2020 marks our second vintage of the Waves white wine. Our goal is to make a canned wine that is bursting with personality and deliciousness. This is a lightly sparkling white wine that is incredibly classy — we are so happy with it.
Old vine French colombard, with its light fruitiness, takes us to our happy place. The flavors of this variety on its own are round, with melon and marshmallow notes, but by adding barbera and a touch of chenin blanc, we were able to give the wine more definition and minerality on the palate. The 2020 Waves White has aromas of white peach, honeydew melon, and grapefruit along with hints of wet stone. The palate shows melon, grapefruit, and a gentle sparkle and racy acidity. This is the grown-up version of Squirt, the iconic soft drink we enjoyed on hot summer days as kids.
Ricetti Vineyard French Colombard: 94% dry farmed, certified organic Testa Vineyard Barbera: 25% certified organic Norgard Vineyard Chenin Blanc: 15% conventional certified sustainable (soon organic) The Ricetti vineyard is in Redwood Valley, just north of Ukiah, with vines planted in the 1950s. The barbera comes from Testa’s vineyard in Redwood Valley. Norgard Vineyard is in Talmage, just east of the town of Ukiah, and the chenin blanc vines were planted in 1980. French colombard and barbera are both late-ripening varieties, but we picked them pretty early. The barbera (a red grape variety) was quite heavily cropped, so it had this screaming high acidity and very little color. Although we originally selected the variety for our Rosato, we also thought it would be perfect for the Waves white because it was so linear and cut like a laser. We separated the juice into light and hard press fractions which each saw a 10ppm sulfur addition. After settling for a day, we racked each fraction to a new tank for fermentation. The wines started fermenting naturally after about five days and we transferred to a number of non-stainless steel vessels: large- format oak, concrete eggs and sandstone amphora. We aged the individual wines on their lees for five months, at which point we racked and blended the wines and added some chenin blanc to bring up the minerality. The wine was not fined, but we decided to filter it because when you are drinking wine out of a can, you want that last sip to be as good as the first.
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 intended 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. Our lighter wines can elevate your daily experiences. Bring the elegant bubbles of our Sparkling Wine to your best friends engagement party. Nestle the Rosé into your backpack for a trip to the park to watch an epic sunset. Pair the chilled Glou Glou with a margherita pizza to make takeout tastier. Our medium bodied reds pair with deep savory meals and create thought provoking moments. A holiday dinner includes a conversation about Carignan. The Cabernet Sauvignon is brought to your favorite restaurant to share a taste with your server. “Does this remind you of 70’s Napa?” And our Sweet Berry Wine demands explanation, inspires stories, and creates joy. For your Wine! We are very excited to share our wines with you—there are more to come! Cheers, Joel & Eric