|January 2015. Steve racking and blending
the 2013 Petite Sirah. The wine was pushed
out of the barrels using nitrogen gas, thus
avoiding pumping the wine.
|This fun machine cleans
out barrels. The barrels
are hoisted in their rack
with a forklift, turned
upside down, and
hi-pressure water is
injected, rinsing out the
|After racking and cleaning the barrels, the
2013 Petite Sirah was placed back into the
barrels for additional aging. Bottling of three
of these barrels occurred in April of 2015. The
fourth barrel, the French Oak barrel #12, is
highlighted in the photo & description on the
left side of this page.
|Filling the barrels after racking. The wine was pushed from the barrels into the stainless steel tank using
Nitrogen gas. Once the barrels were washed out using that fun machine in the photo above, the stainless
tank was lifted up via the forklift. Gravity flow was used to fill the barrels. This is an old method that is
very gentle on the wine.
|There it is! Barrel #12. This is a French Oak
barrel made from trees grown in the Nevers
and Allier forests in France by noted cooper
Alain Fouquet. Inside is the 2013 Paso
Robles Late Bottled Petite Sirah. We bottled
this great wine in January 2016.
|2014 Sierra Foothills
in the fermenter.
|The aftermath of the South Napa Earthquake of 8/23/14 (3:20
am). Believe it or not, only 2 bottles were lost here. It turns out
the main strand of this previously unknown fault is right in our
own backyard. No structural damage at Counter Punch World
Headquarters but lots of broken items (especially in the kitchen).
|Every winery needs a truck to haul
their stuff around!