2018 Cimarron Vineyard Tempranillo
August 6 and 8
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 11 months in 33% new Hungarian (Dargaud & Jaeglé Cooperage) and 67% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 7 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Thrice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We’ve been working with Todd & Kelly Bostock’s beautiful Tempranillo for 6 years now, and it has proven itself to make a consistently great wine with a spectacular balance of power and finesse. While most of this wine goes into blends every year, we hold the best three barrels for extended aging and single-varietal bottling. Like years past, we put a portion of this wine in a newer, water-bent Hungarian oak barrel for added notes of spice, maple, smoke and a marked roundness on the palate. Only 74 cases produced.
Willcox AVA – Cochise County - 97% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 6th and 8th - 2% Graciano from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 30th - 1% Grenache from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 1st - Sugar at harvest: 24.8 Brix average.
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, ¾-ton bins. Lot was left ~10% whole cluster. Inoculated with specially selected yeasts (CLOS, T73 & VRB). 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.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years