2018 Carlson Creek Vineyard Sangiovese
Carlson Creek Vineyards
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 11 months in 67% 4-year-old French (Ermitage & Gillet cooperages) and 33% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We usually source Sangiovese from two or three different vineyards every year. It’s a special varietal for us and definitely one that shows quite a bit of variation from vineyard to vineyard. This small bottling comes from Carlson Creek Vineyard, which is south of Willcox – a stones-throw from Cimarron Vineyard where we also source small amounts of Sangio. The Carlson Sangio tends to be a little more feminine -- less tannic and a little lighter in color than the fruit from Cimarron. But the wine always has an intense and bright cherry character coupled with a much silkier palate. There is also a fascinating, faint green spice adding another layer to this very pretty wine. Only three barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Cochise County, AZ - 98% Sangiovese from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 6th - 2% Sangiovese from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 30th - Sugar at harvest: 23.8 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~20% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BM45, BRL97 & Clos). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 9 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
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