Iruai Vineyard Tierra Extraña Cabernet Franc 2020
Chad Hinds started out as a chef, entering the world of work during the great recession of 2008-09. As a diversifying strategy, he started learning more about wine, then quickly aligned his thinking around the connections between natural food and wine. Chad finished a degree in enology before deciding in 2013 to create a winery, which he calls Methode Sauvage (“wild method”), initially focusing on finding a voice for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc because he loves the grapes of the Loire Valley. As Chad’s interests and capabilities have grown, so has the range of wines he is producing as a sort of wunderkind of natural wines. In true gypsy form, the winery has taken on a new name, which is now the identity of Iruai.
Tierra Extraña means “strange land” and refers to the visiting Cabernet Franc which would usually feel at home in its native France. The wine is sourced from several cooler coastal sites, unusual for California as it is usually producing bigger fruiter wines. Whole Cluster fermentation and extended maceration bring a bounty of pepper and perfume to this great summer red....chill and enjoy.
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