A few weeks back I blogged about the Keeling Schaefer Picpoul Blanc. Last night I tried the 2016 Cimarron Vineyard, 100% Picpoul Blanc from Chateau Tumbleweed. This delicious, dry Picpoul is sourced from grapes from our newest AVA, Wilcox, in Cochise County, in the Southeastern part of Arizona. It has an extremely light straw color, 12.5% alcohol, and a beautiful, long, softer finish. The nose is delightfully mineralistic with notes of lime and peach.
One of the things that I just love about Joe Bechard the winemaker, is the amount of information he puts on his bottles. He notes that the grapes were “whole-cluster pressed and the wine was fermented in stainless steel at 55 F for 26 days”. His lovely wife Kris also designs their creative wine labels which always includes a tumbleweed. In this instance, the wine bottle model has luscious lips, a few bees on her face and a head full of tumbleweed hair. I’d definitely recommend this refreshing white wine for hot summer days. Add a tad to your favorite ginger vinaigrette salad dressing and enjoy! And…You don’t have to worry about getting stung!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.