Half Dozen Red

Le Clairet The Perfect Red, Broc Cellars 2019 $22 (California, United States) Chris Brockway makes wines in a small warehouse in Berkeley, sourcing grapes from natural farmers all over northern California. This wine is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon from Solano County with 10% left whole cluster wild fermented, then pressed off to steel tank. The other 5% is Carignan from 145 year old vines from the Wirth vineyard harvested in 2020 and fermented full carbonic, then added to the Cab tank, then bottled unfiltered with just a touch of sulfur. The result really lives up to the name: medium bodied with dark plum fruit and spice, lifted by a juiciness and a finish that doesn't quit. So good!

Malbec, Campo 2017 $12 (Mendoza, Argentina) Old-vine, organically-farmed fruit, made with low intervention: wild yeast fermentation, no acid adjustments, no new oak... Pure, straight-forward Malbec from Argentina that doesn't taste like blueberry pie!

Agiorgitiko, Stamnaki 2019 $14 (Peloponnese, Greece) Moving west to another one of the oldest winemaking countries in the world, this is Agiorgitiko from southern Greece grown organically and made all in steel. Perfect Greek cafe wine, medium bodied with dark red fruit, olives and sunshine. We also have their perfectly chuggable Assyrtiko in the Half Dozen White for $75 below.

Zweigelt, Renner & Rennersistas 2018 $18 (Burgenland, Austria) Susanne and Stefanie Renner work their family farm in Gols, which they took over in 2015, completely biodynamically. This Zweigelt is wild fermented and aged in large, old barrels then bottled unfiltered with minimal SO2. Beautifully made and a total crowd pleaser with crunchy red plum fruit, crushed flowers and baking spice. We also have a few bottles of their excellent red blend Superglitzer HERE.

Tempranillo Liter, Hand Work 2019 $14 (Castilla-La Mancha, Spain) This is part of the Gulp/Hablo lineup of wines that we love so much. Demeter certified biodynamic Tempranillo farmed by the Parra brothers in La Mancha, then made naturally (wild yeast, low sulfur, unfined and unfiltered) by our old friend Juan Antonio Ponce. Honest, natural, well made weekday wine at it's finest.

Douro Tinto "28 Uvas", Achados e Perdidos 2016 $14 (Douro, Portugal) This is a field blend of 28 different red varietals (!) all planted in a single terraced vineyard on the steep slopes of the Douro river. They know that the vines are over 100 years old, but could be closer to 200, all planted in black schist and sandy soils and have never seen chemicals. The grapes are hand harvested and partially de-stemmed with some left whole cluster, then wild fermented in cement tanks and aged in stainless steel on the lees before getting bottled unfiltered. Old school Douro farmer wine packed with charm and lots of spicy dark fruit and crushed rocks.