La Clarine Farm is not your typical California cult wine. It doesn’t have any big rating points. The wines aren’t models of super-concentrated, uber-velvety, extra ripe tannins (but they are definitely full of flavor, texture and life.) And these bottles sell for well below the usual Cali cult three figure prices. One thing these wines do have in common with the traditional California cult wines? They can be very difficult to get your hands on.
Unless you know where to shop. Which would be here, at Frankly Wines. Because if there are LCF wines to be had, we usually will have them. At least a case or two. And sometimes (like last week) we even had Hank himself.
A bit more background for those who aren’t already LCFanatics: Hank and his wife Caro make these wines on their small farm located in the Sierra Foothills of California. The vines share the land with goats and chickens and Hank works with as little intervention as possible, in the vineyard and the winery. These are wines that taste of where they’re from – and are simply delicious. And very well priced.
Stock comes and goes pretty quickly, so if you’re curious, we recommend grabbing a few bottles while you can. In stock now:
La Clarine Farm Piedi Grandi 2012 (Sierra Foothills, California):
The second vintage of Hank’s nebbiolo-based blend. There’s also some mourvedre and syrah in here. If you expect California to = big, ripe, and HUGELY CONCENTRATED, prepare to be surprised by the elegance and lightness of this wine. But lightness doesn’t mean lack of flavor. You’ll sniff out red fruits, pomegranate, crushed roses, spice, all back up by a sneaky structure and vibrant acidity. Tasty on the 1st day, but if you can keep from finishing a full bottle in one sitting, this wine is spectacular on the second day!