David Coffaro Vineyard and Winery Winemaker's Diary

Week 5
January 27, 2002 to February 2, 2002 

  Wednesday, January 30, 2002

Here are the revised totals of the 12 wines we are producing this year. 

2001 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
300 Cases, Alcohol 14.3%
100% Sauvignon Blanc 

2001 Estate Zinfandel
935 Cases, Alcohol 14.2%
77% Zin, 9% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignan, 5% Barbera and 4% Cabernet 

2001 Aca Modot
325 Cases, Alcohol 13.9%
47% Cab Sauv, 16% Malbec, 14% Cab Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Barbera and 5% Petite Verdot 

2001 Syrah
180 Cases, Alcohol 13.6%
78% Syrah and 22% Barbera 

2001 Terre Melange
385 Cases, Alcohol 14.3%
38% Carignan, 17% Zinfandel, 15% Pinot, 14% Cab Franc, 9% Barbera and 7% Cabernet 

2001 Estate Cuvee
910 Cases, Alcohol 13.9%
33% Zin, 33% Cab, 21% Carignan, 11% Petite Sirah and 2% Barbera 

2001 Petite Sirah
375 Cases, Alcohol 13.9%
78% Petite Sirah, 17% Zin and 5% Syrah 

2001 Block 4
300 Cases, Alcohol 13.7%
40% Petite Sirah, 40% Zin and 20% other varietals 

2001 Carignan
390 Cases, Alcohol 13.9%
75% Carignan, 22% Zinfandel  and 3% Cab Sauv 

2001 Pinot Noir
50 Cases, Alcohol 14.9%
76% Pinot, 12% Carignan and 12% Barbera 

2001 Late Harvest Sauv Blanc
50 Cases 375 Ml, Alcohol 10%
100% Sauv Blanc 

2001 ZP2C
250 Cases, Alcohol 13.9%
35% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan, 16% Petitie Sirah, 15% Cabernet, 4% Barbera, 4% Pinot Noir, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Syrah, 2% Malbec 

Some of you are probably wondering why we are not making a Cabernet Franc this year, so I will try to explain. In 1999 I bought some first crop Cab Franc from Phil Jones and then was offered his 2nd crop Cab Franc for just the cost of picking. We were surprised that we received over three tons and that the quality was possibly better than the first crop. In 2000 we also received some second crop from Phil. Again it was more than we needed and of better quality than the first crop. SO in 2001 I just contracted for the second crop. BUT no one told the vineyard manager that I was to get the second crop cab franc. Yes, he cut off almost all the second crop before we could pick it. He said he did that so that it was easier for his pickers to see the first crop which mostly goes to Kendall -  Jackson. We thus received less than one ton of grapes. Even by blending I would be able to make less than 100 cases. The problem was that I already sold 120 cases of 2001 cab franc on futures. The ultimate problem was how would I tell some of you that they could have wine and tell the others that they could not. Also we will not be making a cab franc in 2002 thus I have decided not to make it for 2001. I have blended the wine into our Terre Melange. Customers who bought 2001 cab franc will be offered one of three options: 
1) Full Refund
2) An Exchange for any of our 2001 wines of equal value
3) If we don't hear from you we will exchange the Terre Melange for the cab franc. 
Wednesday, January 30, 2002

If you will notice I have clarified option #2 above. Some of you have already requested Aca Modot or Block 4 to substitute for the cab franc. Unfortunately we are running low on supply of those wines. Please e-mail Pat about the adjustments that can be arranged. I am sorry about the confusion. 

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