La Clarine Farm 2019 'Rose Alors!' Sierra Foothills

La Clarine Farm 2019 'Rose Alors!' Sierra Foothills

Item Number: 15703

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: El Dorado
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Sumu Kaw Vineyard
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): 100% Mourvèdre
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 12.7
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Volcanic loam
Elevation: 3,000 feet
Case Production: 182

Vineyard Notes: The grapes are organically grown at 3,000 feet at the amazing Sumu Kaw Vineyard in central El Dorado. The soils there are volcanic loam, and the vineyard always seems to produce wines with extraordinary aromas.

Winemaking Noes: The La Clarine Farm Rosé Alors is 100% Mourvèdre and entirely barrel fermented. The fruit was hand picked on September 25th, foot crushed, and the loaded into the press. The only time on the skins was the 2+ hours of press time. The juice was pumped into puncheons for the spontaneous fermentation. After the wine went dry, and malo was complete, it was racked into a combo of puncheon and tank for aging. Just before bottling, on July 17, 2020, it was racked clean into tanks and then into bottle. The wine rested until its release, some 9 months later.

Tasting Notes:
The 2019 Rosé Alors shows a moody salmon-gold color. There are very forward tree-fruit blossoms, strawberries, and peaches & cream aromas, with a touch of strawberry leaf and crumbly loam lurking underneath. Medium-bodied, with lovely fruit (more berries!), and a flash of pear skin show in the mouth. It finishes with a hint of tannin (this is Mourvèdre, after all), and lingers on, with earthy tones, round acidity and white pepper vying for your attention. This will be a great wine for most all summertime cuisine, and complements spicy foods very nicely.

Reviews

  • The Feiring Line
    Rating: NR (7/15/2021)

    In an ocean of this season’s rosés, none spoke to me. Then this came along. In 2019, Hank’s wines were gorgeous, and this rosé is a perfect example of grapes under grace. The mourvèdre comes from the righteous Sumu Kaw Vineyard. Salty. Saline. Wind and rain and… a salty beach plum. It has a little cherry, sweet fennel, spark, and a lot of delicateness. After a week open, it was just as juicy as six days previous. This wine does what it’s supposed to do: refreshes. The wine will effortlessly eases you into and through the summer. And if you lay it down, this rosé will bring in 2022 as well. Buy by the case… if you can find it.