2022 Miss Sandy Jones
Blend - white
August and September
TA: 6.2 g/L
Aged 6 months in stainless steel (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 at the base of this blend, and most years it’s a combination of Chard from two different vineyards. We had a hard time finding enough in 2022, so Carlson Creek Vineyard is our solo Chardonnay component this year, contributing its spicy melon to the nose and richness to the palate. Malvasia Bianca from Dos Amigos Vineyard kicks up the tropical and floral aromatics, while Sauvignon Blanc from the Sierra Bonita Vineyard lends citrus notes and a bracing acidity to balance the softer side of Chardonnay. Roussanne and Grenache Blanc add notes of honeydew, tangerine and another layer of gracefulness to the palate. This is a complex and balanced wine suited for any occasion!
Willcox AVA – Arizona - 34% Chardonnay from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 24th - 24% Malvasia Bianca from Dos Amigos Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 24th - 19% Sauvignon Blanc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested on Aug. 11th - 14% Roussanne from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 6th - 9% Grenache Blanc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested on Sept. 8th - Sugar at harvest: 22.1 Brix average.
All varietals pressed whole-cluster. Juice then settled 48 hours, racked and inoculated with specially selected yeasts (Rhone4600, QA23, R-HST & OKAY). Fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 25 days average. Malolactic fermentation inhibited.
Drink within 1-2 years