From: Mendocino County, California
Varietal: 50% Zinfandel, 19% Carignan, 15% Petite Sirah, 6% Mourvèdre, 6% Chardonnay, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced from a variety of organically farmed vineyards. Las Jaras had the opportunity to try a lot of new fruit sources because fruit supply was so scarce. This was a result of the effects of the frost of the 2020 vintage cycle, the ongoing drought, and meager irrigation water supplies being diverted to cannabis crops. In order to make our targeted volume of wine, we had to scour the county (and beyond) for new vineyard sources. We found some great new sites that we will continue to source from in the future.
To make this light-style red wine, Las Jaras used many different vinification methods, including carbonic maceration, traditional skin maceration, and what we call reverse saignée. The goal is always to make a layered cohesive blend. To keep the wine bright and fresh, half of the lots were aged in barrels, and half were aged in stainless steel tank. This wine received a small amount of sulfur, and it was filtered prior to bottling.
Tasting Notes: The 2021 edition of this light red is quite a bit more serious than last year’s. The vintage gave us very intense fruit, but the winemaking strategy was to use methods to minimize extraction to create a fresh and delicious wine. On the nose it is a sea of hibiscus and raspberry with undertones of roasted coffee and wet rock. On the palate is intense and fleshy with flavors of black plum and pomegranate and a long textural finish.
Pairing: Pizza, burgers, wine: the Las Jaras holy trinity. (If more people subscribed to our religion, would there be world peace?) This is the fifth installment of the Glou Glou series, which was created to be the perfect wine for circle foods (pizza and burgers). This Glou Glou is certainly a food wine; in fact, it begs for food. It has enough acid to stand up to your favorite tomato sauce, as well as intense berry notes that perfectly complement the char of a burger or perfectly cooked pizza crust. Serve this slightly chilled, and you will be the hero of your next backyard barbecue—this is the most refreshing red wine ever, and the perfect antidote to long summer days and the heat of the grill.
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