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My Affair with Barbara

2017 May 2
by Gene Fiorot


As you read below Barbara was a difficult lady to deal with.  Nevertheless undaunted we proceeded to do everything imaginable to correct her bad behavior.  We need to thank Zac Brown for his link to Lallemand.  Having battled incomplete MLF, VA odors, and then Brett this was the biggest challenge this suitor has ever encountered.

Happily I can say we tamed her completely and restored her to her original beauty.  There are a few lessons here, especially for neophytes and those without patience.  “Never give up on a wine”

But there are some other interesting things about this Barbera.   Our 2016 vintage exhibits the same problem.  Incomplete MLF.   We tried everything including re-inoculation.  Stuck at about 50 % complete.  Accuvin and Chromatography confirm this result.  I was talking to Frank Musto and I told him about the trouble with this Barbera two years in a row.   He shared he was not surprised as he has been hearing that from everyone too.

So what did Ron Lanza do to Barbara?   I would love to know.    Before you go off thinking the Ph was too low for MLF   it was 3.55.


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