Iruai Teroldego Lounge Lizard Rosé
1 in stock
Region: Trinity Lakes, California
Grape varieties: 100% Teroldego
Iruai Teroldego Lounge Lizard Rosé is a wild, rocky, and bounding ride with a just-pied-in-the-face frisson of big blackberry energy, lime zest, and pixy stix.
Song: What A Fool Believes by The Doobie Brothers
1 in stock
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About Iruai Teroldego Lounge Lizard Rosé
Iruai Teroldego Lounge Lizard Rosé proudly dances to the beat of its own steel drum. What was intended to be a light and simple rosé, decided to wander. Chad’s lackadaisical rosé ferment hero took nearly six months to go dry, and along the way, it rode bareback on a wild mare through an alpine valley in bloom, dined on every untamed blackberry thicket crowding the full winding length of the great lazy river, and crawled on its hands and knees into a cozy rabbit den to wind away the night to the hoots and plucking of a better than average woodland critter jug band. Well…after a long hibernation with those anthropomorphized critters, the rosé ferment finally went dry. Chad named it ‘Lounge Lizard,’ because of its laziness, but he means that as a compliment. In tarot parlance, the ‘Lounge Lizard’ would be ‘The Fool,’ and we could all use a reminder to let our inner ‘Fool’ flag fly: cast off the worries of the world, if only for a bit of day drinking. The ’21 ‘Lounge Lizard’ Rosé is wild, rocky, and bounding with a just-pied-in-the-face frisson of big blackberry energy. Enjoy in the sun, in good company, and in quantity.
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.