2013 The Bigness
Blend - red
Dragoon Mountain Vineyard
September 22, 2013
TA: 5.4 g/L
Aged 11 months in 100% neutral French oak and 4 additional months in 33% new French Oak.
The same alluring Tempranillo from the 2012 Bigness accented with the tannin and acidity of Tannat from the same vineyard. The Bigness is an instant crowd favorite and a great canvas to showcase the terroir of the Sulphur Springs Valley in Southeastern AZ. A soft, dark wine with warm spice and pleasant richness. Only 3 barrels produced.
67% Tempranillo and 33% Tannat Cochise County Arizona from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard at 4,300 Ft. elevation.
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top 1/2-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then fermented with specially selected yeasts. Hand-punched 3-4 times daily. Pressed at dryness after 10 days skin contact. Induced malolactic fermentation. Settled 5 days before barreling. Thrice Racked. Unfined and unfiltered.
Drink now or cellar up to 5+ years.