Las Jaras Wines 2019 Sparkling, Mendocino County
Item Number: 16383
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Ricetti Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Crown Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 11.83
Total Acidity: 7.93
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Gravelly loam
Case Production: 1,000
Tasting Notes: The nose is of green strawberry, hay in the breeze, toasted hazelnuts and marshmallow. On the palate, there is apricot, pear, and cocoa enveloped in a fine texture. The finish is long with crisp lime-like acidity. This wine will age beautifully over the next several years.
Vineyard Notes: 100% Carignan from Ricetti Vineyard located in the Redwood Valley, which is in the cool northern end of the Ukiah Valley in Mendocino County. This is a certified organic vineyard farmed by Pamela and Tom Ricetti. The old vines are dry-farmed and the soils are gravelly loam.
Winemaking Notes: The manually harvested grapes are whole cluster pressed to a tall, skinny, temperature-controlled stainless steel tank. The wine ferments naturally with native yeast. The tank is chilled to arrest fermentation when the wine reached about 2.5 Brix. The tank stays cold for several weeks to clarify and cold stabilize. The wine is then racked before being bottled with a small amount of organic yeast extract (food for the yeast) and a Champagne yeast culture. The wine is stored sur latte (on its side) for 15 months before it was disgorged. The wine is topped after disgorging without any additions of sugar or sulfites. Total SO2 equals 38ppm.
Featured in the Eater.com article The Best Sparkling Wine to Sip this Holiday Season
"Las Jaras duo Joel Burt and Eric Wareheim call this wine “methode untraditionelle.” The end result lands firmly in the sparkling wine category, resulting in an age-worthy sparkling carignan that’s ready to party now but could just as happily stay in and cook (perhaps from Wareheim’s book with co-author Emily Timberlake). Look for notes of pink Starburst and grapefruit peel over Polar lime seltzer, paired with stirring label design by noted optical artist Jen Stark."