2016 Carlson Creek Vineyard Syrah
Carlson Creek Vineyards
TA: 5.6 g/L
Aged 4+ months in 50% 1-year-old French oak (Billon Cooperage) and 7 more months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
After being very impressed by the Carlson family’s Malbec in 2015, we wanted to see what else this up-and-coming vineyard has to offer. In 2016, we vinified 5 different varietals from Carlson Creek Vineyard and were quite pleased with what we saw. This wine is a great example of Arizona Syrah: not too dense or tannic with a balance of fruit, spice, earth characters and an interesting walnut-skin sensation so common of this varietal in our high desert vineyards. You’ll be seeing more of this vineyard in the future!
Willcox AVA - 99% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 18 - 1% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 17 - Sugar at harvest: 25.0 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 (Rhone2056 & VRB). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 3 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years