A Cali Côtes du Rhône With Major Bojo Vibes
Iruai’s Bloom Phase Red is a nod to wines of the Southern Rhône, done in an easy-breezy style. A mixture of 40% Grenache, 40% Pinot Gris whole cluster fermented, coupled with 18% Syrah, and 2% Muscat for added floral qualities. Sourced from California and Oregon’s rising star AVA, the Rogue Valley.
- Iruai was started in 2013 by Chad and Michelle Westbrook Hinds - formerly of Methode Sauvage - in Berkeley, CA as a gypsy natural wine project, before settling in the Shasta-Cascade Mountains.
- They use avant garde vineyard planting and rehabilitation techniques from Masanobu Fukoka and some ideas of their own.
- Chad and Michelle describe the unique terroir of Western Siskiyou County as a cross between Switzerland and Montana; lending their wines an alpine vibe.
- The Rogue Valley AVA is considered the “next big AVA” in Oregon and is the warmest and driest region of Oregon.