2015 Will E. Cox
Blend - red
Cimarron Vineyard and Pillsbury Vineyard
August & September
TA: 5.7 g/L
Aged 11 months in 14% new and 14% 2-year-old French oak (Damy Cooperage). Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
In this blend, we seek to harmonize the elegant red fruit, spice and silky femininity of AZ Grenache with the more powerful characters of Syrah and Tempranillo. This wine is becoming a special one for us to highlight the complexity and austerity of Arizona terroir and the beauty of blending. One of our largest blends of the vintage at only 7 barrels.
42% Grenache from Pillsbury Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 8th - 14% Grenache from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 8th - 23% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 26th - 21% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 1st - Sugar at harvest: 24.8 Brix average
Destemmed, but not crushed to open top 3⁄4-ton bins. Grenache was left ~15% whole cluster, Syrah ~25% whole cluster. 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 9 days average skin contact. Settled 3 days average before barreling.
Drink now or cellar up to 5+ years