Las Jaras Wines 2017 Old Vine Rosé, Mendocino County
Item Number: 12451
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Vineyard Designation: McNab Ranch Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.9
Total Acidity: 6.1 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Cole loam
Case Production: 890
Total SO2: 40ppm
Vineyard Notes: The Jaras Rosé is 100% Carignan sourced from McNab Ranch Vineyard, which is between Hopland and Ukiah in Mendocino. These old vines were planted in the early 1950s. The vineyard is dry farmed. The soils are Cole loam, and the vineyard is covered with turkey mullein. Carignan in the area is prone to powdery mildew, but the grower does a great job of managing it with sulfur dust and canopy management. These vines stand at about 8 feet tall, which really allows air and light to penetrate the canopy.
Winemaking Notes: The 2017 vintage was picked at 20.1 brix, which was an appropriate ripeness for a great rosé wine. The grapes were manually harvested early in the morning and taken to the winery as fast as possible. There was little to no skin contact. The grapes were whole cluster pressed in a horizontal bladder press. The free-run juice and press juice of up to 1.6 bars were taken to tank. The juice was cold settled and racked. It was kept on its fine lees and stirred weekly for 6 weeks to allow the big fruity flavors to subside and more floral ones to take their place. Once fermentation finished, Las Jaras Rosé matured on its gross lees and was stirred twice a month until bottling. The 2017 vintage saw malolactic fermentation. The wine was fined prior to bottling with a small amount of bentonite (impure clay formed by the weathering of volcanic ash) to stabilize and pack down the lees. The wine was not cold stabilized.