Pav on Juice: Cove Mesa Vineyard

Pavle MilicMay 17, 2022
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I first tasted the wines from Cove Mesa Vineyard at the Oro Festival in Tucson in late winter and was instantly enamored of their Malvasia Bianca, replete with aromas of passion fruit and lychee and delivering puckering acidity. Additionally, I had their Picpoul Blanc, which was light and refreshing and brilliantly balanced. Meanwhile, their reds were imposing and robust.

My personal enthusiasm for the Cornville-based winery got a big vote of confidence this past March, when the winners of The Arizona Republic’s annual wine competition were announced. The Governor’s Cup – the “best in show” award and most prestigious honor – was awarded to the 2018 Cove Mesa Merlot.

This is impressive, because Cove Mesa owners Emil and Cindy Molin didn’t even start bottling commercially until 2020. Planting their Cornville vineyard to Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Picpoul Blanc, they started carefully, crushing limited, non-commercial vintages like their award-winning 2018 Merlot. Their Cottonwood tasting room opened last year.

Emil is a graduate of the Southwest Wine Center, where he earned an associate degree in viticulture and enology. All of this was preceded by an interest in wine that dates to the late 1970s, when he and Cindy started traveling the world with wine destinations in mind. If they only knew that, years later, they’d be accepting a wine award in 2022. It’s always exciting to discover new wineries – and to see how the Arizona landscape continues to broaden and grow.

Cove Mesa
741 Airpark Way, Cottonwood


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