La Clarine Farm 2020 'Angle of Repose' Red, Sierra Foothills

La Clarine Farm 2020 'Angle of Repose' Red, Sierra Foothills

Item Number: 16449

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Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): Grenache / Tannat
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 11.4
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Rocky clay
Case Production: 121

Winemaking Notes: This co-fermented blend of Grenache and Tannat is grown in a young vineyard planted on a rocky clay soil. The vines are head trained. Both varieties were picked together and fermented without destemming in open top vats. The fruit was foot crushed, then gently foot-trodden twice daily during fermentation. After a gentle pressing, the wine was aged in Flextank, with a touch of Albariño added. There was one racking before bottling.

Tasting Notes: The wine shows a deep red, but the Grenache has tempered the Tannat’s inky black. Lifted aromas of cherry and herbs, very Rhône-like, very Grenache. The Tannat shows itself with an earthy undertone. The Tannat grounds the Grenache, which can be over the top sometimes. The wine finishes with a flourish from the Tannat, all earth and acidity, and in this instance, the Grenache moderates the sometimes fierce tannins of the Tannat. Lovely.