2016 Carlson Creek Vineyard Malbec
Carlson Creek Vineyard and Golden Rule Vineyard
TA: 6.1 g/L
Aged 15 months in 25% new Romanian oak (Gillet Cooperage). Thrice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
This is Chateau Tumbleweed’s second year with Carlson Creek Malbec and we’re even more impressed than last year. Once again, this wine is the whole package: gorgeous floral elements of violet and lavender; deep, brooding characters of cassis and ripe plum; and a hint of earthy, green spice to round it all out. A definite star from this exciting young vineyard! Only four barrels produced.
Willcox AVA - 99% Malbec from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 2nd - 1% Cabernet Franc from Golden Rule Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 27th - Sugar at harvest: 23.8 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~13% whole-cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (T73, BM45). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years