2020 Cousin Idd
Blend - red
August and September
TA: 5.8 g/L
Aged 5 months in 6% new French and 94% neutral oak barrels. Aged another 6 months in 12% new French, 6% new Carpathian, 12% 2-year-old French and 70% 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 darker fruit and bigger tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon are accented by the rich, plummy, floral characters of Malbec and a vibrant streak of red fruit, juicy acidity and green spice from Cabernet Franc. This is a food-friendly wine that will evolve beautifully over the next 5+ years. 16 barrels produced.
Willcox AVA – Arizona - 41% Cabernet Sauvignon from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 23rd - 7% Cabernet Sauvignon from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 4th 19% Malbec from Carlson Creek Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 4th - 6% Malbec from Deep Sky Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 30th - 15% Cabernet Franc from Sierra Bonita Vineyard. Graham County, AZ. 4,400 ft. elevation. Harvested Sept. 3rd - 12% Cabernet Franc from Cimarron Vineyard. Cochise County, AZ. 4,300 ft. elevation. Harvested Aug. 18th - Sugar at harvest: 24.8 Brix average
Destemmed but not crushed to open-top, 3⁄4- and 1.5-ton bins. Lots were left an average of ~15% whole-cluster. Inoculated with specially selected yeasts (BDX, MT, Clos, T73, BRL97 & UV43). Hand-punched 3-4 times daily. Inoculated with Malolactic bacteria (Omega) around 3 Brix. Pressed at dryness after 12 days average skin contact. Settled 2 days average before barreling.
Drink now or cellar 5+ years