ceratina: specks 2012

The Technicals:

Total Alcohol: 13.3% pH: 3.63 TA: 6.6

Bottled August 5th, 2013. 30 Cases Produced.

100% Ft. Bowie: Shop Block Sangiovese

Picked September 2nd, 2012 at 24.5 Brix, 3.7pH

Destemmed and inoculated with cultured yeast

September 3rd. Fermentation completed September 8th. 11 months in neutral Hungarian Oak Barrique.

The History:

For the inaugural vintage, two tons of fruit were picked from the Bowie Vineyard in Cochise County, approximately 25 miles east of Willcox, AZ. The first varietal to be picked was the Cabernet Sauvignon from a vineyard block known as the Shop Block. A few days later the Sangiovese was picked from the same block.

We ended up with four barriques of wine, two Sangiovese and two Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon to make the Super Tuscan - style blend, Fallout.

Ceratina, the wine (pronounced ser-ah-teen-ah), is a single varietal/single vineyard Sangiovese from the Shop Block section of the Ft. Bowie vineyard. This beautiful, sexy, delicate wine exhibits a smooth balance of red fruit flavors (cherry, strawberry, and cranberry), hints of spiced tea, and a touch of truffles and chocolate on the finish.

Ceratina, the woman (still pronounced ser-ah-teen-ah), is the backbone and the essence of the vineyard. Her love of the earth, plants and the fruit is evident in every vine that she cares for so tenderly. Her passion permeates everything around her. She has taught me, in her delicate way, that a simple glass of wine is much more than the fruit that went into the bottle. It is the soul and heart beat of the vineyard that makes a truly amazing glass of wine.