2018 The Descendants
Blend - white
August 2 - 13
TA: 6.2 g/L
Aged 3 months in stainless steel and 3 months in 100% neutral French oak (without lees stirring). This wine saw only minimal cold-stabilization, did NOT undergo heat-stabilization and is filtered, but unfined.
In the past, this wine blended two-thirds Viognier with one-third Verdelho. When we learned this year that we are no longer able to source Verdelho, we decided it was time to do something we had always discussed – turn Descendants into a blend of Rhone varietals. The intense quince, pear and white blossom characters of Viognier still play the lead role in the blend. But they are now accentuated with Roussanne, which adds a layer of richness and spice, while Grenache Blanc gives the wine acidity, focus and a beautiful citrus note. It’s not the most common blend you’ll see, but we think it’s delicious.
- 67% Viognier from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 2nd - 21% Roussanne from Colibri Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 5,200 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 16th - 12% Grenache Blanc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 15th - Sugar at harvest: 22.8 Brix average.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 22 days average. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years