2016 Cimarron Vineyard Syrah
TA: 5.7 g/L
Aged 4+ months in 50% 1-year-old Romanian oak (Gillet Cooperage) and 7 more months in 100% neutral French oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
It’s hard to believe we’ve been working with Cimarron Syrah for five vintages now. It’s become a real staple in our cellar. Not only does this wine make its way into a couple of our important blends, we always pull our favorite few barrels for a vineyard/varietal designate. After last year’s successful experiment putting this rich, complex Syrah in Romanian oak, we did it again, giving it an additional layer of smoky, spicy oak.
Willcox AVA - 99% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 20th - 1% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 17th - Sugar at harvest: 25.1 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, D254, CLOS & UV43). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 11 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years