2017 Cimarron Vineyard Graciano
TA: 5.7 g/L
Aged 11 months in 25% 1-year-old (Ermitage Cooperage) and 75% neutral French oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
This Graciano has been one of our more exciting wine surprises of late. We didn’t know much about the varietal when Todd & Kelly Bostock first offered us some in 2014. As always, we were curious and excited to try something new, so we gave it a shot. We continue to be blown away by the bright and spicy watermelon/plum fruit, the juicy acidity and the small, grippy tannins of this varietal. This grape has become such a favorite that we always put it in one of our favorite newer barrels (French oak from the Ermitage Cooperage) while keeping 3⁄4 of the lot in neutral oak. This retains and en- hances that beautiful red fruit and focus while adding just a hint of mid-palate weight and wood spice. Not everyone understands this varietal, but those who give it some time and thought will not be sorry!
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~8% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (CLOS, T73 & 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.