2020 Earth Cuckoo
Blend - red
August and September
TA: 5.9 g/L
Aged 11 months in 14% new Hungarian and 86% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 7 months in 14% new French, 14% new Hungarian and 72% neutral oak barrels. Thrice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
Since we first concocted this blend seven vintages ago, our idea was to make a special Spanish-style blend using some of the best barrels in the cellar. It’s become so popular that we increased production this year from four barrels to seven! We started with four-and-a-half of our best Tempranillo barrels as the dark, rich core of the blend. We then selected our best barrel-and-a-half of Grenache for its light, strawberry fruit. Lastly, we stole the best Graciano barrel in the cellar for its acidity, spicy plum/watermelon character and fine tannins. We then aged the blend for 18 months while giving it a touch of French and Hungarian oak. An homage to the wines of Rioja (with a fair amount of poetic license!).
Willcox AVA – Arizona - 65% Tempranillo from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 5th - 21% Grenache from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 31st - 14% Graciano from Rhumb line Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 24th - Sugar at harvest: 24.5 Brix average
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, ¾-ton bins. All lots were left ~25-30% whole-cluster. Inoculated with specially selected yeasts (T73, VRB, D254, BRL97, V1116 & UV43). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 4 Brix average. Pressed at dryness after 10 days average skin contact. Settled 3 days average before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 6+ years