2017 Rolling View Vineyard Merlot
Rolling View Vineyard
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 11 months in 50% 2-year-old French oak barrels (Alain Fouquet Cooperage). Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We often find ourselves rooting for the underdog at Chateau Tumbleweed, and Arizona Merlot is a truly worthy cause. This grape has a bad rap, sometimes deservedly, but most often not. We think our desert state makes special Merlot that not only ripens early enough to beat the monsoons, but also isn’t too jammy or overly opulent. Instead, the wines are restrained, showing more bright red fruit, earthy spice and focus. We’re always hunting for more AZ Merlot, but there isn’t much to be found. Thankfully, the Pierce family has been willing to share small amounts of their beautiful Bordeaux varietals with us. And thankfully, they’re doing such great work in their vineyard!
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 (MT & BDX). 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.