Caduceus Cellars Marzo Block, Cornville AZ

Located right on Oak Creek, this 2.5 acre plot is home to our Sangiovese and Cab Sav. Approx 3500 ft. Sandy, clay-loam river sediment on top of a bed of volcanic rock peppered calcareous (chalky, alkaline “limestone-like) sediments derived from a larger geologic structure called the Verde formation. These grapes are generally slated to be the major components of the Arizona, Nagual del Marzo, as well as the occasional VSC and Rosé offerings. Just above it sits the Barbera vineyard, which also makes it’s way into VSC offerings and occasionally the Oneste and Marzo. This site also hosts our Merkin Vineyards Orchard and Garden produce used at the Merkin Osteria in Old Town Cottonwood and Caduceus Cellars Tasting Rm in Jerome, AZ.

Varietals & Clones

SANGIOVESE -> Nagual del Marzo & Nagual del Marzo Rosé
CABERNET SAUVIGNON -> Nagual del Marzo
SYRAH NOIR -> Nagual del Marzo Rosé

Acres under Vine

2.5

Elevation

3500'

Avg Yield Per Acre

2.0 - 2.5 tons

Geology

Located right on Oak Creek. Sandy clay-loam river sediment sits on a bed of volcanic rock with peppered calcareous sediments derived from a larger geologic structure called the Verde formation. (For the geeks-The vineyard contains two soil series. The slightly sloped NE portion is within the Beaver Creek series, with a gravelly sandy loam on the surface. A gravellier loam, derived from basalt, directly underlies the surface before bedrock is encountered at 32″ depth. The lower portion of the vineyard is a member of the Guest Clay series. A three-inch layer of clay graduates to a silty clay loam before reaching shallow bedrock.) This site also hosts our Merkin Vineyards Orchard and Garden produce used at the Merkin Osteria in Old Town Cottonwood and Caduceus Cellars Tasting Rm in Jerome, AZ. Spacing is 6′ by 8′ and generally cropped at about 2 to 2.5 tons per acre.

Main Challenges/Threats

Spring frost, Extreme summer heat & humidity, Monsoon rains from veraison through harvest.

Climate

Precipitation 11.8"
Temperature - Average Summer Highs 96°
Temperature - Record High 118°
Temperature - Average Winter Lows 28°
Temperature - Record Low
Average Date of Bud Break 4/2 - 4/10

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