Las Jaras Wines 2017 Sparkling, Mendocino County

Las Jaras Wines 2017 Sparkling, Mendocino County

Item Number: 12453

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Vineyard Designation: McNab Ranch Vineyard
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Sparkling
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Crown Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 11.98
Total Acidity: 6.27 g/L
pH: 3.18
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Cole loam

Method: Traditional
Total SO2: 18 ppm
Pressure: 6.53 bar

Vineyard Notes: Las Jaras Sparkling 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 grapes for the sparling wine are the same grapes as those used to make Las Jaras 2017 Rosé. In the middle of fermentation, a portion of the Carignan was split off into another tank for this sparkling wine. When the wine reached about 3 brix, the tank was chilled to arrest fermentation. The juice sat for several weeks to clarify and cold stabilize. The wine was racked. At bottling, a small amount of organic yeast extract (food for the yeast) and a small amount of yeast culture built up from an isolate on a slant was added to conduct the second fermentation. The wine was stored sur latte (on its side) for six months and sur pointe (upside down) for two months before it was disgorged. The bottles were topped without any sugar or sulfites. One can think of this sparkling as a high pressure, naturally balanced wine without added sugar.

Winemaker Tasting Notes: “This wine has a gorgeous light copper color and a very generous mousse. The bubbles are small. The aromas are floral and red-fruited with underlying notes of hibiscus. The palate is vibrant with flavors of raspberry, blackberry, lemon zest, and wet rock. The structure is mineral-filled and dense. The finish is dry and clean. This wine has a more lean and tight presentation (in a good way) than last year’s vintage.” – Joel Burt