2015 Cimarron Vineyard Picpoul Blanc
TA: 6.0 g/L
Aged 6+ months in stainless steel. This wine saw only minimal cold-stabilization, did NOT undergo heat stabilization and is filtered, but un-fined.
March 16, 2016
Picpoul Blanc (which translates to “lip-stinger”) is known for its bright, lemony character and razor sharp acidity. We picked this fruit fairly early (20.5 Brix) and arrested the fermentation with about 1⁄2% residual sugar to balance the impact of the grape’s high acid. This remarkably light and refreshing wine is more reminiscent of a lemon-lime soda pop than our typical white wines. A perfect pairing for a hot AZ day!
97% Picpoul Blanc from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 26th - 3% Albariño from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 13th - Sugar at harvest: 20.5 Brix.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked, and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 19 days. Fermentation arrested around 1⁄2% residual sugar. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years