MJ Keenan, along with his facility manager, Erin Center, are producing roughly 5500 cases a year from Estate Grown fruit, at the Four Eight Wineworks facility in Camp Verde. The majority of the Merkin Vineyards wines are produced from fruit grown on our 70 acre Buhl Memorial Vineyard in Willcox, Arizona. The remaining fruit comes from a few of the Caduceus blocks in the Verde Valley. Merkin has 3 programs. The Chupacabra program is produced using French/Alsation fruit, Shinola is the Italian program, and the Tarzan/Janes is our Spanish/Iberian program. Production is combination of open topped 1/2 ton bin fermentation, and modified carbonic maceration for the Reds, and whole cluster pressed stainless steel cold fermentation for the Whites and Rose’s.
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