Las Jaras Wines 2020 Old Vine Rose, Mendocino County
Item Number: 15203
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 69% Zinfandel / 28% Carignan / 3% Petite Sirah
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.41
Residual Sugar(g/L): 0.80 g/L
Total Acidity: 5.52 g/L
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 1,500
Las Jaras' approach to rosé is to think less about the varietal makeup and more about the style and vibe it conveys. They have seen their Old Vine Rosé go from 100% Carignan, 35% Zinfandel, to 69% Zinfandel in this new vintage. Even though the cépage has changed, the wine can be seen as an evolution of the style that it has always been. Every year they nudge the wine into the direction it needs to go in a quest for balance, deliciousness and refreshment.
Gary Venturi Vineyard: 83% old vine, dry farmed, organic (Carignan, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah)
Hillside Vineyards: 15% old vine, dry farmed, certified organic (Zinfandel)
Ricetti Vineyards: 2% old vine, dry farmed, certified organic (Carignan)
All of the vineyards are head trained old vines that are dry farmed. Hillside Vineyards is in the Talmage area of Ukiah Valley; Gary Venturi’s vineyard is in Calpella, north of Ukiah and the Ricetti Vineyard is in Redwood Valley, north of Ukiah.
Winemaking Notes: The Carignan for this wine was whole cluster pressed as soon as the fruit was received at the winery. This method of juice extraction leads to a savory and mineral laden wine with a fine texture. The Zinfandel was destemmed as soon as it got to the winery. After which, it was added it to the press with its stems, leading to great red fruit character without extracting too much bitterness. 10ppm sulfur was added and after 24 hours of settling the wine was racked for native primary fermentation. Once these lots had fermented to dryness, they were combined them into one tank for storage on their lees until bottling at cool temperatures to discourage malolactic fermentation, but it went through anyway. Close to the bottling date a small amount of sulfur was added and the wine was filtered.
Tasting Notes: Yes, this is a pink party wine—but it’s a classy pink party wine. A departure from the rosés of Provence with its razzmatazz rosé, the Old Vine Rosé is both fruity and savory; on the nose, it is all about big red fruit and hibiscus, on the palate, it is packed with acid and minerality, with a bone-dry finish. It is also texturally interesting, as a result of destemming the Zinfandel and pressing immediately. This is a rosé you want to bring home to meet your parents. It deserves to be drunk alongside imported tinned fish, salted butter, and impeccably made, artisanal baguettes. If this rosé could talk, it would have a lilting French accent and quote Godard.