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2020 Mourvedre "sierra foothills"
La Clarine Farm
2020 Rosé Alors!
2020 Cabernet Franc
2017 La Paciencia
Our third Sierra Foothills release of Mourvèdre, partially from the Sumu Kaw vineyard and partially from Cedarville Vineyard. Together, in the right years, they produce a compelling and joyous wine. A wine about up-front enjoyment and the bounty of a good harvest.
Aromas of plum and thyme mingle with sweet earth notes. Perhaps a touch of nori seaweed. Medium bodied, with ripe fruit and tangy acids. Nice long finish with more herbal notes, cherry, and just the right amount of tannins to hold it all together.
This wine should drink great from the get-go, and will probably age nicely for 4-5 years. A very slight chill is appealing. Pair it with fresh summer meals and warm summer nights.
123 cases made. 13% abv.
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Another grape that I have been itching to try out, these vines are grown at almost 3000’ on volcanic loam soil. The block rests in a slight drainage, so it’s a little slower to warm up in the morning, and cools off quicker in the evenings.
We made this one much like we did the Gamay - very traditionally. The quality was instantly apparent, as the crush pad was filled with red fruits and herbal aromas. We pressed it into puncheons for aging. It was racked once just before bottling.
Deep red plum color. Powerful aromas of black cherry, thyme, rosemary and graphite. Medium bodied, with a vivacious dose of fruit, earth, acidity and tannins, all nicely balanced. A compelling wine that will make you come back for another glass. If you like Cab Franc, you will love this. A perfect combination of flavors. Get out the saucisson!
104 cases made. 12% alc
The 2020 Rosé Alors! was picked over a one week period in mid-September. It is composed of Mourvedre (67%), Counoise (20%) and Grenache (13%). Everything was direct pressed into both tank and puncheon for primary and secondary fermentation. The finished wine was aged on the lees, and racked once over the winter. We then bottled it (without fining or filtration) and let the bottles rest for 9 months to mature before release.
It displays a beautiful color pink, and it's fallen quite clear. Wonderful aromas of pink grapefruit, some herbs, pomegranate. In the mouth it is medium bodied, generous, with strawberries and blood orange flavors. Lots of minerals in the finish, with good grip, very light tannins. A lovely springtime wine!
160 cases produced. 13.3% abv.
2020 Angle of Repose Red
This co-fermented blend of Grenache and Tannat is grown in a young vineyard planted on a rocky clay soil. The vines are head trained. Last year (2019) we made a Rosé from the young vines; this year, a red was on order.
Both varieties were picked together and fermented without destemming in open top vats. The fruit was foot crushed, then gently foot-trodden twice daily during fermentation. After a gentle pressing, the wine was aged in Flextank, with a touch of Albariño added. There was one racking before bottling.
The wine shows a deep red, but the Grenache has tempered the Tannat’s inky black. Lifted aromas of cherry and herbs, very Rhône-like, very Grenache. The Tannat shows itself with an earthy undertone.
Again, Rhône like flavors on the palate, showing how well this unlikely duo plays together. The Tannat grounds the Grenache, which can be over the top sometimes.
The wine finishes with a flourish from the Tannat, all earth and acidity, and in this instance, the Grenache moderates the sometimes fierce tannins of the Tannat. Lovely. Proof that all roads lead to Rhône.
121 cases made. 11.4% alc.
This 100% Tempranillo was grown on slate soils. We picked it at 23 brix, whole cluster fermented it for 7 days, and pressed it off into 600 liter puncheons for aging.
The wine remained in puncheon for two years, was then bottled, and recived a further one year of bottle aging before releases. It is our version of the Spanish Reserva wines.
La Paciencia is drinking so nicely right now, with a very smooth mid-palate texture. The wine has the structure to age, too.
I would recommend serving this wine with heartier dishes, such as grilled meats. A very slightly chilled serving temperature is very pleasant! But not too cold!
Only the third varietal bottling I've made from Viognier, this vintage shows everything that we like about it. A blend of two vineyard sites, one on decomposed granite giving wild flower aromas and minerality, and the other on volcanic loam providing fruit and mid-palate richness. Both vineyards are at over 2700' elevation.
The two harvests were both whole cluster pressed directly into flextanks and left to ferment. A spontaneous malolactic fermentation also occurred. The wines were blended together and left on their lees until bottling (unfined/unfiltered). We then let the bottles sit for 9 months before release.
The wine shows a light golden color, with a very light haze. Obviously unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of citrus skin, white flower, and peach. It is medium to full bodied, fairly luxurious on the palate, with notes of greengage plum. A mineral, long and textural finish.
123 cases produced. 13.5% abv.
The Sumu Kaw Vineyard sits on volcanic loam soil at 3000', and always seems to give us syrah which shows a lovely, nuanced and complex wine. This vintage is no different. We harvested the syrah fairly late in 2019, towards the end of September. The grapes were foot crushed and fermented in open-top fermenters for 10 days. The free run wine was then drained into tank and puncheons for aging (the press wine went into the B-Sides blend). The wine was racked twice before bottling unfiltered in June of 2021.
The medium plummy red color matches the earth, smoke, iron, and herbs aromas. With some air, some lovely cherry aromas come poking through. This syrah is medium bodied, aromas carry through on the palate, with some tar notes added.
Very light on its feet, sleek, with a long finish, lots of herbs coming through, acidity plays well with the very fine tannins. This is a subtle wine, showing great precision and delineation. It will age well, as there is a lot going on in here, but in the short term, it needs a bit of time in a decanter.
153 cases made. 12.4% abv.
Vintage 2021 officially began to go wobbly on Friday, August 13. Yup, Friday the 13th. First day of harvest. On my way to Matthew Rorick's vineyard in Murphys, CA, about a 90 min drive south of here, my truck decided I no longer needed to steer it. Tow truck time...
Anyway, Matthew graciously put my freshly picked Albariño grapes into his cold storage, and I was able to pick them up the next day in my pickup. There were only 1.5 tons to be had, as a heavy frost the previous May had wiped out a good portion of the crop.
Back at La Clarine Farm, we pressed the grapes into a tank, cleaned up, and went back to normal life.
At 3:30 am early Tuesday morning, the 17th, we received the first of our evacuation notices. A small fire 7-8 miles east of us had exploded that night into a monster. Power was already out, and we grabbed everything we could fit into the truck and our travel trailer by flashlight and headlamp, and got out of there. The lone tank of fermenting Albariño was left to its own devices.
When we were allowed to return home, 19 days later (power had been restored just the day before), I checked on my tank of wine.
It smelled good, it tasted good. It had gone dry. It was quite intense, with a richness I associate with wines from the Alsace. Brilliant acidity.
Bottled early this year without filtration, the wine shows a slightly hazy golden hue. Reticent aromas of guava and greengage plum skin, amazing feel in the mouth, and a long finish bolstered by a delicious acid backbone.
Only 60 cases made. 12.8% abv.
Are-Bure-Boke ("grainy-blurry-out of focus") takes a cue from a Japanese photography movement of the late 1960s. This wine is a very spontaneous co-fermentation of Grenache (88%) and Barbera (12%). Foot crushed in an open top fermenter for 8 days, with twice daily punchdowns, and pressed into an amphora for aging. We bottled it unfiltered directly from said amphora in June of 2021.
Brilliant cherry red color. It is very Grenache nose - cherries, herbs, with a light note of tar. In the mouth, it is medium bodied, savory, slightly meaty - very Barbera! It finishes with good grip, balanced with acidity, lip smacking. Chillable, crushable. A moreish blend!
Only 45 cases produced. 11.7% abv
Because of the summer heat, and the current unreliability of delivery times,
we will resume wine shipments in the Fall.