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Margins Santa Clara Valley Counoise 2021 (750 ml)

Margins Santa Clara Valley Counoise 2021 (750 ml)

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100% de-stemmed Counoise. Fermented on skins for ten days. Aged in neutral oak for three months. Native fermentation, no fining, no filtration, no other modifications or additions aside from very minimal (20 ppm) sulfur the week before bottling.

Though the Sattler's Vineyard in Santa Clara is quite hot and dry, the evening are drastically cooler which leads to bright, fresh acidity in the grapes, balanced with juicy, ripeness. Bright candied aromas with plum, cassis and white pepper, and a dry, refreshing palate. Soft tannins and a round finish.

Margins produces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. We are part of the growing movement in California to make wines from vineyards farmed organically or in organic conversion using minimal additives during the winemaking process, thereby showcasing the vineyards the grapes came from.

Much like people living on the 'margins of society,' vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grape growing regions and types of wine. Margins draws attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on the margins without the recognition they deserve.

Part of the Margins mission over the last five years has been to work with small growers to transition their vineyards from conventional to organic farming by providing guidance as well as assurance that the grapes will have a home. We believe that if we worked solely with organic vineyards, we would not be using our role in the industry to its full potential to enact agricultural change. As of vintage 2021, all the vineyards Margins works with are farmed organically.

Margins is a winemaking endeavor of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Prior to settling on the central coast of California, Megan received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2012 and apprenticed in wineries and vineyards in Napa, the Livermore Valley, the Willamette Valley, Central Otago (NZ), and the Loire Valley (France). 

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