The Wine: Al Basc Orange Albariño 2019
La Clarine Farm Al Basc Orange Albariño 2019 is a white skin-contact (orange wine) natural wine made from 100% Albariño grapes grown at Rorick's Vineyard in Calaveras County, California. Spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered. Decant briefly before drinking.
The Producer: 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.
At La Clarine Farm, we make wine as naturally as possible, adding no yeast, sulfur dioxide, oak chips, enzymes or concentrates in the cellar, and no chemicals, fertilizers or tillage in our vineyard. We allow fermentation to occur spontaneously and allow them to complete in their own time (this can take up to 6 months!). Every vintage has its own rhythms. We age our wine in neutral containers, never in new oak, and let the wine develop without sulfur additions or excessive racking. We bottle when the wine is “complete” (when a wine eventually “comes together” and is harmonious). We then add a minimal amount of sulfur to ensure the bottles you receive are safe from the rigors of travel and fluctuating temperatures.
The Region: Sierra Foothills