Sierra Madre Chardonnay
       
     
Night Pick
       
     
Punching Down
       
     
Barrel Fermenting
       
     
Tracking
       
     
Viognier in Moxy
       
     
Stainless
       
     
I love Lucy
       
     
Hops and Vines
       
     
Oak
       
     
Microbes
       
     
Rain
       
     
Lees
       
     
Wild
       
     
Blanket
       
     
Barreling down
       
     
Fully Loaded
       
     
Sierra Madre Chardonnay
       
     
Sierra Madre Chardonnay

Robert Young clone Chardonnay on the way to the press. We whole cluster pressed our Chardonnay after a 2 day whole cluster maceration to gently extract the delicate flavors.

Night Pick
       
     
Night Pick

A cool moonlit night in the desert is the beginning of a lifelong journey for this Syrah.

Punching Down
       
     
Punching Down

A gentle punchdown at the start of a Syrah fermentation.
 

Barrel Fermenting
       
     
Barrel Fermenting

Barrel fermenting whites opens up a wide array of experimentation, flexibility, and complexity.
 

Tracking
       
     
Tracking

Each barrel is tracked as it progresses through primary fermentation.

Viognier in Moxy
       
     
Viognier in Moxy

Moxy - the bulwark of Arizona Hops and Vines. Pillsbury Vineyard Viognier loaded in the press.

Stainless
       
     
Stainless

Crisp and clean.

I love Lucy
       
     
I love Lucy

Stomping grapes - An American past-time since 1956.

Hops and Vines
       
     
Hops and Vines

A small two car garage served well as our ship during the 2013 vintage. Many thanks to the Hops and Vines crew for allowing us the opportunity to craft our inaugural vintage with them.

Oak
       
     
Oak

Neutral French oak comprises the majority of our red wine program.

Microbes
       
     
Microbes

Aside from native yeast fermentation, we also experiment with commercial strains.

Rain
       
     
Rain

We had a few monsoons pass over us during the 2013 vintage. This allowed for a longer hang time without developing overripe flavors.

Lees
       
     
Lees

Battonage of the Chardonnay

Wild
       
     
Wild

A small patch of native Viognier spreads its flora throughout the Syrah ferment.

Blanket
       
     
Blanket

Before the onset of fermentation we blanket our must with CO2 to help protect it from oxygen.

Barreling down
       
     
Barreling down

After the barrels are cleaned, we transfer the wine to its new home.

Fully Loaded
       
     
Fully Loaded

The Frontier is a veritable workhorse. Here we are preparing to make the journey back to AZ from Sierra Madre vineyard in Santa Maria, CA.