Las Jaras Wines 2020 'Cezanne' Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County
Item Number: 17002
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Norgard Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Total Acidity: 5.72 g/L
Case Production: 521
About the Name: The Las Jaras Cézanne Chenin Blanc is named after Joel Burt's daughter who, like this wine, has a big personality. Cézanne is that type of wine: its minerality sparkles on the tip of your tongue, then, as the wine evolves in your mouth, you get these tantalizing savory notes that stick with you through the long finish.
Tasting Notes: Cézanne opens up with a nose of wet stones, brioche, and toasted almond. The palate is taut and builds through the mid-palate to show layer upon layer of quince, apple, and apricot. The wine has a very long finish filled with mineral and acid touches that make you salivate for more. A very balanced wine, but what sticks out the most are textural sensations: roundness, mineral, and acid. Discovering all the various aromas and flavors is like a treasure hunt. This wine drinks very quickly because it is so refreshing. Make sure to allow the wine to open up a bit before consuming it all! Drink this wine alongside dishes with bright flavors and fresh textures: fish tacos, oysters, salads, and anything grilled are all perfect partners.
Vineyard Notes: The grapes for this wine come from the Norgard Vineyard in the Talmage Bench, just east of Ukiah. The vineyard was planted in 1980 and is set up with a quadrilateral cordon system that was popular in those days. These old vines produce miniature berries that pack a punch. The soils are the famed Pinole series, which is well drained and moderates vigor. The vineyard is conventionally farmed and is going to be farmed for us with only organic-approved products as of 2022.
Winemaking Notes: It seems that the most critical elements to make a Chenin Blanc in the style that Las Jaras is after are: complete fermentation, plenty of acid, and no oxidation or oxidized aromas. Everybody says they pick their grapes at the perfect time, but to Las Jaras that means picking as soon as the fruit has a hint of ripe flavor, which in this case was at about 19 brix. They want to avoid the "forward" aromas of wet wool or linalool. In the winery, the grapes are whole cluster pressed, and the juice is put directly into stainless steel tanks for settling. After settling, the Chenin Blanc is transferred to a mix of 2 concrete eggs, one new and used Stockinger 600-liter demi-muids, one 800-liter barrel from Schneckenleitner, and a used puncheon. No fining or filtering occurs at bottling.