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Beaujolais Village "La Ronze", Frederic Sornin 2018 $17 (Beaujolais) Our go-to Beaujolais. 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.
Cotes de Bordeaux, Le Nini 2019 $18 (Bordeaux) 100% Merlot from a tiny biodynamic vineyard in Cadillac farmed and produced naturally by Cecile Thibon and Gilles Brianceau. Their day job is working for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, but they manage the vineyard on the weekends. Hand harvested and wild fermented in steel where it also ages until spring when it gets bottled unfiltered with basically no sulfur added. Full bodied and powerful with dark chocolate and chewy tannins.
Syrah "XB", La Terrase d'Elise 2018 $18 (Languedoc) Xavier Braujou (XB) farms a handful of vineyards biodynamically and produces natural wines in the hills of Herault, just west of Montpellier. This is his Syrah aged all in steel then bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur added. Medium bodied with spiced raspberry jam and a savory streak of black olive and earth.
Garnacha "Charco del Cura", Vinos Ambiz 2016 $23 (Madrid) Garnacha from a single organic vineyard planted in 1960 high up in the Gredos mountains (about 700m up) northwest of Madrid, fermented spontaneously in steel, then aged in small barrel for 6 months before getting bottled unfiltered with no sulfur added. Bold and full bodied with spicy dark berry fruit, leather and crushed rocks.
Il Casolare Rosso, Fattoria San Lorenzo 2019 $17 (Marche) Our returning champion. 50/50 Montepulciano and Sangiovese from organic vineyards in Marche made all in concrete completely naturally by local super hero Natalino Crognaletti. We always love this wine, but this vintage he did something special and decided to blend in his higher level single vineyard Rosso Piceno from 2017 and 2018 making this version of Casolare way more deep and complex. Medium plus with dark red plum fruit and velvety tannins.
Rosso Non Filtrato, Fabrizio Vella 2019 $11 (Sicily) Finishing where we started, with Mr. Vella just outside of Marsala. This is organic Nero d'Avola, hand harvested and wild fermented, 30% whole cluster in old barrels, where the wine ages for 8 months before getting bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur added. Medium bodied a really expressive with juicy dark red and blue fruit.