2020 Miss Sandy Jones
Blend - white
TA: 6.3 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.
Miss Sandy Jones has evolved slightly over the years along with our fruit sourcing. Chardonnay has always been the base of this blend, and most years it’s a combination of Chard from two different vineyards. The Carlson Creek Vineyard contributes fresher, more intense aromatics and a slight softness; while the Buhl Memorial Vineyard lends a bright acidity and an almost Burgundian restraint. Sauvignon Blanc from the Sierra Bonita Vineyard, a cooler site than the other three vineyards, lends citrus notes and an intense acidity to balance the softer side of Chardonnay. Ugni Blanc – a newcomer to this blend and our cellar in general – adds additional layers of delicate melon, bright citrus and a hint of macadamia nut. This is a complex and balanced wine suited for any occasion.
Willcox AVA - Arizona - 26% Chardonnay from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 7th - 21% Chardonnay from Buhl Memorial Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 5th - 28% Sauvignon Blanc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 11th - 25% Ugni Blanc from Flying Leap Vineyards. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 27th - 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). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 18 days average. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years