Usually I don’t like it when someone who is trying to sell me something gets pushy.  But when it comes to wine and Christy Frank of Frankly Wines gets pushy and tells me I must buy something, I actually listen.  She had recommended La Clarine Farm to me before and insisted I buy a bottle.  Well I did so and was really blown away by the purity of the fruit in this wine.  It is quite striking and to think that all the wine making is done in such a natural manner as to allow the fruit to speak as unadulterated as possible.  It’s all there on the back of the label, plain and simple.

This reminds me of 2009 Beaujolais, but more refined and restrained, yet more expressive?  It is hard to get over a true sense of purity when it comes to the fruit.  If I could fault one thing, it might be some tannins lingering on the finish (thanks Tannat!).  Will they resolve with time, will the wine improve with age?  And what’s with the cork, or lack there of.  There is a Vino-seal closure, which I have yet to come across personally, though I have read about it.  I am a fan of cork, but that said, this is interesting.  And when you are producing wine on such a small and quality scale, you can afford to take some chances.  Which brings me to the final and saddest point of all when it comes to this wine.  There is very little of it out there.  Very, very little in fact.  In deed, it almost does not exist.  Only 306 bottles were produced.  That works out to more or less 25 (ish) cases, which means that they only made one barrel?  I am not even going to try and figure out how this is commercially viable.  Based on the philosophy behind La Clarine Farm (“La Clarine Farm is located at 2600 feet in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills.  On our 10 acres (4 Ha) we grow wine grapes, raise goats and share our space here with numerous dogs, cats, bees, chickens, birds, gophers, flowers and herbs.”), I am not even sure they care.  They do, in fact, produce several other bottlings.  All of which are sold out on their website.  There is one tiny silver lining here.  And this is probably a very limited time offer, but Frankly Wines has a few of the Home Vineyard’s left and also some Mourvedre.  I plan on trying the Mourvedre asap and grabbing a couple more of the Home Vineyards for the cellar.  It’s such a shame that there is not more wine like this coming out of California.  And an even bigger shame that this one is so limited.

La Clarine Farm – Home Vineyard ~ $29.99

The Home Vineyard bottling is a field blend of tempranillo (46%), grenache (20%), syrah (13%), tannat (20%) and cabernet sauvignon (1%).  It is medium to dark garnet in color and offers up an exciting nose of mixed candied berries and compote.  It has a nice spiciness with hints of vanilla and marshmellows.  The fruit has amazing purity and is so fresh without ever being jammy.  The mid palate is solid and the finish has some lingering tannins which suggests it will keep for a couple of years at least.  It is hard not to love this wine.  Purchased at Frankly Wines.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED