2013 Cimarron Vineyard Syrah
August 20, 2013
TA: 5.9 g/L
Aged 6 months in 23% new French oak and 9 additional months in 100% neutral French oak.
One of our most special wines of 2013 and one of Joe’s proudest Syrahs in 10 years. Fermented ~33% whole-cluster for added structure and spice, this wine is dark, layered and complex while still showing remarkable balance. Only three barrels produced.
100% Syrah Cochise County Arizona from Cimarron Vineyards at 4,300 Ft. elevation.
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~33% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone2056 & VRB). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Alpha) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 7+ years.