2014 Will E. Cox
Blend - red
Cimarron Vineyard and Buhl Memorial Vineyard
August 21, 24 & September 3
TA: 5.3 g/L
Aged 11 months in 20% new French oak. Twice racked. Un-fined and unfiltered.
In this blend, we sought to harmonize the elegant red fruit, spice and silky femininity of AZ Grenache with the more powerful characters of Syrah and ~25% whole-cluster-fermented Tempranillo. This wine is becoming a special one for us to highlight the complexity and austerity of Arizona terroir and the beauty of blending. Only 5 barrels produced.
60% Grenache from Buhl Memorial Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 21st - 20% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 24th - 20% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 3rd - Sugar at harvest: 24.8 Brix average
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 1⁄2-, 3⁄4-, and 1-ton bins. Tempranillo was left ~25% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BRL97, D254, VRB, D80, T73). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Alpha) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days average skin contact. Settled 4-5 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar up to 5+ years