Las Jaras Wines 2017 'Sweet Berry Wine' Red Blend, California
Item Number: 12452
Sub Region: California
Grape(s): 49% Carignan / 39% Zinfandel / 7% Cabernet Sauvignon / 5% Charbono
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.8
Total Acidity: 6.34 g/L
Case Production: 955
Total SO2: 46ppm
Vineyard Notes: The grapes for this blend are sourced from three different vineyards in Mendocino County and Sonoma Valley. The Carignan and Charbono come from the Venturi Vineyard; these old vines grown in in sandy loam soil are dry farmed. The Zinfandel comes from the dry farmed Zeller Vineyard in Redwood Valley. The vineyard is non-certified organic and contains Pinole gravelly loam soil. The Cabernet grapes are sustainably farmed on Sonoma Mountain at Berger’s Oak Shade Ranch; the soil is volcanic gravelly loam.
Winemaking Notes: Each variety is vinified separately in order to bring out the desired expression of the fruit. The Carignan (50% whole clusters), Zinfandel (destemmed), and Cabernet (destemmed) were sorted at the winery before going into open-top fermenters for native yeast fermentation. No sulfites were added, and there were no cold soaks. Punch downs happened with the frequency decreasing over time. The Carignan was drained and pressed just before dryness and aged in neutral French oak (600-liter demi-muids and 228-liter Burgundy barrels). The Cabernet and Zinfandel were each drained and pressed at dryness. The Cabernet aged in a combination of new and used French 225-liter Bordeaux barrels. The Zinfandel aged in neutral French oak 600-liter demi-muids.
Carbonic Maceration was used for the Charbono. Whole clusters were placed in open tanks with dry ice. The temperature was set at 65°F, and 20 gallons of fermenting rosé was added to generate CO2. The tank was sealed and untouched for 14 days. The wine matured in neutral French 228-liter Burgundy barrels. Each wine was racked, blended, and returned to the wine barrels one month before bottling. The wine was racked clean to tank 2 days before bottling. It was bottled without filtration.
Tasting Notes: The goal for the 2017 Sweet Berry Wine was to make a softer wine than the 2016 vintage. The 2016 was essentially 100% Carignan (except for a few bunches of Golden Chasselas grapes thrown in during the pick) while the 2017 is a blend of four varieties: 49% Carignan, 39% Zinfandel, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Charbono. The 2017 is still full of juicy red fruit but also has an added zip of acidity. Fresh with bright red plum and sour cherry notes, this red blend does indeed caress the palate. There is a bit of a tannic grip that will mellow with age. This wine will be at its best from mid 2019 – 2024…and beyond if stored properly. Serve Sweet Berry Wine chilled for a hot summer day.