese (2021)  
Livermore - California  
January  2024

Frozen wine must shipped from California to my house; from grapesforwine.com.  

  • Arrived Jan. 16, 2024. Plastic bucket was crushed but not leaking.  Interesting as the box was undamaged. {Maybe occurred during freezing as it was in a freezer since 2021} Temperature 57ºF, specific gravity 1.094.    Minimal cooling packets.  Glad I purchased in winter.  The box sat at UPS warehouse three days over long weekend.  Next time I'll avoid holiday weekend. 
  • Jan. 17- Starting SG  1.093  Temperature 63ºF  Added
    • - 0.9g. KMB- 
    • 8 g. Fermaid-O  
    • 10g. FT Rouge Tannin
    • 10g. Go Ferm Protect
    • 8g. Opti-Red 
    • Lalvin RC 212 yeast after five hours.
  • 1/19- SG- 1.086  Stirred, Fermentation active.
  • Punch Cap twice everyday.
  • 1/22- SG-1.034
  • 1/31- SG-0.997  Pressed- Added MLF bacteria and Oak.  Got about 4.75 gallons from press.  Better than anticipated. 

Sangiovese bucket upon arrival

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