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2021 Trousseau Gris
2021 Trousseau Gris
2021 Trousseau Gris
2021 Trousseau Gris
$32.00

2021 Trousseau Gris

100% Trousseau Gris

Old Vines | Russian River Valley 

Produced + Bottled by Las Jaras Wines, Sebastopol, CA

Bottle Art by Jen Stark

This is the fourth vintage of our Trousseau Gris. The 2021 vintage was very light, and we only ended up with about half of the normal crop. This wine will end up being quite rare and it is our best vintage yet. We learned a lot from making the wine in in the past and we knew we wanted to grab the fruit a as soon as the berries start to soften. Picking grapes early doesn’t always make a better wine, but in this case, the freshness and nerve that we seek is lost once the grapes get to about 20 brix. We pick this grape before the pH goes up and it gives us a wine with firm acidity, minerality, and a purity of fruit. This wine is really fun to watch open up in the glass. At first is stony and mineral with lots of white nectarine on the palate. As it opens up and the temperature comes up, the stony aromatics begin to show a bit of white cherry, jasmine and honeycomb. The palate firms up with apricot and bitter orange with an intense minerality that builds through the finish. It will be interesting to watch this wine age!

This is a perfect wine for lighter fare and also spicy cuisine. Halibut ceviche or a smoked trout salad with a tangy vinaigrette would be ideal partners. The mild and savory tones of sushi would also mate perfectly.

The grapes for this wine come from Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley, which is also famous for its Zinfandel. These old vines were planted in 1981 to a quadrilateral trellis system, high off the ground to reduce the risk of frost. The soils are sandy loam and the vineyard is sustainably farmed. Peter Fanucchi says he farms “organic in theory” whatever that means. We will just call it conventional with weeds. This is pretty much the only Trousseau Gris vineyard in the United States; there are other places to find the variety, but they are very small plantings. Greg Lafollette who started Flowers Winery said that he used to add it to their Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to tame the acid profile a bit.

Whenever we make a wine, one of the main things we consider is how can we make it super sexy. Sexy to us means full of intrigue, bone dry, lightly textured and mineral. Most Trousseau Gris is made with skin contact, and we knew that for the type of wine we wanted to make, it had to be direct to press. Trousseau Gris is a low acid and high pH variety; skin contact would further raise the pH and make the wine blocky, salty and not sexy. We settled the juice for 24 hours before racking to another tank for fermentation. Once fermentation started natively, we transferred the juice to a concrete egg for fermentation, which lasted about two weeks and the wine was aged for 10 months on its lees. We racked about a month before bottling and then returned the wine to its original vessels. Just before the bottling date, we racked the wine to a tank for bottling. It was bottled without fining or filtration. The wine may throw a haze or may have a deposit, but this is nothing to be worried about; instead rejoice!

Production: 200 cases | ABV: 12.5% | TA: 5.4 g/L | pH: 3.52 | VA: 0.65 g/L | DCO2: 1125ppm

Total SO2: 38ppm | RS: 0.19 g/L | Turbidity at bottling: 6 NTU

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Description

This is the fourth vintage of our Trousseau Gris. The 2021 vintage was very light, and we only ended up with about half of the normal crop. This wine will end up being quite rare and it is our best vintage yet. We learned a lot from making the wine in in the past and we knew we wanted to grab the fruit a as soon as the berries start to soften. Picking grapes early doesn’t always make a better wine, but in this case, the freshness and nerve that we seek is lost once the grapes get to about 20 brix. We pick this grape before the pH goes up and it gives us a wine with firm acidity, minerality, and a purity of fruit. This wine is really fun to watch open up in the glass. At first is stony and mineral with lots of white nectarine on the palate. As it opens up and the temperature comes up, the stony aromatics begin to show a bit of white cherry, jasmine and honeycomb. The palate firms up with apricot and bitter orange with an intense minerality that builds through the finish. It will be interesting to watch this wine age!

This is a perfect wine for lighter fare and also spicy cuisine. Halibut ceviche or a smoked trout salad with a tangy vinaigrette would be ideal partners. The mild and savory tones of sushi would also mate perfectly.

Vineyards

The grapes for this wine come from Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in Russian River Valley, which is also famous for its Zinfandel. These old vines were planted in 1981 to a quadrilateral trellis system, high off the ground to reduce the risk of frost. The soils are sandy loam and the vineyard is sustainably farmed. Peter Fanucchi says he farms “organic in theory” whatever that means. We will just call it conventional with weeds. This is pretty much the only Trousseau Gris vineyard in the United States; there are other places to find the variety, but they are very small plantings. Greg Lafollette who started Flowers Winery said that he used to add it to their Sonoma Coast Chardonnay to tame the acid profile a bit.

Winemaking

Whenever we make a wine, one of the main things we consider is how can we make it super sexy. Sexy to us means full of intrigue, bone dry, lightly textured and mineral. Most Trousseau Gris is made with skin contact, and we knew that for the type of wine we wanted to make, it had to be direct to press. Trousseau Gris is a low acid and high pH variety; skin contact would further raise the pH and make the wine blocky, salty and not sexy. We settled the juice for 24 hours before racking to another tank for fermentation. Once fermentation started natively, we transferred the juice to a concrete egg for fermentation, which lasted about two weeks and the wine was aged for 10 months on its lees. We racked about a month before bottling and then returned the wine to its original vessels. Just before the bottling date, we racked the wine to a tank for bottling. It was bottled without fining or filtration. The wine may throw a haze or may have a deposit, but this is nothing to be worried about; instead rejoice!

Technical Data

Production: 200 cases | ABV: 12.5% | TA: 5.4 g/L | pH: 3.52 | VA: 0.65 g/L | DCO2: 1125ppm

Total SO2: 38ppm | RS: 0.19 g/L | Turbidity at bottling: 6 NTU

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There must be a person 21+ present at the time of delivery. 

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Our technical data sheets are available to view and download here.