To make this light style red wine we used many different vinification methods including carbonic maceration, traditional skin maceration, and what we call reverse saignée. The goal is always to make a layered, cohesive blend. Many of the lots were fermented with carbonic maceration, a gentle process that helps to keep early-harvest wines from becoming too tannic. After 12-15 days, depending on the lot, we pressed the juice off its skins where they fermented natively in tank after 10ppm sulfur was added. Reverse saignée is when we whole cluster press tannic red grape varieties and then add that juice to a red wine fermentor. This is a way to increase the juice to skin ratio to make a lighter red wine. Then, to keep the wine bright and fresh, about one third of the lots were aged in barrels and rest were aged in stainless steel tanks. This wine received a small amount of sulfur and it was filtered prior to bottling.
Farming: Certified organic
At Las Jaras, our goal is to make delicious wine that has tons of energy and balance. We want them to be vibrant, delicate, and supple all at the same time while also being food friendly and easy for anyone to enjoy. Our wines are designed to reflect the unique terroir of the vineyards using minimal intervention so you can taste their natural, rhythmic expression. If you are not used to drinking wines made this way, the experience can be a revelation.
Our lighter wines can elevate your daily experiences. Bring the elegant bubbles of our Sparkling Wine to your best friends engagement party. Nestle the Rosé into your backpack for a trip to the park to watch an epic sunset. Pair the chilled Glou Glou with a margherita pizza to make takeout tastier.
Our medium bodied reds pair with deep savory meals and create thought provoking moments. A holiday dinner includes a conversation about Carignan. The Cabernet Sauvignon is brought to your favorite restaurant to share a taste with your server. “Does this remind you of 70’s Napa?” And our Sweet Berry Wine demands explanation, inspires stories, and creates joy.
Grapes: 51% Zinfandel, 30% Carignan, 17% Petite Sirah and 2% Charbono
Country: United States
Region: Mendocino County, California
Vineyards: Gary Venturi Vineyard in Calpella, Glass House Vineyard in Redwood Valley, Frei Vineyard in Solono Green Valley
bright, summery berry fruits, high acidity, fresh
Recommended pairings: BLT, Pizza, Pasta Arrabiata with roasted eggplant