Caduceus Cellars Judith’s block, Jerome AZ

The Judith Block, is located on a south east facing slope at 4900 ft. Less than a half acre each of Nebbiolo, Aglianico, and Tempranillo with a dash of Malvasia in between. Mostly rocky decomposed granite and caleche soil with a layer of chalk just just beneath the topsoil. Perfect Spanish / Italian hillside setting. This block even more so than others due to it’s extreme slope, is hand farmed. Spacing is roughly 5′ by 5′ and generally cropped at about 2 to 2.5 tons per acre. These blocks compose the Nagual del Judith. Some years single varietal, others a field blend of all. Apologies, but No, we do not give tours of this or any block.

Varietals & Clones

NEBBIOLO -> Nagual del Judiths Nebbiolo
TEMPRANILLO -> Nagual del Judiths Tempranillo
AGLIANICO -> Nagual del Judiths Aglianico
MALVASIA BIANCA -> Nagual del Judiths Orange Malvasia

Acres under Vine

2

Elevation

4900'

Avg Yield Per Acre

2.0 - 2.5 tons

Geology

Mostly rocky decomposed granite and caliche soil with a layer of chalk just beneath the topsoil. Perfect Spanish / Italian hillside setting. (For the geeks- Very steep southeast facing slopes. Mule Family soils exemplified by their extreme gravel content and visible calcium carbonate stratifications. Gravelly loam, pH 8.3, occupies the top foot of soil providing anchorage for the vines as roots develop and find their way through the rocky profile. Alluvial fans throughout.) This block even more so than others due to its extreme slope, is hand farmed. Spacing is roughly 5′ by 5′ and generally cropped at about 2 to 2.5 tons per acre.

Main Challenges/Threats

Very steep slopes, Spring frost, High wind, Hail, Monsoon rains from veraison through harvest.

Climate

Precipitation 18.8"
Temperature - Average Summer Highs 88°
Temperature - Record High 108°
Temperature - Average Winter Lows 33°
Temperature - Record Low
Average Date of Bud Break 3/16 - 4/14

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