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Snowden 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.

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Wine Specs
Santa Cruz Mountains
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Fermented dry, no sugar added
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Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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.