Las Jaras Superbloom
Vineyards: Almost all of the grapes come from Love Ranch vineyard in Madera County, near Coarsegold. This certified-organic vineyard is situated near the southern gate of Yosemite on rolling hills at about 2,000 feet above sea level. The climate is very hot there; it can get up to 90 degrees F by 10am. The soils are free-draining granitic granitic schist. This combination of factors means the grapes ripen quickly, and fruit from Love Ranch is often the first into the winery each year.
Because the mourvedre and grenache noir had low yields, we decided to add Carignan from Aspesi Ranch, an old-vine vineyard near Fresno that is farmed organically by Oscar Ramos, who also farms Love Ranch. We also added a touch of early picked viognier to give some acidity to the blend.
Winemaking: This is a carbonic co-ferment wine that we made in several tanks, each of which we treated differently. We treated this wine to cold carbonic macerations from 11-14 days long. After press, we fermented the juice from each lot separately in stainless steel. We combined the lots once they were dry. Primary and malo-lactic fermentation were native. There have been no additions to this wine.
Label Art by Jade Roche
Production: 455 cases
ABV: 10.5% | TA: 6.2 g/L | pH: 3.62 | VA: 0.79 g/L | DCO2: 1231 ppm I Total SO2: 0 ppm | RS: 1.5 g/L Turbidity at bottling: 45 NTU