2016 Cimarron Vineyard Mourvedre
TA: 6.0 g/L
Aged 4+ months in 50% 1-year-old French oak (Ermitage Cooperage) and 7 more months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
We had been missing Mourvedre in our cellar for a few years, so in 2016 we decided to try a little bit from two different vineyards. This is our first time working with this varietal from Cimarron Vineyard and it’s much like we had hoped it to be. While it does have the wild spice so characteristic of AZ Mourvedre, it’s a little more tempered, giving way to the grape’s pure, clean fruit. Coupled with the bright acidity and tannic structure so common of this vineyard, this is a fantastic wine. We’re so glad to have you back Mourvedre!
Willcox AVA - 100% Mourvedre from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 6th - Sugar at harvest: 24.0 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~10% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone2056 & D254). 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