Wine + Peace
Jason Charles

Vinca Minor, Moonland

Mendocino Carignan, Petite Sirah & Gewürztraminer 2020





Production Notes: The Year of Magical Rosé

In Barolo, a challenging vintage can prompt a producer to declassify a top-tier wine from a prized vineyard — a win for consumers, who get to experience a world-class site for a song. Amidst the catastrophic wildfire season of 2020 we watched a similar dynamic play out across California, wherein fruit from renowned heritage vineyards — normally reserved for premium reds — was rerouted into a flurry of extraordinary rosés (a creative pivot that allowed producers to avoid the unwanted flavor compounds of smoke taint, which reside in the grape skins). Which brings us to Jason’s exciting new rosé offering — a blend of Carignan, Petite Sirah and Gewürztraminer sourced from Redwood Valley and Anderson Valley — arguably the best of Mendocino’s disparate inland and coastal areas, respectively. The Carignan and Petit Sirah were co-fermented together for five days before being pressed off their skins into neutral French oak barrels. In the spring of 2021, these barrels were blended with the Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer. 116 cases produced. 13% abv.

Mendocino Carignan, Petite Sirah & Gewürztraminer - 2020
A once-in-a-century rosé from a once-in-a-century vintage. Brisk and flinty with more energy than a Tokyo discothèque. Late summer peaches, yuzu gummies. 

When Jason established Vinca Minor in 2013 he made the prescient decision to build his brand around old-vine Mendocino Carignan, a grape few knew of — and even fewer raved about. Since then, his bold, minimalist handling of the grape has earned him much acclaim and placed him at the forefront of California’s natural wine movement. He's also helped make Carignan an emerging star. Now he’s part of California’s experimental vanguard, pushing the the boundaries of fermentation and site expression. With his new beyond-wine project, Moonland, Jason is showing that apples and pears may have an exciting role to play in the future of an industry combatting wildfires, drought and other realities of climate change.

Jason Charles

Vinca Minor, Moonland

Berkeley, CA

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