Saturday Tasting: Vinca Minor

By April 26, 2018 Tasting No Comments
vinca minor rosé

Saturday, April 28th, 1-4pm
$10 for five wines (waived with $100 purchase)

Jason Edward Charles arrived at winemaking through a circuitous route, bouncing around Latin America and Europe taking photos, then waiting tables in New York, and then staging here and there before finding a place to put down roots—literally. For him, planting vines means linking one’s identity to a fixed place, establishing permanence and structure.

The wines balance these two poles: they have a lively, restless personality which expresses itself in spritely acidity and zesty aromas; but they also contain a certain sinew and complexity derived from the extremely old vines Jason has decided to work with. He works with iconic organic vineyards in Mendocino, Sonoma and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Ordinaire is not especially known for carrying things like California Chardonnay and Cabernet—but Jason’s are exceptional, and we’re excited to pour them for you. Also, his rosé, from 80+ year old vines, is one of the best you can get.

He’s committed to working naturally: sourcing organic fruit, fermenting with wild yeasts, never filtering or fining, and only using small amounts of sulfur at bottling. This Saturday, we taste five new releases. Come say hi and taste. Saturday 1-4pm. $10.

Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2016  $42
Farmed organically, young vines at 1400 elevation. Fruit was picked for acidity and direct pressed. Stainless steel fermented dry. Aged on heavy lees in neutral french oak for 16 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with 15 parts S02.

Mendocino Carignane Rosé 2017 $28
Certified Organic 85 year old dry farmed vines. Fruit was picked for acidity and direct pressed. Stainless steel fermented dry. Aged on heavy lees in old french oak barrels and stainless steel for 5 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with 10 parts of S02.

Mendocino Carignane $28
Certified Organic 85 year old dry farmed vines. Fruit was picked and partially de-stemmed. Fermented dry in open top fermenters. 11 months aging in neutral french oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with 20 parts of S02.

Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon  $42
Farmed organically, vines planted in the late 60’s. Fruit was picked and de-stemmed. Fermented dry in open top fermenters. Aged for 16 months in neutral french oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with 20 parts of S02.

Santa Cruz Mountains Merlot / Cabernet Franc  $47
Farmed organically, vines planted in the late 60’s. Fruit was picked and co-fermented in large open top fermenters. Aged for 16 months in neutral french oak. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with 20 parts of S02.