A Cabernet pumpover proceeds at Covert Estate in the Coombsville AVA of Napa Valley. The French term is remontage, which makes the process of pumping fresh juice from the bottom of the tank over the layer of skins and pulp floating at the top of the tank sound glamorous. Pumpovers introduce some oxygen to the wine, while allowing carbon dioxide to escape, as well as helping to extract the important color, flavor and aroma compounds from the skins of the grapes.

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