2015 Le Blend
Blend - red
Cimarron Vineyard and Juan Alba Vineyards
August & September
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 11 months in 20% new French oak (Billon Cooperage). Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
Sangiovese adds a feminine layer of rose petals and red fruit. Syrah contributes dark fruit, tannin and earthy spice. Tempranillo gives even more depth and concentration, while Graciano ups the spicy/juicy, dark plum character. A balanced wine great for pairing with a range of foods, this is one of our largest blends of 2015 at only five barrels.
39% Sangiovese from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 8th - 31% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 26th - 15% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 1st - 15% Graciano from Juan Alba Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 9th - Sugar at harvest: 24.4 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open top 3⁄4-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BRL97, Rhone2056, D254, VRB, CLOS, T73, etc). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days average skin contact. Settled 3 days average before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 3-5+ years