This high elevation white presents crisp notes of ripe white stone fruit, hints of freshly cut grass and melon. Hints of grapefruit and citrus provide lift to the long finish.
Merkin Vineyards was founded by owner and winemaker Maynard James Keenan. The winery is located in Verde Valley. Fruit is harvested from vineyards in Arizona and New Mexico. Maynard researched wine growing regions around the world to identify the varieties best suited for the high desert conditions found in the Verde Valley, Cochise County and other regions in New Mexico. In 2014 Maynard became the sole owner of the historic Buhl Memorial Vineyard, a 70 acre parcel located in Graham County. The vineyard is named after Albert K. Buhl, a pioneer in Arizona winegrowing. Next year they plan on releasing estate wines made in Arizona using Spanish and Portuguese Varietals. The Chupacabra and the other wines he makes are gaining cult status among wine aficionados.
|26% Sauvignon Blanc/26% Gewurztraminer/20% Riesling/14% Chardonnay/11%Chenin Blanc/3% Malvasia Bianca) Hand-picked grapes from parcels in Luna Country were cold soaked, whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented and aged in stainless steel.