La Clarine Farm 2018 'Al Basc' (Albarino Skin Contact), Sierra Foothills
Item Number: 13532
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Grape(s): 100% Albarino
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 11
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Case Production: 79
Winemaking Notes: The 2018 vintage of La Clarine's skin-fermented and skin-macerated Albariño was whole cluster fermented in an open-top fermented for 10 days before being transferred to various sized Flextanks for a 7 month long maceration. Hank leaves the wine until the following Spring, then gently racks (no pressing). It was bottled unfined and unfiltered with all of its cloudy, intense glory.
Tasting Notes: The Al Basc shows a deep amber color with an intriguing combination of fresh grape skin and dried apricot fruit aromas. They carry through on the palate, along with spice notes and a savory tannin structure (not aggressive). The wine has firm tannins, but Albariño's acidity gives it a lift, keeping it light on its feet.
Pairing Notes by Hank Beckmeyer: "The Al Basc is amazingly flexible with a large variety of food choices. We’ve paired it with fish, meat and cheeses, all of them delicious together. I suspect that wines like these will age pretty much forever. We’ve had bottles open for weeks that showed few signs of degradation, but rather gained depth and complexity. (I wouldn’t recommend the “bottle opened for weeks” as a regular practice, though. We experiment so you don’t have to.)"