La Grange Daniel, Domaine Alary 2019 $17 (Rhone, France) Staying in the southern Rhone, right on the border of Provence, this is a spicy field blend of Cunoise, Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and probably some others they don't tell us about, all hand harvested from a single organic vineyard and probably a few they don't tell us about.
Beaujolais Villages "La Ronze", Frederic Sornin 2018 $17 (Beaujolais, France) 100% Gamay from an organic vineyard right on the edge of Regnie and Morgon with 50-60 year old vines, hand harvested, wild fermented and aged on the lees in cement before getting bottled unfined (vegan) and lightly filtered with just a little sulfur added at bottling. Red berry fruit and crushed flowers with a lip smacking finish. Serious bang for your buck.
Touraine Rouge, Francois Chidaine 2018 $18 (Loire, France) This is a blend of Cot (aka Malbec), Cab Franc and Pineau d'Aunis from biodynamic vineyards in Montlouis, hand harvested and wild fermented partial whole cluster in tanks, then pressed off to age in old barrel before getting bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Medium bodied with dark fruit, but juicy and light on it's feet with a lipsmacking finish.
Pinot Noir, Fable Wines 2017 $16 (California, United States) Organic Pinot Noir from northern California, hand harvest, wild fermented and aged in old barrel and tank. Classic spiced red fruit and silky tannins.
Campi Flegrei Piedirosso, La Sibilla 2019 $15 (Campania, Italy) We love Piedirosso! It's a native grape to Campania that produces light to medium bodied wines with a juicy profile and smoky, spicy dark red fruit. This one comes from just north of Naples right on the coast in a tiny area called Campi Flegrei where the Sibilla family has been making wine for 5 generations. This is from 20-40 year old ungrafted vines planted in volcanic sand and they have never seen any chemicals. All hand harvested and wild fermented, then aged in steel for 8 months.
Alessandrino Rosso, Valli Unite NV $17 (Piedmont, Italy) The twin brother of the Bianchino above, this is mostly Barbera with some Dolcetto Nibio, Croatina and some white grapes in the mix, made in concrete and steel, then bottled unfiltered with just a little sulfur. Expressive and fun with silky dark red fruit and a lipsmacking finish. Drinks best with pizza and loud friends.