2020 Sparkling Wine

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What is a California Sparkling Wine? An impostor to Champagne or is it something that stands on its own? We think of our Sparkling Wine as the latter, its own ethereal being. Bubbles that surprise, enhance pleasure and are meant to pair with joyous occasions. Refined yet lively and dare we say flirty, these pinky copper bubbles turn any occasion into an instant celebration with no other prop needed.

This is the fifth vintage of our sparkling wine utilizing the unique method that we call methode untraditionelle. We have found that many sparkling wines can be quite gauche as a result of the compromises the winemakers have to make with the traditional method. Our unique method results in a wine that is very refined and elegant with nothing forced. 

Label art by Jen Stark

100% Carignan

This wine is made from grapes grown at certified organic Ricetti Vineyard located in the Redwood Valley, which is in the cool northern end of the Ukiah Valley in Mendocino County. This special vineyard is farmed by Pamela and Tom Ricetti. The old vines are dry-farmed and the soils are gravelly loam.

Here we find a copper hue, a nose of green strawberry, hay in the breeze, toasted hazelnuts and marshmallow. On the palate there is apricot, comice pear and cocoa enveloped in a fine texture. There is a long finish with crisp lime like acidity. This wine will age beautifully over the next several years.

The hand-picked grapes were whole cluster pressed to a tall skinny stainless steel tank. After racking the clear juice at about 250 NTU, we warmed it up to initiate fermentation. When the wine started to tick, we set the cooling on the tank to 68°F and let the wine ferment naturally. We gradually brought down the temperature while it was fermenting until it was around 50°F. When the wine reached about 2 brix we chilled the tank to arrest fermentation. The juice had other plans and actually tried to keep fermenting, even with the tank at 40F! We had to filter the wine to get it to stop. We let the tank sit cold for several weeks to naturally cold stabilize. When it was time to bottle, we racked the wine, added a small amount of organic yeast extract (food for the yeast) and a Champagne yeast culture. The wine was stored sur latte (on its side) for 15 months before it was disgorged. We simply topped the bottles after disgorging and did not add any sugar or sulfur.

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Produced + Bottled by Las Jaras Wines in Sebastopol, CA