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Friday, March 23, 2012

2011 Muscat

We are bottling the 2011 Muscat today, here is a bit of a preview:

But first off:

Behold, the sweet-o-meter!

Retail Price $16
Nova Vineyards, Yolo County
60% Moscato Giallo, 40% Muscat Canelli
Giallo hand harvested at 23 brix 9/22/11
Canelli hand harvested at 25 brix 9/19/11
Low temperature 20-day fermentations,
lots were fermented separately
No malolactic fermentation, just a bit of battonage, no oak
3.29 bottling pH
RS/.7 = 7 grams per liter residual sugar
300 cases produced
Hand bottled
12.5% ABV

The Moscato Giallo portion was harvested at lower maturity to impart minerality, acidic backbone and less tropical flavor to the mix while the Muscat Canelli was harvested at its aromatic peak. These come together to make a serious and elegant Muscat with length, great delicacy and just a touch of sweetness. Enjoy with spicy food, fried appetizers or simply chill down and consume while in the sun.

The 2011 vintage was a strange one with very moderate weather, increased humidity and lower temperatures than usual. Usually warm Yolo County experienced many days of fog and a beautifully slow ripening season that produced good minerality, excellent seed ripeness and only moderate skin ripeness with no sunburn or overripe flavors.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Kelseyville Olive Festival - March 18th

3rd Annual Kelseyville Olive Festival
Sunday, March 18, 2012 from 11am to 5pm

5625 Gaddy Lane Kelseyville

Join us for a day of family fun dedicated to the ancient and majestic olive with

Olive Mill Tours
Product Samples
Vendor Booths
Olive Pit Spitting Contest
Silent Auction
Local Beer & Wine Tasting
Local Wine Store
Hula Hoop Contest
People's Choice Olive Oil Contest
Children's Booth
hosted by Miss Lake County &
Miss Outstanding Teen
with crafts, face painting, bubbles
and more!

The event is FREE!
Local beer and wine tasting for $15 
with proceeds benefiting local non-profit groups.

Musical guest Michael Barrish on guitar
Modern Native American flute,
guitars and storytelling
by Kevin Village Stone and Lindy Day

Schedule of Events:
11am - 1pm Michael Barrish
12pm Olive Mill Tour
1pm Story Time
1pm Olive Mill Tour
1:30 - 2pm My Divas
2pm Hula Hoop Contest
followed by Story Time
2:30 - 3pm My Divas
3 - 5pm Kevin Village Stone & Lindy Day
3pm Olive Mill Tour
3:30pm People's Choice Contest, Raffle &
Silent Auction Concludes
4pm Announcements