Las Jaras Wines Nouveau Old Vines Mendocino County 2023
Valdiguié 48%, Petite Sirah 41%, Zinfandel 8%, Sangiovese 3%
Part of this blend is made up of old-vine Valdiguié (also known as Napa Gamay) that underwent carbonic maceration; this was also the method for the Zinfandel. The Petite Sirah in this blend was a special lot where we performed “reverse saingée” to make a lighter style wine. The Sangiovese was added to tie it all together.
To make this wine we employed carbonic maceration for the Valdiguié grapes which is a perfect method for that high
acid and juicy variety. After 14 days of carbonic maceration at about 55F, we pressed the clusters and fermented the
wine in a warm tank. Petite Sirah can make a wine that is a bit MASSIVE for our tastes so we employ a couple of
different methods to make a nice light and juicy wine. In this case, we destemmed the Petite Sirah and then we actually
put in 50% of the volume of the tank as direct to press Petite Sirah rosé, which is a method we like to call reverse
saignée. Saignée translates to “bleeding” a tank of its juice, but we add juice to the tank instead to increase the juice
to skin ratio on tannic varieties. We combined the lots post-fermentation. Two days before bottling we racked the tank
and added 15ppm SO2 to protect from any oxygen the wine picked up during bottling.