2018 Cousin Idd
Blend - red
TA: 5.6 g/L
Aged 5 mos. in 7% 2-year-old French & 93% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 6 mos. in 17% new French, 17% 2-year-old French, 9% 2-year-old Romanian & 57% neutral oak barrels. Twice racked. Filtered, but unfined.
Cousin Idd’s composition has changed from vintage to vintage, but the goal has always been the same: to make a delicious and complex blend of Bordeaux varietals with focused, spicy red fruit and a harmonious tension between acid and tannin. This year, the rich, plummy, floral characters of Malbec share the lead role with the darker fruit and bigger tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Franc adds a vibrant streak of red fruit, juicy acidity and green spice. This is a food-friendly wine that will evolve beautifully over the next 5+ years. Only 12 barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Arizona - 23% Cabernet Sauvignon from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 30th - 17% Cabernet Sauvignon from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 11th - 31% Malbec from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept.15th - 6% Malbec from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 13th - 15% Cabernet Franc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 18th - 8% Cabernet Franc from Rolling View Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 25th - Sugar at harvest: 24.3 Brix average
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4- and 1.5-ton bins. All lots were left 5-25% whole cluster. Cold-soaked 24 hours, then inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BDX, MT, BM45, VRB & UV43). Hand punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 7 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 10 days average skin contact. Settled 2 days average before barreling.
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