Syrah "Sumu Kaw", La Clarine Farm
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Organic

Syrah "Sumu Kaw", La Clarine Farm - 2016

Item # 28501 750mL
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Color
Red
Vintage
Country
USA
Region
Grape Variety

Production Methods

Organic

Organic

Biodynamic

Wine made from grapes grown organically using natural composting techniques and special preparations of herbal sprays while following the astronomical calendar.


Tasting Notes

Grown 2600 feet above the sea-level in California’s Sierra Nevada Foothills, this Syrah is as fresh as mountain berry juice. Great structure and full body, loaded with minerality and a peppery finish. An excellent pairing for skirt steak or venison.


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Staff Pick Notes

You hear people talk about "punk rock" wines sometimes, usually something aggressively funky and natural, iconoclastic. Well, as interesting as those might be, none of them hold a candle to Hank Beckmeyer, who was the honest to god drummer for the art punk band Half Japanese, touring Europe, when he met his wife and co-vigneron Caroline Hoel, dropped out, and ended up working around farms and vineyards to stay afloat. The pair take inspiration for non-interventionist farming from philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka's "do-nothing" methods (Hank also credits Frank Zappa and John Cage as winemaking influences). The wines all have tremendous freshness and vitality, bottled with little to no SO2. When they work with Syrah, they bring out all of those wonderful notes of violet candies, smoked meat, and ripe fruit.

- JON

Astor's Glossary of Terms

California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it...

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