2017 Dr. Ron Bot
Blend - red
mid-August through mid-September
TA: 5.7 g/L
Aged 4+ months in 17% 2-year-old and 8% 1-year-old French oak barrels. Aged another 7 months in 8% 2-year-old and 8% 1-year-old French oak barrels (Rousseau, Gillet & Ermitage Cooperages). Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We made a killer, one-off Rhone blend back in 2013 and didn’t realize what a nice addition to our permanent portfolio it would be. After watching how incredibly that wine evolved and how people reacted to it, we brought Dr. Ron Bot back as a regular character in our cast a few years later. This vintage is an even balance of depth and richness from Syrah; bright red fruit, spice and gritty tannin of Mourvedre; and soft, strawberry fruit from Grenache. There are a lot of layers to unravel in this one, and it should only get more interesting with time. This is our largest blend of the year at a whopping 12 barrels.
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4- and 1.5-ton bins. All lots were left 8-20% whole cluster except Pillsbury Mourvedre. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone2056, D254, CLOS, D80 & VRB). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days average skin contact. Settled 3 days average before barreling.
Willcox AVA - 33% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 11th - 17% Mourvedre from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 1st - 17% Mourvedre from Pillsbury Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 12th - 17% Grenache from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 16th - 16% Grenache from Pillsbury Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 18th - Sugar at harvest: 24.5 Brix average