The Wine: Iruai California Alps 2018
Methode Sauvage Iruai California Alps is a white natural wine from California made from 40% Chardonnay, 30% Savagnin, 30% Bergeron. Inspired by the white wines of the Jura and Savoie regions of the French Alps, this blend of high elevation sites from the Shasta-Cascade region down to El Dorado and Calaveras County is all about the interplay between electric acidity and generous texture. Dried flowers and brush, framed by green apple, almond and citrus - imagine dropping a Ricola into a margarita and setting off in a canoe. Taste the Alps!
The Producer: Iruai • Methode Sauvage
Methode Sauvage was started in 2013 by Chad Hinds. We began, striving to find a voice for California Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc from all over the state. In the Spring of 2018, we will begin planting a vineyard in the California Alps of Siskiyou County, using the permaculture methods laid out by Masanobu Fukuoka. In the spirit of this new project, we have begun experimenting with wine styles and varietals from the Alps of Europe.
We seek to make wine with a sense of place by employing no additives and removing no character. We explore a diverse array of exceptional vineyard sites, with the goal of channeling terroir and showcasing California's diversity.
The Region: Calaveras County, California