Spring is definitely here at AmByth. We had a beautiful Saturday, April the 21st, and took the opportunity to move the amphoras and barrels outside for a little boost to primary and secondary fermentations. It was necessary to taste everything (sigh), the report is good. 2012 will not be a disappointing vintage. Not a huge crop load, so only 18 or 19 different wines made, a few more than ’11 but less than ’10. The rose in particular is still working away by itself, we of course, refuse to add anything to speed it up or filter it so it can go on the market. With any luck it might be ready for mid to late summer but if it isn’t then it will be wonderful in Spring 2014. We leave a little longer skin contact on our Rose, so that allows for good aging as well as good early drinking, a great combination in any wine.
Cheers, and enjoy the Spring, Phillip & Mary