2015 Cimarron Vineyard Graciano
August 26 and September 1 & 3
TA: 6.1 g/L
Aged 11 months in 25% new French oak (Ermitage Cooperage). Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
Graciano is still pretty new to us, but this vintage helped us realize what a special grape this is. This complex wine has bright red fruit reminiscent of spicy plum with a hint of watermelon and the interplay between acidity and the tight, gripping tannins is truly special. We held all 4 barrels we made for this designate: 3 neutral French barrels and our most subtle, new French barrel of the year. This has to be one of the best wines we’ve made yet!
96% Graciano from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 1st - 3% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard, Cochise County. AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 26th - 1% Cabernet Franc from Rolling View Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 3rd - Sugar at harvest: 24.8 Brix
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~10% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (CLOS, T73, VRB). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 13 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
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