2018 Carlson Creek Vineyard Syrah
Carlson Creek Vineyard
TA: 5.6 g/L
Aged 5 months in 50% 2-year-old French (Rousseau Cooperage) and 50% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 6 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We’ve been sourcing a few varietals from Carlson Creek Vineyard for the past four vintages now and have been impressed with the fruit quality and the way the Carlson’s are improving their game every year. It’s always exciting to learn the character of a new vineyard and we feel like we’re really getting to know this one. Everything we source from CCV seems to have more intense, inviting aromatics and fuller, richer palates than their counterparts from other vineyards. The nose leaps out of this Syrah with a beautiful balance of fruit, earth and spice. The palate reflects this balance and adds an interesting walnut- skin note so common of this varietal in our high-desert vineyards. Only two barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Cochise County, AZ - 99% Syrah from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 13th - 1% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 6th - Sugar at harvest: 23.5 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4-ton bins. Lot was left ~13% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (D254 & D80). 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.
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