2015 The Descendants
Blend - white
Dragoon Mountain Vineyard and Deep Sky Vineyard
August 13 & 20
TA: 6.0 g/L
Both components were aged 3+ months in 100% neutral French oak prior to blending. Blend was held 3 additional months in stainless steel. This wine saw only minimal cold-stabilization, did NOT undergo heat stabilization and is filtered, but un-fined.
The bright tropical fruit, spice and higher acid of the Verdelho complement and balance the Viognier’s softer notes of quince, pear and white blossoms. Every year this blend has a silky, clean palate and bright aromatics that pair with a broad range of foods.
67% Viognier from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 Ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 20th - 33% Verdelho from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 Ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 13th - Sugar at harvest: 23.5 Brix average.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked, and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600 & QA23). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 20 days average. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years