LE CLARINE FARM

La Clarine Farm – Snail Prize

SOMERSET

7721 Snowbird Ln.

tel. (530) 306-3608

www.laclarinefarm.com

laclarinefarm@gmail.com

3ac-30,000bt

 

‘‘Since 2001, Henry “Hank” Beckmeyer and Caroline Hoël have been making wine on their farm in the Sierra Foothills AVA «as naturally as possible»”

 

PEOPLE

A former rock musician and record label A&R guy, they lived for many years in Europe where they had the opportunity to interact with some of the world’s most renowned “natural winemakers”. As they describe it on their website, they add “no yeast, sulfur dioxide, oak chips, enzymes or concentrates in the cellar, and no chemicals.”

 

VINEYARDS

While Hank and Caroline source a small amount of their fruit from the 2.5 acres they farm themselves on their 10-acre estate, the majority of the fruit comes from neighboring farms with with whom they have long-standing relationships. All of their partner growers lie within a “half hour radius”. None of them are certified organic but it’s so dry up in the Sierra Foothills, says Hank, that farming practices are nearly always organic.

 

 

WINES

All fermentation is allowed to take place spontaneously. Some of the fermentations can take up to six months, says Hank. The Al basc 2017 is made from Albariño that spends seven months on its skins. It delivers nutty character and zinging acidity with deliciously unripe white fruit. The Piedi Grandi 2016 is a surprising blend of Nebbiolo, Mourvèdre, and Syrah with delicious red fruit and tannic character that never overwhelms the wine. Classic Nebbiolo flavors dominate here.

 

SLOW WINE

Syrah Sumu Kaw 2016

Foot-crushed and with no sulfur added except for a small amount at bottling, this wine is a great example of how Hank manages to create depth of flavor while maintaining a lithe and extremely well balanced style. Notes of dark fruit dance against light fruit flavors and classic savory notes.

 

FERTILIZERS compost

PLANT PROTECTION none

WEED CONTROL mowing

YEASTS spontaneous fermentation

GRAPES purchase 98%

CERTIFICATION none