Sangiovese "Poggio gli Angeli", La Gerla 2019 (Tuscany, Italy) $20 100% Sangiovese Grosso from younger organic vines in the Brunello zone, aged in Slavonian Botti for 4 months. Think of this as a baby Rosso di Montalcino, perfectly medium bodied with crushed red cherries and wild herbs.
Rosso Piceno, De Angelis 2017 (Marche, Italy) $18
Think of Rosso Piceno as Chianti's fun cousin from the country. 70% Montepulciano and 30% Sangiovese from southern Marche near the border of Abruzzo. Perfectly medium bodied with notes of dark cherry, black olive and crushed rocks with a lipsmacking finish. Organic, low sulfur.
Cinsault, Elisabeth & Francois Jourdan 2018 (Languedoc, France) $16 Organic Cinsault from a single vineyard in Herault, in the hills west of Montpellier, planted in 1969, fermented and aged in concrete. On the light side of medium bodied with silky red fruit and fresh flowers. Throw it in the fridge for a bit and drink with something spicy.
Faugeres "Esprit Nature", Mas Olivier 2018 (Languedoc, France) $18 From the rugged schist hills of Faugeres, this is a blend of 45% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Carignan, 10% Mourvèdre all from certified organic vines. Full bodied with velvety dark berry fruit dried flowers and crushed rocks. Think of this as your go-to Cotes du Rhone alternative.
Tempranillo "Natural", Bodegas Santalba 2019 (Rioja, Spain) $14 100% Tempranillo hand harvested from younger organic vines in Rioja Alta, wild fermented whole cluster, then pressed off to steel for a few months, then bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added. Juicy dark cherry fruit with earthy dried herbs and a lip smacking finish.
Saint Amour, Domaine des Fonds 2018 (Beaujolais, France) $22
100% Gamay. Rich and ripe berries with a fresh, violet-like, floral edge, too. The palate has a very fresh and flavorful feel with plenty of tannin and fruit flavor. Nicely balanced