2015 Carlson Creek Vineyards Malbec
Carlson Creek Vineyards
August 11 & 20
TA: 6.2 g/L
Aged 4+ months in 33% new French oak (Alain Fouquet Cooperage) and 10 months in 100% neutral oak. Thrice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
This is Chateau Tumbleweed’s first foray into Malbec and we’re pretty sure you’re going to see a lot more of this varietal in Arizona’s future. This wine has gorgeous floral elements of violet and lavender coupled with deep, brooding characters of cassis and ripe plum. A definite star from the up-and-coming Carlson Creek vineyard!
95% Malbec from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 20th - 5% Merlot from Rolling View Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 11th - Sugar at harvest: 24.8 Brix
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 3⁄4-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BDX & MT). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days skin contact. Settled 4 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years