2022 Dos Amigos Vineyard Grenache
Dos Amigos Vineyard
TA: 5.5 g/L
Aged 5 months in 100% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 6 months in 14% 2-year-old French (Damy Cooperage). 28% 3-year-old French (Damy & Ermitage Cooperages) and 58% neutral oak barrels Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
We’ve been raving about Juan Alba’s grape growing prowess for more than 10 years now. He is truly one of Arizona wine’s unsung heroes. Not only is Juan the long-time manager of one of our most important fruit sources (Cimarron Vineyard), but his new Dos Amigos Vineyard is further proof that he is truly a master of Arizona grape farming. This bottling comes from the second of two Grenache picks at Juan’s vineyard in 2022. We don’t frequently bottle Grenache as a vineyard and varietal designate, but this was one of those lots that really stood out to us as something special. This wine has the pretty side we love about Grenache: a delicate strawberry/raspberry fruit, light spice, a hint of rose petals and the classic Grenache character of fallen leaves. But it also has enough body and texture to carry through to a long, delicious finish without being cloyingly sweet. Only seven barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Cochise County, AZ - 97% Grenache from Dos Amigos Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 29th - 2% Syrah from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 21st - 1% Mourvedre from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 19th - Sugar at harvest: 25.2 Brix
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, ¾-ton bins. Lot was left ~20% whole cluster. Inoculated with specially selected yeasts (MT, GRE & UV43). Handpunched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 0 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days skin contact. Settled 2 days before barreling.
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