Vinca Minor, Moonland
Mendocino White 2019
This white from Vinca Minor benefits from Jason's characteristic light touch and exceptional instincts (often leading him to try things that others wouldn't, and succeed). This wine is comprised of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Sauvignon Blanc from three organic vineyard sites across Mendocino’s Redwood Valley: Kazmet Ranch and Hawkeye Ranch (Chardonnay); and Upton Vineyard (Sauvignon Blanc). The fruit was direct pressed and fermented in a combination of neutral french oak and stainless steel.
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.