2019 The Descendants
Blend - white
August and September
TA: 6.0 g/L
Aged 4 months in stainless steel and 2 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.
Now in its second year as a blend of 100% Rhone varietals, the 2019 Descendants has a base of Roussanne from two different vineyards. The Sierra Bonita Vineyard lends brighter fruit and acidity while the Colibri Vineyard gives a subtle note of soft melon and a streak of minerality. Deep Sky Vineyard Viognier has long been a part of this blend and once again brings its classic notes of white blossom, quince and pear. The Addition of Grenache Blanc contributes more juicy acidity and a twist of citrus character. The blend was aged partly in stainless steel and partly in neutral oak barrels to round out its fresh acidity. This is a complex and refreshing wine suited for any occasion.
Arizona - 25% Roussanne from Colibri Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 5,200 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 31st - 23% Roussanne from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 7th - 36% Viognier from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 17th - 16% Grenache Blanc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 22nd - Sugar at harvest: 22.6 Brix average.
Pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600, QA23, Sensy). All lots fermented separately in stainless steel at 55 F for 18 days average. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years