King harvest (has surely come)

Pinot harvested today, thanks to the good offices of friends, family, an Italian student winemaker and an itinerant American drummer. Two big barrels full, so we should do better than last year, but I’ll know the numbers in a day or so when the grapes have been crushed. Meanwhile, the syrah sits in the vines, waiting another week or two. Is there enough for a half barrel? Dunno…

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Meanwhile, here’s the finished label for our first pinot, still to be printed, but we have 150 bottles waiting for them. As this wine will not be sold, the label doesn’t have the usual paraphenalia — 13.5% alcohol, etc — but they might be added to the 2009 label. At the moment, the 2008 is still too new in the bottles to be really drinkable: I ought to leave it alone for a few months, but it will be difficult to resist…

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