2016 The Descendants
Blend - white
Dragoon Mountain Vineyard and Deep Sky Vineyard
August 15 & 16
TA: 6.4 g/L
Aged 4 months in 100% neutral French oak (without lees stirring) and 3 months in stainless steel. This wine saw only minimal cold-stabilization, did NOT undergo heat stabilization and is filtered, but un-fined.
The bright tropical fruit, spice and higher acid of the Verdelho complement and balance the Viognier’s softer notes of quince, pear and white blossoms. Every year this blend has a sleek, clean palate and bright aromatics that pair with a broad range of foods. This is one of our two larger white blends of 2016 at a mere 120 cases.
Willcox AVA - 67% Viognier from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 Ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 16th - 33% Verdelho from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 Ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 15th - Sugar at harvest: 23.5 Brix average.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked, and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600 & QA23). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 17 days average. Malolactic fermentation inhibited
Drink within 1-2 years