2020 Merlot Frozen Grape Must – Livermore Valley California
- Brix: 24
- pH: 3.60
- TA: .56 (5.6 g/L)
Pail Container Size: 6 Gallons
Amount of Must: ~5.25 Gallons
Must Weight: 50 pounds
Machine picked perfection at the perfect time. Machine picking uses laser guided and optical technology to make sure that bad grapes are rejected and that only the best grapes are picked off the vines. The grapes are then sent through a blower to ensure a fair amount of extraneous materials are removed. We then take these grapes for processing and freezing the same day.
This vineyard is located in Livermore, California in the Livermore Valley. The historic Livermore Valley is one of California’s most prestigious wine grape growing regions. The combination of elevation, temperatures, soil drainage is extremely ideal for vineyards to flourish and produce high-quality grapes.
This particular vineyard located outside within 5 miles of Ruby Hill and across from a water preserve experiences a slightly cooler effect at night which promotes a later harvest and longer hang time on the vine. This, in turn, allows for increased absorption of nutrients and the flavors, in turn, are phenomenal. The climate of this growing region has been compared to Calistoga and St. Helena in the Northern Napa Valley.
With an average yield of 150-175 gallons per ton of grapes, you should see a little more than approximately 3.75 to 4 gallons per 50-pound bucket. Our must arrives with less than 4% MOG, all grapes are machine picked unless otherwise stated. Machine picking gives you more workable grape must per pound than hand picking.
Since, 1978, the United States Federal Government has made home winemaking legal with certain restrictions:
1) A household of two adults or more can make up to 200 gallons of homemade wine annually.
2) Single adult households can make up to 100 gallons of homemade wine annually.
State and local restrictions may apply. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. You should research your own state and any updates to current legal code.
We typically ship within 1-2 business days, however, if you are located on the East Coast and place an order on Wednesday-Friday we may not ship until the following Monday. This is because we don’t want the pails to sit in a shipping warehouse of unknown temperature over the weekend. The shipping carriers usually give an estimate and we don’t want it to take more than 5 days transit time to reach you. West Coast orders will also typically ship out within 1 business day.