Iruai Shasta Cascade Red

$33.00

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Vintage: 2020
Region: Trinity Lakes, California, United States
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Trousseau, Mondeuse, Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris

Iruai Shasta Cascade Red is a natty blend of alpine grapes grown near Mt Shasta in Northern California. Earthy, spicy, and chuggable.

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About Iruai Shasta Cascade Red

Iruai Shasta Cascade Red is a natty blend of alpine grapes grown near Mt Shasta in Northern California. Earthy, spicy, and chuggable.

Winemaker Chad Hinds says the wine is “Born out of the mythical wine-growing region I’ve taken to calling the Shasta-Cascade (from the Siskiyou Wilderness in the mountains of far Southern Oregon, down through the colliding cascades and Trinity Alps that give rise to the mysterious Mount Shasta). This wine is a love letter to our winery’s wild new home in Scott Valley, pioneering a sense of place that channels a vast mineral range, a savage elevation, and a generous beauty. Trousseau brings the blood orange tang, Monduese adds high-toned black fruit and a peppery perfume, while the Blaufränkisch rounds things out with a bitter kick and savory structure.”

About Iruai Wines

Iruai Winery (“ear-oo-eye” … the artist formerly known as Methode Sauvage) was started in 2013 by Chad and Michelle Westbrook Hinds in Berkeley, CA as a gypsy natural wine project, before laying down roots in the mythical Shasta-Cascade mountains of Siskiyou County.

Trading in the urban winery hustle for the vigneron life, the couple are exploring avant-garde vineyard planting and rehabilitation techniques using the permaculture methods laid out by Masanobu Fukuoka, while formulating their own “chaos organics” method of re-enchanting the land. Truly unlike anywhere else in California, Western Siskiyou County feels like a cross between Switzerland and Montana, cut with a rain shadow from Mount Shasta that divides it starkly between high mountain prairie and dense alpine forests.

Finding themselves in a largely untested grape-growing territory, with high elevations and a continental climate, Chad and Michelle have turned Iruai into exploration and celebration of esoteric varieties that flourish in the Alps of Europe. Together they work to grow Iruai’s Western Siskiyou County estate projects, purchase fruit and lease vineyards throughout the Shasta-Cascade, from the Trinity Alps of California to the Siskiyou Mountains of Southern Oregon.

Chad and Michelle seek to make wine with a sense of place by employing no additives and removing no character. Their goal in the vineyard is to let the vines thrive as they would in the wild, and in the cellar, to shepherd each ferment through its own natural development and evolution.

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