The Wine: 'Rougarou' Carignan 2017
J. Brix 'Rougarou' Carignan is a red natural wine from California, San Diego, made from 100% Carignan grapes. Multi-layered nose with raspberry dust, dried orange peel, and black tea leaves. Earthy on the palate with black pepper and herbs. Partial whole-berry fermentation; nine months in neutral French oak barrels, unfiltered, and unfined.
The Producer: J Brix
From the producer's website
From the site to the soil to the growing season, our wines, if we're doing our work correctly, will speak in their own voices. We adore the variety California has to offer, which means we find ourselves compelled to make tiny quantities of as many different wines as we can... and, we try to add a new grape or style each harvest. Our fruit comes from a number of vastly different, soul-stirring vineyards. We use neutral vessels, native-yeast fermentation, and absolutely nothing else, with the exception of sulfur dioxide as necessary. In keeping with this minimalist approach, we choose not to fine, filter or cold-stabilize our wines. Our motto, in winemaking and life: Only Love.
The Region: San Diego