2014 Earth Cuckoo
Blend - red
Cimarron Vineyard and Buhl Memorial Vineyard
August 23, 29 & Sept 3
Aged 14 months in 25% Hungarian oak. Thrice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
We wound up with a few Spanish varietals in our cellar during the 2014 vintage and were compelled to give a nod to the amazing wines of Rioja. We chose the first cut from each lot to create a special wine; more complex than any of the individual components. The dark, rich core of Tempranillo is accented with the bright red fruit and spice of the Grenache. The touch of Graciano adds acidity, spicy plum character and fine tannins. Our first year making Earth Cuckoo won’t be the last.
62% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 29th - 25% Grenache from Buhl Memorial Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 23rd - 13% Graciano from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation Harvested Sept. 3rd - Sugar at harvest: 25.0 Brix average
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 3⁄4-ton bins. Tempranillo was left ~20% whole-cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (D80, BRL97, T73, VRB, Rhone2056). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Alpha) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 11 days average skin contact. Settled 4-5 days average before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 6+ years
(Oct 2, 2017 at 8:01 PM)
This Rioja-blend is stunning! More fruit-forward and flavorful than a Spanish Crianza, this wine has the bouquet of a Beaujolais-Villages but with the heft and acidity of a Chianti. Delightful, surprising wine and a true standout in the Tumbleweed catalog. One of my absolute favorites!