TA: 6.3 g/L
Aged 4 months in one neutral French oak barrel (without lees stirring) and 2 months in stainless steel. This wine saw only minimal cold-stabilization, did NOT undergo heat stabilization and is filtered, but un-fined.
This is our fifth vintage working with this little planting of Arneis from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard. While we love working with this grape, it comes from a tiny block (only ~1/3 acre) that doesn’t yield a lot of fruit. In 2017 we got less than a half-ton, which produced only 1 barrel of wine. This is the richest vintage we’ve seen yet, but the wine still exhibits the varietal’s classic delicate complexity of lime, pear, apple and white blossom characters.
Willcox AVA - 98% Arneis from Dragoon Mountain Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 10th - 2% Chardonnay from Buhl Memorial Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 8th - Sugar at harvest: 22.9 Brix.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked, and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (R4600). Fermented in one neutral French oak barrel at 65F for 15 days. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years