Las Jaras Wines 2018 Old Vine Rosé, Mendocino County
Item Number: 12977
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Grape(s): 78% Zinfandel / 11% Carignan / 2% Mourvedre / 2% Roussanne / 2% Picpoul Blanc / 2% Grenache Noir / 2% Grenache Blanc / 1% Trousseau Gris
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.2
Residual Sugar(g/L): 0.56 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.02 g/L
Case Production: 890
Vineyard Notes: The Zinfandel and Carignan come from Gary Venturi’s vineyard in Calpella, north of Ukiah. This is a sustainably farmed vineyard with head-trained vines dating to the 1960s. The Rhône varieties come from the organically farmed Love Ranch Vineyard near the southern gate of Yosemite. The last little touch of Trousseau Gris comes from Fanucchi Vineyard in the Russian River Valley.
Winemaking Notes: The Zinfandel and Carignan were whole cluster pressed to separate stainless steel tanks and racked for fermentation after 24 hours of settling. Primary and malolactic fermentation were native. Once these lots had fermented to dryness, they were combined into one tank for storage on their lees until bottling. Close to the bottling date, a portion of the Superbloom wine was added. A small amount of bentonite was used for fining. The wine was filtered before bottling. Total SO2 is 42 ppm.
Tasting Notes: In the past, the Las Jaras Rosé has been 100% Carignan, but in 2018 they led with Zinfandel. The result is a wine that is both fruity and savory: On the nose, it shows strawberries, raspberries, and even a hint of flowers. On the palate, it is savory and mineral, with a bone-dry finish. While inspired by the classic rosés of Provence, this has a bit more complexity and textural intrigue, perhaps do to the addition of the Las Jaras carbonic pink wine, Superbloom. The result is a surprising, exotic wine, with subtle notes of spices, pear, and marmalade. It deserves to be drunk alongside imported tinned fish, salted butter, and impeccably made, artisan baguettes.