Las Jaras is a joint project between Eric Wareheim (of Master of None and the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! fame) and his friend Joel Burt, who has been making wine in Napa and Sonoma since the early 2000’s.
Joel & Eric on this wine: “We are obsessed with all things Italian: pasta, disco, cars, and wine. So of course we jumped at the opportunity to work with two iconic organically grown Italian varieties, Sangiovese and Montepulciano, in 2019, despite the paradox that both are big grapes while we are all about restraint and nuance in wine. This is why we decided to vinify them as a rosato (the Italian term for rosé). The 2020 blend got a bit more variety due to the challenging year, but the result offers the same amount of piacere(pleasure): a rich, softly textured wine that drinks more like fine white wine than your typical pale pink, feather-light rosé. Perfect for that moment when you transition from the pool to the dinner table for a candlelit, alfresco meal.”
Varieties: 28% Sangiovese, 18% Montepulciano, 24% Dolcetto, 19% Barbera, 11% Negroamaro
Winemaking: Each of the vineyard blocks was harvested and vinified separately. The fruit was lightly treaded and pressed shortly thereafter. After settling overnight at ambient temperature, each lot was racked with light lees to a stainless steel tank and kept in the tank until native fermentation started. A small 10ppm dose of sulfur was added and the tanks were racked to their fermentation and aging vessels, which were a mixture of concrete eggs and large format barrels (500-600L). The wines were aged until winter and underwent native malolactic fermentation. After some racking and moving between the vessels, the wine was finally racked and blended in April and bottled with no fining or filtration.
Personality: subtle notes of wet stones, star anise, tangerine, yellow nectarine both in scent and flavor. Silky and round, it has a long finish that gives a slight pucker and leaves you thirsty for another sip. Winemakers’ tip: “This wine is going to be lovely all the way through winter, and if you can resist the temptation to drink it all, it will be lovely when aged for longer than a year.”