La Clarine Farm 2018 'Rose Alors!' Sierra Foothills

La Clarine Farm 2018 'Rose Alors!' Sierra Foothills

Item Number: 13977

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Sumu Kaw Vineyard
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Mourvedre
Type: Wine - Rose
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Volcanic loam
Elevation: 2,900 feet
Case Production: 208

Fining: No
Filtering: No

Terroir Notes: The Mourvedre is from the Sumu Kaw Vineyard at 2,900 feet on volcanic loam soils.

Winemaking Notes: Whole cluster Mourvedre grapes were lightly foot crushed and loaded into the press for a long, gentle pressing. The juice was put immediately into old, neutral 158-gallon puncheons for barrel fermentation with ambient yeast. Malolactic fermentation occurred spontaneously. The puncheons were combined and left to rest for 10 months before bottling. Then the wine rested in the cellar until spring 2020 release.

Tasting Notes: The 2018 vintage is turning out to be one of the best in recent memory, with full-flavored, intriguing wines with great balance and aging potential. The La Clarine 2018 Rosé Alors! is a great example of this. The wine has been aging in bottle since June 2019, and it has gained complexity while still retaining its youthful vigor. Showing a deep, healthy sockeye salmon color, the wine has lifted raspberry, strawberry, and watermelon aromas. It is medium-bodied, and the berry flavors continue on the palate. It ends with a distinct mineral note and a long, lingering finish.


  • The Feiring Line
    Rating: NR (1/1/2021)

    Here we have Hank’s typically perverse logic: leave the oak out of the zin and chardo, barrel ferment the rosé. The Suma Kaw fruit was barrel fermented in puncheons and then rested for ten months before bottling. At first, the wine tasted reduced, but it quickly resolved. The underlying cherry came out. The wine lasted and lasted for ten days (I practiced restraint—just a few sips each day!) and was refreshingly down-the-hatchable all the while.