We've experienced a tremendous response to the "Club Members Only" special online allocation of the ’01 “Larmes de Grappe”. This wine was produced from grapes the like of which Jim Clendenen had never seen in 28 years of winemaking--the vines were completely shut down, the canes and ultimately the stems in the clusters were completely lignified (hardened off into wood) and devoid of green color. Jim Clendenen had seen partial lignification in well-farmed vineyards (perhaps 10 to 15% lignification), but never 100% total and complete lignification.
The grapes for “Larmes de Grappe” looked pretty scraggly and odd – red, white, and black, but we did not need to add water, yeast, acid or sugar. The result: this wine, like the Au Bon Climat ’87 Sanford & Benedict Pinot, and the ABC ’91 Rosemary’s Pinot, is an “ABC breakout wine”, another level altogether from our normal standard of excellence.