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2017 Carlson Creek Vineyard Malbec

2017 Carlson Creek Vineyard Malbec
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Malbec
Appellation
Willcox
Vineyard Designation
Carlson Creek Vineyard and Golden Rule Vineyard
Harvest Date
August 24
Acid
TA: 5.8 g/L
pH
3.75
Aging
Aged 5 months in 50% 1-year-old Russian (Seguin Moreau Cooperage) and 13 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Thrice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
Alcohol %
13.2
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Malbec has been an interesting and surprising feature in our cellar for the past few years now. Like many of the red varietals at Carlson Creek Vineyard, the aromatics of this wine are extremely intense and elevated. But unlike many expressions of Malbec, this wine is always a little brighter and more red-fruit driven. With its added layers of violet, lavender, cassis, green spice and red plum, it makes a pretty and complex wine – even at lower alcohols. AZ Malbec has been turning a lot of heads and this is a definite star from this exciting vineyard! Only two barrels produced.
Vineyard Notes
Willcox AVA - 96% Malbec from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 24th - 2% Cabernet Franc from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 24th - 1% Malbec from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 24th - 1% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 18th - Sugar at harvest: 23.0 Brix
Production Notes
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (MT, BDX, BM45). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
Production
48 cases
Other Notes
Drink now or cellar 5+ years
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