La Clarine Farm 2017 'B-Sides' (Mourvedre/Syrah), Sierra Foothills

La Clarine Farm 2017 'B-Sides' (Mourvedre/Syrah), Sierra Foothills

Item Number: 13535

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): Mourvedre / Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 11.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic loam soil
Elevation: 2900 to 3000 feet
Case Production: 154

This Mourvedre and Syrah duo came about after Hank had blended together his 2017 Funky Drummer . There were several lots of really delicious wine that didn’t make that blend, so, taking his cue from the musical inspiration already in the air, Hank decided the A-side cut (Funky Drummer) needed a B-Side.

Winemaking Notes: The Mourvèdre was sourced from a plot near Camino, CA. This is a young-ish vine plot that previously went into the Jambalaia Rouge blend. The Syrah is from Sumu Kaw. These vines are mature, and lend a bit of gravitas to the blend, helping to anchor the wine. Everything was whole cluster fermented and aged in tank. The wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: The B-Sides is bright and full of energy, showing lovely flashes of smoke and soil. There is a slight autumnal feel to the wine, like the warm glow of late afternoon, low-angle sunlight through golden/red tree leaves, spilling through your living room window. This is the perfect red wine for Fall drinking.


  • The Feiring Line
    Rating: NR (10/11/2019)

    Conceived as the b-side to his Funky Drummer, the grapes for this wine come from volcanic soiled plots, around 3000 feet up. Young mourvèdre comes from near Camino. Mature syrah is from down the block at Sumu Kaw. Per usual, 100% full cluster here. I swear you can feel a generational tension between the two vine blocks, but in the end they get along brilliantly. Easy. Fun. Delicate. Some fizz, but not too much. Tastes like leather under dried persimmons.