Las Jaras 'Superbloom' 2020
Producer: Las Jaras
Country: United States
Region: California, Mendocino County
Varietal: 16%, Roussanne, 14% Mourvèdre, 16% Grenache Noir, 10% Grenache Blanc,
27% Marsanne, 7% Picpoul Blanc, 10% Carignan
Notes:This is a carbonic wine that we made in three tanks which we treated each tank differently. The first was a warm carbonic for 7 days at 80F, the second was a warm 5 day carbonic, the last tank was an all white grape cold 7 day carbonic at 60F. 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.
Is it dark pink? Or, is it light red? This is the third vintage of Superbloom, our zero-zero wine that defies categorization. You know that moment right after sunset, before the stars are out in full—what poets call the “violet hour”? That’s the moment to open this wine. Call it a nighttime rosé, if you’d like. Drink it with food and friends for a perfect summer apéro.
Our wild idea with this wine was to co-ferment red and white Rhône varieties from a single vineyard, then to keep it completely natural by adding nothing and taking nothing away in the cellar. This vintage contains about a third red and two thirds white grapes. We call this a “California Table Wine,” but don’t be fooled by the humble name. Superbloom is a complex, utterly unique wine that expresses the specialness of Love Ranch vineyard in the Sierra Foothills. The red grapes give this wine a spicy nose and plenty of texture, while the white grapes add beautiful watermelon and rhubarb notes, plus a clean, mineral finish.
Superbloom is named after the wildflowers that erupt in the desert after a wetter-than-normal rainy season. They’re a sign that winter is over and warmer, happier days are ahead. We know that spring has not yet sprung in a lot of the country—but in the meantime, you can sip on Superbloom and dream of warm California nights.