Vinca Minor Carignan
Winemaker: Jason Charles and Emily O'Hara Charles
Appellation: Redwood Valley, Mendocino, California
Grape Varieties: Carignan
Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested as whole bunches which are and pressed to stainless steel and used french oak. The bunches are foot tread for 3 hours, after which point the juice is pressed to tank and barrel. The wine is aged 5 months before being bottled, unfined and unfiltered, with 10 parts per million of sulfur added.
Viticulture: Rosewood Vineyards is farmed organically by a couple who have been on the property for over four generations.
Jason Charles spent time after College working as a photographer in the US, Mexico, and Europe. He caught the wine bug waiting tables in New York City restaurants. After experiences working in vineyards in Saint Emilion in Bordeaux and the Sonoma Coast, Jason started the Vinca Minor label to “explore the intersection between farmer, winemaker and artist.” He believes in organic farming, and attempts to make the wines as naturally as possible, always working with indigenous yeast, never filtering or fining, and racking only once before bottling. Jason started last year with a special plot of very old carignan vines in Redwood Valley, Mendocino, and will harvest a second vineyard of Merlot in Napa Valley in 2014 for the first time.