Gaillac Rouge "Croix d'Azal", Domaine Philemon 2019 $16 (Southwest, France)100% Braucol (aka Fer Servadou) from a single vineyard planted in 2003, farmed organically, hand harvested and wild fermented, then bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Medium bodied and rustic, in the best possible way with brambly red fruit and earth.
Chinon "Chais St. Laurent", Maison Foucher 2019 $17 (Loire, France) 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from a few practicing organic plots in Chinon, hand harvested, fermented in steel, then aged for 8 months in old barrel. Perfectly medium bodied with spiced dark cherries. Reference point Cab Franc.
Cotes Catalanes Rouge, Ferrer-Ribiere 2017 $18 (Roussillon, France) 50/50 Carignan and Grenache from 80+ year old biodynamic vineyards just north of the Spanish border. All hand harvested and wild fermented, partial whole cluster carbonic in ceramic eggs, then bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Full bodied with silky dark fruit and spice.
Colheita Tinto, Casa de Saima 2016 $16 (Bairrada, Portugal) Mostly Baga with a little Touriga Nacional and Merlot, all from biodynamic vines, hand harvested and foot stomped in old stone lagares, wild fermented then aged in old barrel for a year before bottling unfiltered with minimal sulfur. Wild dark fruit and and earthy baking spice.
Bobal, La Traca 2018 $13 (Valencia, Spain) 91% Bobal, 9% Tempranillo from a single 60 year old vineyard of bush trained vines that have never seen chemicals, just west of Valencia. All hand harvested and wild fermented, then aged in a combination of steel and huge old barrels before getting bottled unfiltered with minimal sulfur. On the lighter side of medium with nice juicy red plum and cherry fruit.
Mas Donis Negre, Celler de Capcanes 2019 $17 (Catalonia, Spain) 30% Ull de Llebre (aka Tempranillo), 25% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 20% Garnacha all hand harvested from organic vines in Montsant, hand harvested and wild fermented, then aged all in steel and bottled lightly filtered. Full bodied with dark berry fruit and baking spice.