Las Jaras Sweet Berry Wine
Wine Maker: Joel Burt, Eric Wareheim
Country: USA, California
Appellation: Mendocino, Sonoma
Grape: 54% Carignan, 28% Zinfandel, 12% Charbono, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Valdiguie
Soil: Volcanic, sandy loam
Farming: Organic, sustainable
Tasting Notes: Carbonic charbano, loaded with spice and bright berry fruits. Nuances and age-worthy. You’ve seen the skit, now drink the wine!
About the Winemaker
At Las Jaras, our goal is to make delicious wine that has tons of energy and balance. We want them to be vibrant, delicate, and supple all at the same time while also being food friendly and easy for anyone to enjoy. Our wines are designed to reflect the unique terroir of the vineyards using minimal intervention so you can taste their natural, rhythmic expression. If you are not used to drinking wines made this way, the experience can be a revelation.
About the process
All of our fruit for this blend was hand-picked and each one of the varieties goes through its own separate, slightly different winemaking process in order to bring out the desired expression of the fruit. We further break the Carignan and Zinfandel into several different fermentation methods. Our Carignan, Zinfandel, and Cabernet were hand-sorted at the crusher. There was no sulfur added, no cold soaks, and only native fermentation in open-top fermenters. Punch downs happened frequently in the beginning and decreased over time. Some of the Carignan lots were 20% and others were 50% whole cluster, while other lots were destemmed entirely. One month before bottling we racked and blended all of the lots then returned the wine to barrels until one week before bottling when the wine was racked clean to the tank. We bottled without fining or filtration.