La Clarine Farm 2017 'Piedi Grandi' Rouge, Sierra Foothills
Item Number: 13533
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Sumu Kaw Vineyard
Grape(s): 60% Nebbiolo / 40% Mouvedre
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 123
Piedi Grandi's name stems from the first vintage of the wine, which was foot crushed by Hank's friend and his daughters. The friend, John, is a big dude with big feet. 'Piedi Grandi' or big feet was named in honor of him. After 2018 provided zero Nebbiolo for La Clarine Farm (thank you so so much, Jack Frost), Hank has decided to take a break from this one. So, this will be the last vintage of the Piedi Grandi for the foreseeable future.
Winemaking Notes: For the 2017 vintage, Hank has returned to what he considers to be the ideal ratio of Nebbiolo to Mourvedre - about 60:40. As usual, the Piedi Grande was whole cluster fermented and aged in tank.
Tasting Notes: The 60:40 ratio allows the Nebbiolo to show its best characteristics (floral aromas, a bit of tar and roses really, and those amazingly energetic, fine-grained Nebbiolo tannins), while the Mourvèdre plays the important support role (mid-palate presence, approachability, and a bit of spice). In short - the Nebbiolo provides the flash, and the Mourvedre makes it drinkable in your lifetime.
The Feiring Line June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Another knockout Piedi Grandi from Hankster. The grapes, as usual, come from the local Sumu Kaw vineyard that sits at 2900 feet of elevation on volcanic loam soils. Hank’s choice was to ferment with 100% whole cluster in fiberglass. Then it was plunked into wood. The wine is alive. Elegant, suede and a hard nut of cranberry fruit in its center, with enough acid to make your trip vibrant and colorful. Of course, it’s even better the next day, and then the day after that, when its exuberance calms down into an intense conversation. Go ahead. Listen to it."