Paix Sur Terre’s Clairette Blanche is one of only a few renditions of this ancient varietal, which is new to U.S. soils. While Clairette Blanche has been cultivated in the southern Rhone Valley for nearly 2,000 years, it was released for use in the U.S. just eight years ago. Tablas Creek made the first U.S.-grown Clairette in 2013, and plantings have slowly increased over the past few years. This fruit comes from Paper Street Vineyard, a new vineyard right next to Glenrose Vineyard in the Willow Creek AVA, and is planted on pure fractured limestone. Clairette is characterized by lower acidity; accordingly, it yields a wine with a richer mouthfeel than our other whites, with flavors of pear, candied ginger, and crushed rocks.
The 2019 Clairette Blanche was picked on October 15th at 23.9 brix and whole-cluster pressed into a stainless steel tank. We used Champagne yeast to help accentuate the minerality of this wine and allow the rocky terroir to really shine. After a long and slow fermentation, the dry wine was racked to neutral French oak barrels and aged for two months. This wine was sterile filtered and bottled on January 14th.