Monster week

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This has been a very busy week for Flaherty Wines. We received nine tons of fruit on Friday evening—4.5 tons each of syrah and petite sirah—which was scheduled for crushing on Saturday morning. That’s easily twice as much fruit as we’ve handled in a day in past vintages, so we were a tad nervous despite […]

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In the midst of harvest

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Things have been crazy around here! We are into our third week of harvest, and it’s been busy. So far, we’ve received about eight tons of syrah and one ton of tempranillo, spread out of over three weekends. The fruit looks really good. I made a syrah sorbet from freshly crushed juice on Saturday (my […]

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Made it through harvest

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The last couple of weekends were busy with pressing out fermented lots. Our main cellar worker, don Armando, was unable to work, so pressing became a family affair. Sean was very enthusiastic about helping, while Ben mostly provided entertainment as he skateboarded around the press pad. Our friend Craig generously offered to help out as […]

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More Syrah, Easter, and Garbanzo Fries

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Tell me again, whose idea was it to double production? I feel like we are being inundated by wave upon wave of wine. Last weekend was a long one, as Good Friday is a holiday in Chile. It is not, however, a holiday for boutique wineries. We spent the day pressing out syrah to make […]

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Harvest has started

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This past Saturday was the first day of the 2011 vintage at Flaherty Wines. Our crush started with Tempranillo again this year, as we picked about two-thirds of the fruit in our little vineyard. The grapes are riper this year than they have been in past vintages, with good sugars and forward fruit characters. This […]

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Preharvest update

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It’s happened again: summer has segued into fall. The days are still warm, but they’ve lost the intensity of summer’s dry heat. The nights are quite cool, the light is changing as the sun moves north, and the morning fog has settled in.  The kids started back to school this week. The country has returned […]

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2010 Harvest report

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We recently finished the first barrel rack for the 2010 vintage, and we have quite the collage of different wines in barrel this year. We received fruit exclusively from the Aconcagua Valley, with four distinctive lots each of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon from the Manzur Encón vineyard next to the Putaendo River, Syrah from the […]

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