The peaceful, summertime quiet of the winery and the crush pad is officially over.  The great wall of half-ton picking bins stacked up along the edge of the pavement is back.  The press has been in operation every day, all day, for a week.  And that beautiful, pungent smell of fermenting grapes is in the air.  You can smell it up and down this gorgeous valley.  To us, the smell is beautiful for two reasons,  First, it is by itself a wonderful smell, of nature at work, of the cycle of all organic matter being used and transformed and reused.  But the smell also hints of the finished wines to come and of the mind-altering, complex, lingering aromas which will develop over time, in the fermenter, the barrel, and the bottle, to be released much later in your glass.
As of today, all of our white wine grapes have been picked.  That’s the earliest vintage ever for our Chardonnays.  The flavors are tremendous, deep, rich, and full of brilliant spice notes.  The acidity is bright and lively and promises to produce white wines of intensity and balance.  Kirk and Derek are combing the Valley daily, taking fruit samples for tasting and for getting a Brix reading.  Brix is a measurement scale to show the concentration of sugars in a solution, and this time of the year, it’s on everyone’s lips: “What is the brix?”  This question is asked almost daily about any vineyard waiting to be harvested.

Measuring brix

We use a variety of methods to measure brix.  Often, in the field, we use a spectrometer.  This is a hand held instrument with a refracting lens.  Grape juice is applied to a slide, and when you hold the spectrometer up to the sunlight and look through the lens, the light coming through the juice is refracted against a visible scale inside the viewing lens.  In the winery, we’ll often use a hydrometer, which looks like a large thermometer.  But it floats in liquid to measure specific gravity, which is a way of comparing the density of a liquid against the density of pure water.  Depending on the density of the liquid you are measuring, it floats to a different level, and a brix scale is printed on the side.  But our favorite toy for measuring brix is called a densitometer.  This is a sophisticated piece of handheld electronics.  You draw the liquid in through a straw, press a button, and the brix measurement is displayed digitally.  Fast, efficient, accurate, and super cool.

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B Cellars Star Chardonnay

Sauvignon Blanc

B Cellars Blend 27
2019 BLEND 23
B Cellars Blend 27

Pinot Noir

B Cellars Blend 27
2019 ROSÉ

Sold Out

Jewell Vineyard

Jewell Vineyard is part of the Dutton Ranch in the Russian River AVA in Sonoma.

It is just north of the town of Sebastopol, approximately 28 miles west of B Cellars.

B Cellars sources Sauvignon Blanc, specifically Musqué clone.

Date Harvested: August 31, 2020

Tons Picked: TBD

Estate Vineyard

Our Estate Vineyard is located right here at the winery at 703 Oakville Cross Road in Oakville.

We grow Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc in our Estate vineyards.

2019 Rosé – Sold Out

Date Harvested: August 31, 2020

Tons Picked: TBD

Dinner Vineyard

Richard Dinner Vineyard is located on the hillsides of Sonoma Mountain.

It is approximately 15 miles southwest of B Cellars, as the crow flies.

B Cellars sources Chardonnay from Richard Dinner Vineyard

2019 Richard Dinner Vineyard Chardonnay – coming March, 2021

Date Harvested: August 28, 2020

Tons Picked: TBD

Oso Vineyard

Oso Vineyard is located in in Pope Valley, CA, on the southeastern slopes of Howell Mountain.

It is approximately 10 miles north east of B Cellars, as the crow flies.

B Cellars sources Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Oso Vineyard

Date Harvested: August 28, 2020

Tons Picked: TBD

Calesa Vineyard

Calesa Vineyard is located in Sonoma Coast in the newly formed Petaluma Gap AVA..

It is approximately 20 miles southwest of B Cellars, as the crow flies.

B Cellars sources Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Calesa Vineyard

2018 Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay – sold out

2017 Calesa Vineyard Pinot Noir

Varietal: Chardonnay

Date Harvested: August 28, 2020

Tons Picked: TBD

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