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(Another) Year in the Vineyard Wine Blog, Week #24 with Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe

(Another) Year in the Vineyard Week #24: August 20-26, 2010 With Wes Hagen, Clos Pepe Summer Arrives Before It’s Over:  Sparkling Harvest Soon! A Week in the Winery:  the Crew Comes Together! Here’s the situation:  it’s 7:33 on Thursday night and it’s very late to be starting my blog.  Tomorrow at 6:00 am I need to open the winery up and get the bottling truck hooked up to water, gas and electricity, and then we plan to bottle almost 2000 cases of 2009 Clos Pepe Estate wine.  Since Monday we’ve been racking, assembling and filtering our 2009’s—testing and making sure the S02, dissolved oxygen and filtration levels and clarity of all 5 lots of the wine are perfect. We planned to do all this work from Monday to Wednesday, take Thursday off (or keep it as an ‘emergency day’, and when the 2009 Pinot Noir ended up taking longer to perfect than we imagined yesterday, we decided to do a ‘small day’ in the winery today, which ended up being 9 am until nearly 4:30.  But in that time we