2016 D.A. Ranch Petite Sirah
TA: 6.5 g/L
Aged 4 months in 100% new French oak (Rousseau Cooperage) and 11 more months in 100% neutral oak. Thrice racked. Filtered, but un-fined.
One of the many cool things about our partnership with the Petznick Family from D.A. Ranch is that we now have access to very small amounts of high-quality Verde Valley grapes thoughtfully managed by our own Jeff Hendricks. While we don’t work with a lot of Petite Sirah at Chateau Tumbleweed, we think this stuff is special. Not only is it grown in a relatively cool area (the Oak Creek Valley in Page Springs), it also grows in a fairly calcareous section of the vineyard, making it one of the more restrained and balanced Petites we’ve come across. For a little twist, this wine spent a couple months in a brand new French barrel after we used it to ferment some D.A. Ranch Seyval Blanc.
Yavapai County - 97% Petite Sirah from D.A. Ranch Vineyard. Yavapai County, AZ. 3,500 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 7th - 2% Syrah from D.A. Ranch Vineyard. Yavapai County, AZ. 3,500 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 8th - 1% Cabernet Sauvignon from D.A. Ranch Vineyard. Yavapai County, AZ. 3,500 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 26th - Sugar at harvest: 24.3 Brix.
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone2056, VRB, D80). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 13 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
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