Las Jaras, Waves Red, 2020, 375 ml, Can
A juicy yet svelte California red blend in a can by the Las Jaras team! A blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah, this red wine has velvety tannins and notes of black plums and red currants. Read more
WINEMAKING: Smoke taint was our biggest obstacle in 2020. To overcome it, we came up with a winemaking process that avoids having the juice in contact with the skins. Our method is inspired by the classic Jules Chauvet version of carbonic maceration, wherein the tank is drained of juice daily. This is different than the carbonic maceration method most people use today: Typically, the juice that comes out of the berries macerates with the wine to maximize extraction, but in our method, there is no juice contact with the skins or the stems, resulting in a pure carbonic maceration. This style creates a very light wine without the green notes you would otherwise have. The method was not only great for the wine; it was also great for our growers, and allowed us to harvest and pay for grapes that they otherwise would have left to rot on the vine. We added 10ppm SO2 after digging out and pressing the tanks and an additional 10ppm three weeks before bottling. Only about 25% of this blend was aged in oak, so there is a nice balance of warm tones and crunchy fruit.