Cousins 2021 Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot
This wine was born out of our families' desire to bring our wines into alignment with Paris Agreement goals. The biggest ticket on a wine estate's carbon budget is the bottle, representing from 50% to 70% of a company's emissions. This wine is much more than a bottle-reuse pilot, however. We were on the hunt for grapes of the highest pedigree, made with the same integrity in the winery. This beautiful wine has a bright and engaging bouquet of plums and tobacco flowers. The palate is seamless and velvety with the hallmark poise and vibrancy of winemaking that preserves nature's heartbeat.
Santa Cruz Mountains
Fermented dry, no sugar added
At an altitude of over 2000ft above sea level, the Zayante Vineyard, high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, benefits from a cool yet sunny microclimate. The Merlot is own-rooted, dry-farmed using biodynamic practices.
Priority number one for any wine is that it be delicious. It wasn't enough to launch a bottle reuse initiative, the wine in that bottle had to be stellar and sustainably produced. At the 2000 ft in the Santa Cruz Mountains the Zayante vineyard is a tiny jewel surrounded by dense, wild forest. By virtue of being ungrafted, dry farmed with biodynamic practices, this is a unique expression of Merlot; fruit-driven and plush. All subsequent choices were made to preserve this raw and true own-rooted Merlot. It was picked by hand, fermented by native yeast, minimal sulphur and handling, pressed early, and barreled into Snowden-Vineyards-seasoned French oak. The wine is vibrant with plush dark fruits. It will be a joy immediately and has the potential to age and evolve for decades for those with the patience.