2016 J BRIX "ROUGAROU - MCCORMICK RANCH VINEYARD" SAN DIEGO COUNTY CARIGNAN
This comes from the 37 year-old McCormick Ranch Vineyard in San Diego County, where Carignan vines that have survived two fires are planted to decomposed granite, sandy and stony loam soils. Organically farmed, and all the fruit is hand-picked at sunrise. It went through native primary and malolactic fermentations, followed by nine months aging in neutral French oak barrels, with only one racking before bottling unfined and unfiltered with negligible sulfur. Juicy, fresh and bright, with high toned red fruits balanced by savory, meaty notes. A great example of the potential of this emerging region, no two sips of this fascinating wine are the same.
To quote the winemakers: "The Rougarou (pronounced Roo-gah-roo) is a legendary Cajun shapeshifter, part-animal, connected to the sacred rhythms of the earth, often feared and misunderstood by those who do not understand it. This minimally tended survivor vineyard (in San Diego!) produces a shapeshifting, unexpected wine of concentration and surprise."
About: From the site to the soil to the growing season, J. Brix wines, if they're doing their work correctly, will speak in their own voices. Founders husband and wife Jody Brix Towe and Emily Towe adore the variety California has to offer, which means they find themselves compelled to make tiny quantities of as many different wines as they can... and, they try to add a new grape or style each harvest. Their fruit comes from a number of vastly different, soul-stirring vineyards. They use neutral vessels, native-yeast fermentation, and absolutely nothing else, with the exception of sulfur dioxide as necessary. In keeping with this minimalist approach, they choose not to fine, filter or cold-stabilize our wines. Their motto, in winemaking and life: Only Love. (Producer)
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