SECOND SATURDAY: CALIFORNIA <3
You think you knew California wine, but you really had no idea... we're here to dispel the myths and pour some stellar bottles from some of our perennial favorite producers.
La Clarine Farm Albariño Sierra Foothills 2016 ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SIERRA FOOTHILLS / Varietal(s): ALBARINO --- Hank and Caroline Beckmeyer are the minimalist winemakers/farmers/proprietors of La Clarine Farm, located at 2600 feet in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills. On their 10 acres, they grow grapes, raise goats and share their space with numerous dogs, cats, bees, chickens, birds, gophers, flowers and herbs. Their winemaking is based on Hank's insistence on questioning status quo of the wine world: "Why does everyone I knew (at the time) add an isolated strain of yeast to their musts? What would happen if I didn't, and relied solely on the indigenous (or ambient) yeasts? Why was everyone automatically adding SO2 at the crusher, and then at every racking? Why do you need to add an enzyme to quicken the extraction rate of the must?" His answers to these questions are the wines of La Clarine Farm, which see no added yeasts, no SO2 at the crusher, no destemming, no SO2 addition at any point in the process unless needed, no new oak, and no enzymes to speed up color and flavor extraction. For this singular albariño, the grapes are farmed with minimal inputs by Matthew Rorick's (of Forlorn Hope) crew in Murphys, CA. Green-gold color in the glass, the wine bursts with gooseberry and peach. Medium-bodied with stone fruits, great acidity, and mineral textures on the palate. As Hank says, "They can't quite do this in Spain."
Stolpman Vineyards "Para Maria de los Tecolotes" Rosé Santa Barbara County 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SYRAH+CABERNET SAUVIGNON+CABERNET FRANC ---
Maria Solorzano is the unsung hero/forewoman of Stolpman Vineyards. She has spent her career tending to the vines, enacting the viticultural visions of her husband Ruben, who is Stolpman's head vineyard manager. Maria grew up in the small Jaliscan village of Santa Cruz two hours away from Guadalajara and just a few miles from Ruben’s ranchito. Ruben and other locals in the area always referred to party-people from Santa Cruz as Tecolotes, or [night] owls. In honor of Maria, Stolpman Vineyards created a beautifully-crafted woodblock print of an owl’s face and officially named the new wine “Para Maria de los Tecolotes” or "Maria of the Owls". And we can't think of a better way to spend a sunny spring Saturday than with a chilled bottle of Para Maria. Aromas of lush tropical fruit and fresh tart cherries, combined with crisp, cleansing acidity, make this a go-to, light-profile pink.
Stolpman Vineyards Sangiovese "Love You Bunches" Santa Barbara County 2017- SUSTAINABLY GROWN
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: SANTA BARBARA COUNTY / Varietal(s): SANGIOVESE --- "Love You Bunches" is a wine with roots in a 2016 wedding attended by vigneron Pete Stolpman, where his Stolpman carbonic sangiovese was served as the party wine. "Carbonic" is short for "carbonic maceration", a winemaking technique which brings forth the bright fruitfulness of red grapes while also softening tannin. Fast forward to 2017 and we have the most recent release of this juice-bomb, renamed "Love You Bunches" (a reference to the use of whole grape bunches during the fermentation). Bursting with vibrant energy, the carbonic sangiovese is a light-hearted wine meant to drink cold. Firm, crunchy cherries, red grapefruit with loads of acid and a popping tannin structure that makes the wine extremely food friendly.
Robert Sinskey Vineyards "POV" Los Carneros 2013 - CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Country: USA / Region: CALIFORNIA / Appellation: LOS CARNEROS / Varietal(s): MERLOT+CABERNET FRANC+CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Robert Sinskey is an atypical vintner. He is a native Californian and a wine guy who did not attend wine school. Instead, Rob received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design in New York City. Over the past twenty-five years he has grown his 100% organic and biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of vineyards in the Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The "POV" bottling is a classic right-bank Bordeaux-style blend packed with stewed red berry fruit, chocolate-mocha, bramble, and sweet spice. Open and watch how this bottle evolves over the course of an evening, if it lasts that long.