We checked on the 2015 wine tonight and we’re very excited about this vintage.
536 bottles are corked and labeled. After 2 years and 3 months in barrel, many rackings, and a final blending we are very proud of this finished wine. It is full bodied but very smooth. It’s also very clear and clean. Because we want to always get better I am usually our biggest critic but this wine just makes me smile.
We named it Tavola, which is Italian for table. We wanted to choose an Italian word because the blend includes 60% Sangiovese, an Italian varietal. We chose “table” in honor of our family who loves to linger together in the dining room telling stories, chatting about family history, laughing and caring for each other. And the table is where we make new memories! Our son-in-law, Brian, visualized and created our fantastic label and we love it! When you look at it you can imagine the joy of spending time around this table with your favorite people, laden with an abundance of great food and wine!
As always we are so grateful to our faithful crew. Dennis, Julie, Russ, and Jeanne are friends who are like family. They are always there to help when we need it and our time in the wine barn is always more fun because they are there. We couldn’t do a bottling of this size without them!
It was a beautiful week for a trip to Benton City! The weather was crisp and warm, the sky was bright blue, and the vineyards along the way were heavy with grape clusters.
After settling in we enjoyed stretching our legs during a long walk on the Richland Riverwalk and then had a delicious dinner at Tagaris Winery. We watched a beautiful sunset before going to bed, knowing we had an early wake-up and long day ahead. In the morning, our freshly picked grapes came out of the vineyard just as we arrived at Kiona. After weighing and transferring them to our totes they loaded the grapes into the truck where Brad secured them for the ride home. Kiona Vineyard is on Red Mountain and it is such a beautiful place. I never tire of taking pictures of the scenery and activity in this special spot.
Back at home we are always so grateful for our willing crew! Thank you to Dennis, Julie, Rian, and Izzie for all of your hard work!1500 pounds of beautiful grapes are now fermenting in the wine barn. We are excited to be adding another chapter to the JBradley Wine story with vintage 2016.
Finally, our 2013 wine was ready to be bottled! We were overjoyed as our family and our friend Dennis arrived for the fun and festivities. It was a hard working and hilarious crew.
We had two new machines to help with the job. A 10-pad filter helped to fine the wine as it poured into a new automatic bottling machine that filled 6 bottles simultaneously. Brad had worried about these new processes and had done several test runs (with water), so everything went smoothly. The only hiccup during the day was with our corker! The handle broke about halfway through the job. Bo tried using a make-shift handle but even with all of his cross fit training, he needed more leverage for this job. We enjoyed a break together while Brad went to borrow one and we could finish.
The weekend was a mix of work, laughter, recreation, and wonderful family time. When we work together in the wine barn we are always reminded that one of the main reasons we enjoy this hobby so much is the time spent with family and friends.
At the end of the day there are 46 new cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and Lemberger in the JBradley barn. It will rest for a few more months to let “the magic happen in the bottle” before we begin drinking it.
As always, we celebrate the cycle from harvest to bottling!
The annual growth cycle of grapevines is the process that takes place in the vineyard each year, beginning with bud break in the spring and culminating in leaf fall in autumn followed by winter dormancy. From a winemaking perspective, each step in the process plays a vital role in the development of grapes with ideal characteristics for making wine.
This is happening right here at JBradley, in our little row of grapevines.