La Clarine Farm 2020 Albarino, Sierra Foothills
Item Number: 15704
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Rorick Heritage Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Albarino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 149
The crowd-pleasing La Clarine Albariño wine is back – this year with a bit of a twist! Hank had a brilliant flash of inspiration while driving their Albariño fruit back from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard (long drives will do that to you). What would happen if instead of making a "straight" direct press version AND a long skin ferment version, he just combined the two and circled the square? Albariño responds wonderfully to skin fermentation, and he thought it might be interesting to play with a partial skin ferment.
Winemaking Notes: 2/3 went into the press whole cluster, and the juice then fermented in tank. 1/3 of the fruit was foot crushed and fermented on its skins for one week. This smaller lot was then pressed off and added to the original 2/3rds. The wine then aged for 7 months on its lees.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a deeper, more golden color that the usual, but still retains that insanely powerful peach aroma profile with a backdrop of lemon zest. The aromas carry over to the palate – stone fruit up front, then lemon, then a herbal, textural tannic structure makes an appearance. It's not dominant, but it let's you know it is there. The wine has a refreshing medium body feel, and a crisp and clean finish. Refreshing is a key word here. The added dimension that the skin contact brings means this wine can pair with even more diverse foods than the standard Albariño. But, conversely, this wine is lovely drunk solo as an aperitif.