I was looking through some of my recent tasting notes and realized that I rarely sip Syrah from outside the Rhone and Languedoc-Roussillon regions in France. I think this has a lot to do with value; often I spend $20-$40 for domestic bottle and feel like I don’t get a lot of drinking pleasure for the buck. However, my palate was awakened when I poured a glass of La Clarine Farm Syrah “Sumu Kaw” last weekend.
La Clarine Farm is located in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and they make all of their wines as naturally as possible. The grapes hail from the Sierra Foothills “Sumu Kaw” Vineyard, which is known for its volcanic loam soils. 100% whole cluster fermentation, foot-stomping, and native yeast fermentation are all part of the process that makes this unfined and unfiltered Syrah.
We opened it a couple of hours before dinner but the wine was still tight. We decided to wait until the next evening and it was beautiful! The nose draws you in with its smoky, herbal aromas. The palate is complex, balanced, and nicely structured. Notes of dark fruit, olives, and smoke are woven with abundant minerality. Savory and delightful…I am absolutely in love with this Syrah! (13.5% alcohol, $26)