Las Jaras Wines 2020 'Chloe' Carbonic Old Vine Carignan, Mendocino County
Item Number: 16386
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Testa Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Carignan
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.56
Total Acidity: 6.1 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Yokayo series sandy loam
Case Production: 448
Winery Vintage Notes: "2020 was a very difficult year for winemakers on the West Coast. We had skies filled with smoke for months and it was quite difficult to determine if we were going to make wine that did not bear the mark of the vintage. As we thought about all of the grapes that would be left unharvested and all of the growers that would net get paid, we came up with a plan to make wines that did not show any signs of smoke taint. We decided not to make our more serious, macerated red wines and turned to carbonic maceration for nearly all of the red wines of the vintage. We chose to use the “true carbonic” method because it allows us to make wines where there is no skin maceration, and therefore no extraction of smoky compounds into the wine. The wines made using this method, where the tank is drained daily so that only the full clusters are in the tank, are incredibly light in color and tannin. We originally thought we wouldn’t make a varietal Carignan wine this vintage but the wine turned out so delicious and tells the story of the vintage better than we can."
Tasting Notes: This Carignan opens up with a nose of savory earth, boysenberry pie, blueberry, and stone. The palate incredibly concentrated and full of boysenberry bramble, mineral notes, and soft, melted tannin. The finish is long and rich. It’s very intense and concentrated due to the drought year on these dry farmed vines.
Vineyard Notes: This is a single-vineyard wine; the grapes come from the Lee Testa Vineyard in the Calpella area of Mendocino County, near Ukiah. The vineyard is farmed by Gary Venturi, who owns the vineyard next door. These old vines were planted in the mid-1960s. The soils are Yokayo series sandy loam that is very well drained. Due to Gary’s fastidious suckering and canopy management, this is an incredibly clean vineyard, and gets only one or two sulfur dustings per season.
Total SO2: 39ppm