Estate: Since 2001, Hank Beckmeyer and his wife Caroline Hoel have been making wine in El Dorado County in the Sierra Foothills of California. Dedicated to minimalist, organic viticulture and winemaking, Hank adheres to the principals of Japanese natural farmer and philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka, along with Rudolph Steiner, Austrian founder of biodynamic farming. Their 10 hectare estate, La Clarine Farm, is a cohesive ecosystem of vines, trees, indigenous herbs and flowers, goats, chickens, dogs and cats. For a closer look at Hank’s experimentation, persistence and zen defiance, check out The Art of Zen-Rebel Winemaking: Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm.
Winemaking: Grapes are from the organic Sumu Kaw vineyard with volcanic soil, at 2900 feet in elevation, spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts, barrel-fermented, unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Coral ruby in colour, with delicate aromas of wild strawberry, watermelon, herbs and smoky earth. Cranberry, wild berries, herbs and earthy minerality are accented by bright acidity. Red berries and a trace of spice linger on the crisp finish. Agile, with an engaging honeyed tilt.
Produced & Bottled by La Clarine Farm