This photo from our friends at Stoller Family Estate shows a moment in the punch down process of their latest harvest of Pinot Noir.
What is a punch down process? The term “punch down” means to push down the grapes throughout the wine fermentation process. The traditional methods of stomping grapes with people’s feet have now become grape punching with tools like this pictured. This process protects the juice against mold, while enriching the wines flavors and tannins.