Monday, December 14, 2009
Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline Hoel, the owners of La Clarine Farm, are part of a growing contingent of California winemakers who are making natural wine. Yes, they grow their grapes organically but their approach goes much further.
They have adopted farming ideology from both Rudolph Steiner (the founder of Biodynamics) and Masanobu Fukuoka, who proposed minimal intervention or 'do nothing' farming.
Their wines are also made with native yeasts, aged in neutral oak barrels,are unfiltered, unfined and have minimal sulfur added at bottling.
Most importantly, the wines are delicious.
Not to mention, the farm's commitment to biodiversity with olive and fig trees, and a herd of angora goats, from which they make goat cheese and natural soaps.
La Clarine Syrah 2008 $20 (BUY IT HERE)
Very pure blueberry flavors, great acids, some eucalyptus and pine aromas, earthy, very balanced and clean, did not feel hot even with 14.9 alcohol (This number made me wince but California is a warm , sunny climate).
*I received the La Clarine Syrah as a wine sample. I have no other affiliation with La Clarine Farm.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 1:56 PM