La Clarine Farm 2015 Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills

La Clarine Farm 2015 Tempranillo, Sierra Foothills

Item Number: 10196

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 94% Tempranillo / 6% Albarino
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 13.2
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Schist and limestone
Case Production: 355

Vineyard Notes: The grapes hail from Matthew Rorick's vineyard near Murphys, California. The vines sit on an interesting mix of schist and limestone. The La Clarine grapes grow in the lower, slightly cooler block.

Winemaking Notes: The grapes were given the classic La Clarine treatment: foot crushed and whole cluster fermented with ambient yeast in open top fermentors. The grapes were pressed before dryness and let to finish fermentation in a combination of 600-liter puncheons and Flextanks. The wine was racked once just before bottling. 20ppm of sulfites were added at bottling. The wine was not fined or filtered.

Tasting Notes: The resulting wine shows black cherry, crushed thyme, pear skin and a touch of cocoa. It is medium-bodied with a good balance of fruit and savory notes. There are flashes of black pepper and sandstone. It is very lively on the palate with wonderful acidity. It opens up considerably with air and pairs wonderfully with mushroom risotto. It has the structural backbone to age for many years.

The Feiring Line, July 2017
"Hank has a thing for Tempranillo and grows some in his home vineyard. But this one, his first 100% Tempranillo, is made from grapes purchased from Matthew Rorick’s vines. I would give this one another year in the bottle to live up to the promise within. I had a lot to say about it. Tannin, freshness, bones and tea with a long finish."