I bought an amazing rib eye steak and thought about what I’d like to pair it with. I rummaged through my wine cooler and found a 2014 Chateau Tumbleweed, 100% Syrah from Cimarron Vineyard.
One of the most outstanding things that Chateau Tumbleweed does, is put everything you wanted to know about a wine on their bottle labels. The wine was harvested on September 3rd and was grown at an elevation of 4300 feet. The wine was cold-soaked for 24 hours, punched down by hand 3-4 times daily and stayed on the skins for 11 days. It went through malolactic fermentation and was aged for 11 months in 20% new French oak. It was also unfined/unfiltered and came in at 15% alcohol.
The color was a deep garnet purple. The nose reflected notes of earth, prune and alcohol. The palate showcased flavors of mocha, raspberry, currant, chalk, and dates. I ended up aerating it to bring out more of the flavors. The wine though three years old could easily lay down for a few more years. Clearly this wine has an impressive ageability. Oh Arizona Syrah!
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.