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Noted columnist Dan Berger is writing a book on Cabernet Sauvignon, and he and I regularly discuss a common mental ailment among my winemaker colleagues that I call "pyra-noia," a morbid fear of Cabernet varietal character and in particular, the bell pepper aroma attributed to 2-Isobutyl-3-methoxypyrazine, or IMBP.
Short answer is, you’ll do well to get below 1 ppm, and 4 ppm is where most wineries panic and sparge w N2 upon receipt. I hate this procedure, which strips volatiles, so let’s avoid pickup in the first place.
Let’s first talk about how you achieve this, then some debunking with theory.
Tips for loading a wine while minimizing DO pickup:
I have been working a blog post to the PA wine industry regarding how winemakers can deal with high potassium wines. For the past few years, we've been dealing with wines that have an extremely high pH (4.0+) and usually the TA is low, too (<6.0 g/L).
Took your course at UCD, discovered then that we overlapped at college.
I am a Cab grower for a high end Napa winery, 10 years. We are re-negotiating price, and I am advocating a higher price because they want very ripe fruit, 28-9 Brix. Obviously this reduces my yield. Are they getting more wine by adding water to the must, or is there another way to ferment dry at high Brix?
We have been using PM Winemaking as a topic of discussion. My crew tells me I'm post modern.
So ... lees. If we don't want them with some wine for a while, what do we do in the interim? Have you cleverly figured a system for storing lees? As a tiny producer options like freezing would work for me. I use freezers regularly, 55 gal drums are great for cryo- extraction.
Thanks for putting out the book, good food for thought.
My favorite corollary of Murphy's law is "Nothing is impossible for the guy who doesn't have to do it himself." Today's case in point, this time a person rather than a guy, is Sheila Donohue's astonishing blog in which she touts the virtues of fiscal irresponsibility in the name of Natural Wine. Check out https://sheilad.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/how-wine-making-is-supposed-to-...