2019 Uncle Tannat
Rhumb Line Vineyard
TA: 6.1 g/L
Aged 5 months in 50% new French (Damy Cooperage) and 50% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 6 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
2019 was a strange vintage. Growers across Arizona (and beyond) were faced with the biggest yields we’ve seen in 15 years of making wine. While not necessarily a bad problem, many growers wound up with surplus fruit and were having a hard time finding customers to take it all. We were very fortunate to get a call in the middle of harvest from Michelle Minta and Todd Meyers from Rhumb Line Vineyard. We’d been hearing good things about their grapes, and, although we didn’t really have room for more, we thought it’d be a great way to try some of their fruit, help them out and maybe start a new partnership. While this wine still has that classic Tannat tannin and rich, big finish; the fruit characters are some of the purest and cleanest we’ve ever seen from this varietal. Truly delicious! Only two barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Cochise County - 100% Tannat from Rhumb Line Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 20th - Sugar at harvest: 24.6 Brix.
Destemmed but not crushed to an open-top, 1.5-ton bin. Lot was left ~25% whole cluster. Inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Clos). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 11 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 14 days skin contact. Settled 3 days before barreling.
One of our more special wines of the 2012 vintage. We produced just enough to fill a single barrel and had to top it with Tempranillo when needed. This complex wine has deep, dark fruit; a rich, tannic palate and a touch of Hungarian oak for more smoky character. Uncle Tannat is a special guy who doesn't come out that often, but when he does… look out! Drink now or cellar up to 7+ years.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years