The Wine: Petit Manseng 2017
La Clarine Farm Petit Manseng is a white natural wine made from 100% Petit Manseng grapes grown in Sierra Foothills, California. The grapes were whole cluster pressed into tanks, where they stayed until fermentation was complete. Partial malolactic fermentation, aged throughout the winter before releasing it.
The Producer: La Clarine Farm
From the producer's website
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