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Feverish Spring

Lots going on at T2 this winter, and now into spring. After a busy bottling season we now have almost all our reds represented in bottle. Starting with a harvest bottling of the first Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre, red bottling continued in January with the Syrah and the Syrah-Grenache-Mourvedre Reserve. We bottled our first Bordeaux in February, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Gamache and Red Willow Vineyards. The SGM is available at West Seattle Cellars and Central Coop (on Capitol Hill). We expect to officially release the SGM-Reserve, Syrah, and Malbec this spring. The cab may wait a bit. Next to bottle will be our 2017 Rose and a very limited bottling of the 2017 Marsanne-Rousanne.

We have three more 2016 reds to bottle, first with a limited bottling of Petit-Verdot (75/25 PV-Malbec), then the second bottling of Malbec and Cab. We split these up partly to keep our February bottling manageable, but this will give us a look into bottle-aging versus barrel aging. The Malbec and Cab we bottled in February was in barrel for 15 months. The rest will probably bottle in August for an additional six months in barrel. The difference should be subtle; the wine is in neutral barrels, so won't get more oak. The Petit-Verdot (-Malbec) is in a stainless tank right now, getting regular tastings to decide when it is ready to bottle.

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