2019 Cimarron Vineyard Picpoul Blanc
TA: 6.6 g/L
Aged 6 months in stainless steel. This wine saw only minimal cold-stabilization, did NOT undergo heat-stabilization and is filtered, but unfined.
Picpoul Blanc (which translates to “lip-stinger”) is known for its bright, lemony character and razor sharp acidity. We picked this fruit fairly early (20.5 Brix) and arrested the fermentation with about 1/3% residual sugar to balance the impact of the grape’s high acid. This remarkably light and refreshing wine is more reminiscent of a lemon-lime soda pop than our typical white wines. It’s also a perfect pairing for a hot AZ day – which is probably why it always sells out so fast… Every year we beg Todd & Kelly Bostock to sell us a little more of this fruit, but they never budge. We’ll just count ourselves lucky that they continue to peel off one ton of this fruit for us every year!
Willcox AVA – Cochise County - 100% Picpoul Blanc from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 26th - Sugar at harvest: 20.5 Brix.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 25 days. Fermentation arrested around 1/3% residual sugar. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years