Las Jaras, Sweet Berry Red 2019 750ml

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Las Jaras
United States
Carignan, Zinfandel, Charbono, Petite Sirah
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Personality: In one word? Finesse. It was a wet spring followed by a warm, dry growing season with few extreme heat events. This resulted in a refined wine that is powerful but quite suave; it is tasting great upon release! The wine has rich aromas of dark cherry, plum and blackberry as well as hints of cocoa nibs, allspice, and damp earth. Take a sip and you’ll find blue fruit, deep cherry, caraway, and saline earth with supple tannins and a long, savory finish.

Vineyard: The grapes for this blend are grown on old vines and sourced from vineyards in Mendocino (and sometimes Sonoma) County that are organic certified, practicing or in transition. Generally, there’s Gary Venturi’s vineyard in Calpella, dry-farmed in Yokayo sandy loam soils; Riccetti vineyard in Redwood Valley; Green Valley in Solano County & more – refer to the tech sheets below for details.

Making of: Generally, the fruit for this blend is hand-picked and each one of the varieties / blocks goes through its own separate, slightly different winemaking process in order to bring out the desired expression of the fruit. All are fermented spontaneously, with varying proportions of whole bunches and some carbonic maceration. The aging happens in a combination of old and new French oak – a combination of 600L demi-muids, 500L Puncheons and 228L Burgundy barrels, 225L Bordeaux barrels. One month before bottling, the different lots are racked and blended together. Bottled without fining or filtration. Refer to the tech sheets below for details on each vintage.

Winemaker's Note: Las Jaras’ flagship red wine, the one that started it all back in 2015! The label depicts Eric’s comedic partner, the cult actor John C. Reilly.