Here's the lineup:
Cava Brut Nature, Bolet NV $15 (Catalonia, Spain) 50% Xarel-lo, 40% Macabeo, 10% Parellada from organic vineyards in Penedes, fermented with native yeast in stainless steel, then the secondary fermentation is in bottle with grape must, no sugar added, then aged on the lees for a year. This is our go-to cava that drinks well above it's everyday price point. So good!
Airen "Pompaneo", Esencia Rural 2019 $15 (La Mancha, Spain) 100% Airen from biodynamic vineyards in Toledo, hand harvested, then fermented with native yeast and left on the skins and aged in steel for 4 months, then moved to amphora for 2 months before bottling unfiltered with no sulfur added. Bright and fresh with notes of cucumber and crushed flowers with nice texture and a little earthy funk.
Grecanico Dorado, Sikele 2017 $18 (Sicily, Italy) 100% Grecanico Dorado from organic vineyards in southern Sicily, fermented with native yeast and left on the skins for 13 hours , then aged in concrete for 6 months and bottled unfiltered with almost no sulfur. One of our favorite Orange wines, with ripe orchard fruit, roasted citrus and spice. Total crowd pleaser made by two sisters working naturally near Siracusa.
Roditis "Asprolithi", Rouvalis 2019 $15 (Patras, Greece) 100% Roditis (an indigenous variety whose skin has a lovely pink color) from unique vineyards situated on the mountainous slopes of Aigialeia region in northern Peloponnese, at an altitude of 840 meters (2755 feet) above sea level facing the Corinthian gulf. Organic, hand harvested and fermented with native yeast and aged all in steel. Bright and fresh with tropical notes and salty citrus with a clean, zippy finish.
Pays d'Oc Viognier, Chateau Massiac 2019 $15 (Languedoc, France) 100% Viognier from organic vineyards near Minervois, hand harvested early in the morning to preserve freshness, then fermented and aged in tank until spring. Ripe and textured with sunny yellow fruit and spice, but with a chiseled minerality and focus to the clean bright finish.
Chenin Blanc "Pierre a Feu", Patrice Colin 2018 $18 (Loire, France) 100% Chenin Blanc, from 20 to 30 year old organic vines, grown on schist soil in the Coteaux du Vendemois. Fermented with native yeast and aged in stainless steel tanks for 5 months, then bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur added. This dry white is both fruity and mineral with a fresh bright finish.
Beaujolais Blanc "Les Monthieux", Frederic Sornin 2018 $18 (Beaujolais, France) 100% Chardonnay from a Biodynamic single vineyard in Latignie, near Regnie, fermented in cement with native yeast, then aged in steel before bottling unfiltered with almost no SO2 added. Juicy and round with crushed apples and white flowers and a bright, juicy finish.
Beaujolais Villages, Domaine A. Pegaz 2018 $15 (Beaujolais, France) 100% Gamay from a plot of 30+ year old organic vines near Brouilly. They are hand-harvested, wild-yeast fermented, semi-carbonically macerated (7 days) in concrete tanks, then sit on their lees for approximately 5 months before being bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Silky dark red fruit and crushed flowers with a juicy finish.
Syrah Cuvee Veronique, La Ferme Saint Pierre 2017 $15 (Rhone, France) Organic Syrah from a 45 year old plot in Ventoux, southern Rhone, fermented with native yeast and made in steel, then bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added. Dark fruit, leather and spice, but light on it's feet and lively.
Tempranillo, Vina Santurnia 2019 $15 (Rioja, Spain) Organic Tempranillo from vineyards in Rioja Alta and Alavesa near the town of Brinas, full carbonic maceration in stainless steel, then pressed off and aged in stainless for 6 months. Fresh and lively with crunchy red plum and cherry fruit and crushed flowers with a silky finish. Serve slightly chilled.
La Maldicion Tinto de Valdilecha, Marc Isart 2018 $15 (Madrid, Spain) 85% Tempranillo and 15% Malvar, a local native White grape, both from old organic vineyards high in the mountains west of Madrid, fermented with native yeast, then aged in old barrels. Dark plum and cherry fruit with earthy leathery notes and a lively finish.
Vindemiatrix, La Senda $20 (Bierzo, Spain) 80% Mencía, 10% Palomino, 10% Doña Blanca from 60-90 year old organic vines high up in the mountains of Bierzo, just north of the Portuguese border, the red and white grapes are co-fermented and aged in concrete tanks then bottled unfiltered with just a touch of sulfur added. Juicy and fresh with spiced red berries. Treat this like a heavy rose and keep it in the fridge. We love everything from Diego Losada, but we reach for this one more often than the rest.
Get all 12 for $145 and save $49!
We also have new lineups for our Half Dozen Red or White for $75 and whole bunch of new arrivals in every category.
Have a great holiday weekend and be safe out there!
Even though it feels different this year, the holiday season is here! Among other things, that means Beaujolais in every flavor and today we'll start with a Cru that doesn't make the rounds as much as its famous neighbors like Moulin-a-Vent and Fleurie, but produces a really distinct and delicious expression of Gamay: Chenas.