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Pullus, Halozan 2019
12% (Slovenia - Blend)

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The terrain of the entire Štajerska region is made up of steep-sloped vineyards and narrow, windrich hill valleys. A diverse geological soil composition, consisting mainly of sand and clay with marl in the lower layers. The vineyards spread out over the finest wine-growing sites of Haloze Hills as well as Slovenske Gorice. No irrigation. Environmentally friendly cultivation, following the integrated farming guidelines of Slovenia. Made from perfectly ripe grapes that were picked by hand three times over the span of September. All varieties were picked and fermented separately. Controlled cold fermentation between 16° C - 18° C in stainless steel (inox) tanks. Fermentation is done through high-grade (noncommercial) yeasts. The wine is aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks on lees, blended, coarsely fined and filtered before bottling. On the nose, the Haložan wine offers us a good mix of fresh floral aromatics, which combines with shades of fruit, especially apples. Clean pleasant aromatics leads to the freshness in the mouth, because the wine is light, youthful and distinctly fruity. Haložan blend is one of the most traditional local wines in Štajerska. It is made for daily consumption, a simple, fresh field blend of local white grapes. There is no specific formula to this blend, it is slightly different every year. What is consistent is the fact that it is one of the most popular wines in Slovenia. A casual wine to drink chilled with or without food.

Christiana 2020
(Austria - Gruner Veltliner)

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A hazy white from an organic winery helmed by a female vigneron. Gruner Veltliner is the primary white grape of Austria, and in the cool climate of Carnuntum it retains a lovely green note, like ripe kiwi and honeydew, with touches of yeastiness and salt. Incredibly invigorating. Native yeast, no filtering or fining. "Christina Netzl began her path towards natural winemaking as a young girl of 5 years old, working on her family’s farm and vineyard with her parents and grandparents. Her parents later focused the family business solely on grape growing and winemaking, building the winery up to the 28 hectares they operate today in the Carnuntum winemaking region, located just east of Vienna and north of the Neusidler see. Christina studied oenology and wine management in London, getting to know wine styles from all over the world. In 2007, she returned to the winery to work with her parents, and after having two children became passionate about organic viticulture. They began the process of converting everything to organics in 2013 starting with soil treatments and elimination of herbicides, followed by eliminating pesticides and 100% organic vineyard management and then finally organic production in the winery. In 2018 they began the official process of certifying organically. Over the last 10 years working at the winery, Christina has fallen in love with ancient winemaking practices and thus has now launched this natural line of wines we are proud to represent." - Jenny & Francois

Broc Cellars Love White 2020
(California Blend)

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At Broc Cellars, our wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means we only use native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. We don’t add anything – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element in all wine, the amount found can vary. We add little to no S02, depending on the wine and style. The grapes were harvested in August to help preserve their natural acidity. All varieties were fermented separately then aged in neutral French oak barrels with no S02. Bottled in January. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to happen naturally. In 2018 we added Picpoul to the Love White blend – adding more brightness. The Picpoul grapes come from vines that we grafted onto Roussanne vines at Love Ranch a few years ago. The cuttings came from Rorick Vineyard. This wine is unfiltered and will contain some sediment. Love Ranch is farmed by our friend Oscar Ramos. The vineyard is located 35 miles south of Yosemite National Park in Madera. At 1300 feet in elevation, it is not your normal Central Valley vineyard. The soils are made up of granitic schist. We keep a large amount of leaves on the vines to protect against the heat. The crop is slightly larger to disperse much of the sun’s energy and prevent the sugars from spiking, helping maintain the alcohol below 13%. Love Ranch is CCOF.

Pikasi 2019
12.5% (Slovenia - 100% Pinela)

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Vipava Valley is right on the border of Slovenia, just north of the Italian port city of Trieste. The area is made up of steep hills, where the continental climate of the Alps collides with the more moderate mild Mediterranean climate from the Adriatic. Vineyards are located on steep, karst mountain tops, where the temperature is cooler and the soil contains mineral-rich marl, which makes it incredibly helpful in drainage of rainfall. Practicing organic. The vineyards have no irrigation, and spraying is done only with sulfites and copper, if needed. All grapes are hand-picked, de-stemmed, and pressed immediately. Spontaneous fermentation process is temperature controlled and takes place in stainless steel tanks. The wine is then matured on lees in stainless steels tanks for 6-11 months, then coarsely filtered before bottling, and released to the market 2 months after bottling. Pinela is a rare local variety from Vipava Valley, with only about 50 hectars cultivated currently. Pinela is a gentle grape offering elegant aromas of white peach, wild flowers and almonds. Pleasant creaminess and savory mouthwatering minerality linger on the palate. Fresh and fruity when served cold, but reveals more layers and complexity closer to room temperature.

Bodegas Albamar Rias Baixas 2019
12.5% (Galicia - Albariño)

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One of Xurxo’s top single-vineyard bottlings, this comes from 40yo vines in the Salnés area planted right next to the ocean in a sandy clay weathered out from granite. Aged on the fine lees in stainless steel tanks with a little batonnage, malos completed and lower sulphur levels, this is an exceptional wine. Beautifully balanced, the nose is very perfumed, the flavours are deep and resonant, and the texture shows the impact of lees ageing. Quite austere at the outset with a print of granitic mineral flavour, this wine will age well. For drinking now to 2025.

Marenas Vinedo & Bodega 2018 12.5% (Andalusia - Montepila)

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Marenas Viñedo y Bodega is located in the Cerro Encinas place, in Montilla, province of Córdoba, the geographic center of Andalusia. The climate is Mediterranean, but with a great influence of the air that comes from the Atlantic sea, humid and saline, of continental climate. With 3,000 hours of sun a year, the vineyard has a very fast vegetative process that makes the harvest advance with respect to other areas, being the first region to start the harvest in Spain. We use traditional systems for all of our winemaking processes, always taking into consideration our natural environment. In this way, we are able to make wines which are completely natural, without any types of additives. The wine is made with vines planted by hand by José Miguel Márquez, exclusively, with a total of 5 hectares of vineyards, (20 years old) with slopes between 10% and 20%. We work with a variety of indigenous grapes including Montepilas, Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel, (white), and Monastrell and Tempranillo (red) and others…We hand harvest, and occasionally do nocturnal harvesting. We do not use any type of chemical treatment in the vineyards or in any of our winemaking processes. In addition, we do not use an organic matter of any kind, so as not to create any unbalance within the production of the vineyard. We do not plow the land. We work with native grass, which is cleared and incorporated into the soil. The pruning remains are also crushed and returned to the earth as organic matter.

Domaine des Aubuisieres
12.5% (Vouvray - Chenin Blanc)

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Bernard Fouquet, a quiet-spoken man, is making some of the most serious Vouvray of the last few vintages. He is now regarded in France and the international press as one of the top three Vouvray producers. No one succeeds better than Bernard in capturing the mineral tones unique to Vouvray’s soil, with the marvelous balance of explosive fruit and titillating sensation of the Chenin Blanc grape. A sec (dry) Vouvray from 2 flint soil parcels. Entirely hand-harvested and only indigenous yeasts used. Fermented and matured in stainless steel thermo-regulated vats.

Matapalos - Marena Vinedo y Bodega
(Andalusia - Pedro Ximénez)

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‘Marenas Viñedo y Bodega is located in the Cerro Encinas place, in Montilla, province of Córdoba, geographic center of Andalusia. The climate is Mediterranean, but with a great influence of the air that comes from the Atlantic sea, humid and saline, of continental climate. With 3,000 hours of sun a year, the vineyard has a very fast vegetative process that makes the harvest advance with respect to other areas, being the first region to start the harvest in Spain. We use traditional systems for all of our wine making processes, always taking into consideration our natural environment. In this way we are able to make wines which are completely natural, without any types of additives. We make natural wines since 1999, without SO2 or other additives. The wine is made with vines planted by hand by José Miguel Márquez, exclusively, with a total of 5 hectares of vineyards, (20 years old) with slopes between 10% and 20%. We work with a variety of indigenous grapes including Montepilas, Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel, (white), and Monastrell and Tempranillo (red) and others. We hand harvest, and occasionally do nocturnal harvesting. We do not use any types of chemical treatment in the vineyards or in any of our wine making processes. In addition we do not use organic matter of any kind, so as not to create any unbalance within the production of the vineyard. We do not plow the land. We work with native grass, which is cleared and incorporated into the soil. The pruning remains are also crushed and returned to the earth as organic matter.’

Milan Nestarec Forks and Knives White 2018
(Czech Republic Blend)

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“This is the kind of wine I wanna make: affordable, everyday, friendly stuff. Not something for the upper class, not something you need to swirl your glass and head around, talking about viscosity or minerality for ages (no offence, but jeez do I hate this word). My wine is for drinking, not for flashing posh terms. And the Forks & Knives range is a perfect embodiment of this. The F&K range started with the 2014 vintage - I met Fleur Godard, my French importer, in Cologne, along with Justine Saint Lo, a wonderful illustrator who also happens to be the sister of Francois Saint Lo, a great Loire Valley winemaker. Back in my cellar, when tasting the then nearlyborn wine, we had a revelation: it was fate that decided Justine should make the labels, which I’ve kept ever since - I love their power to communicate the easy “everyday wine for any meal & table” vibe that this wine is all about. Originally varietal wines, now all blends. Aged in big neutral barrels of 600 and 3000 litres. All bottled under crown caps to keep all that energy in, and once again in clear bottles because - jeez - look at those colours! No sulfur added, no fining, no filtration. The normal way.” - Milan Nestarec

Peter Jakob Kuhn, Jacobus Trocken 2018
(Rheingau - Riesling)

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"Entirely sourced from their own grapes, Kühn's 2018 Riesling Trocken Jacobus displays a beautiful white-golden color and perfectly ripe and refined fruit with discreet but lovely coolish and flinty notes. The palate is crystalline, salty and piquant and reflects the quartzite soils of the Rheingau perfectly. Great elegance and beautifully ripe and refined Riesling fruit lead to a stimulating and perfectly balanced finish. Tasted in May 2019.” - Stephan Reinhardt - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Situated in the historic Rheingau on the right banks of the river Rhine, the Kühn Estate has been a cornerstone of German wine-making for roughly 230 years and has been passed down through 11 generations. Having grown into a 20 hectare estate, Peter Bernhard along with his wife Viktoria, his parents Peter Jakob and Angela, as well as his sister Sandra continue to both preserve the established traditions of their ancestors and to pursue modern viticultural techniques. In 2004 they made the decision to achieve a certification as organic and biodynamic winery. The belief and expectation of quality wine manifests itself in their memberships in the VDP (Prädikat Wine Estates), Demeter, and “La Renaissance des Appellations”. The result is a collection of exquisite and well-defined rieslings. - Importer

RED

AlaZani Valley 2018
12% (Georgia - Saperavi)

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Semi-Sweet Red Wine
AlaZani Valley Red is a semi-sweet or off-dry wine created of several types of grapes, cultivated in the wine growing regions in the east and west of the country. Varieties selected to make the unique flavor of such great wine are Saperavi, Mudzhuretuli, Odzhalehsi, and Alexandrouli.

AlaZani Valley is noticeable for its complexity and deep fruity bouquet. There are some notes of flowers, which add a bit of piquancy to the aroma. It is one of the most popular wines made in Georgia. It is full-bodied with a velvety texture. AlaZani Valley has light cherry color and refined balance of fruit and spice.

Try AlaZani Valley as a perfect pairing with roasted sirloin, meatballs, stuffed grape leaves, jambalaya, etc.

Poggio Anima 2019
14% (Tuscany - Sangiovese)

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This is 100% Sangiovese sourced from a single vineyard near Siena, in the Chianti Colli Senesi zone, though not labelled as such. Winemaker, Riccardo Campinoti is a firm believer that the wine is made in the vineyard and when he found this one with mature vines (26-46 years of age) he knew he had something special. This is the third vintage from this site and the results are quite apparent. The grapes were hand harvested and fermented whole berry including 20 days of skin contact to extract color but not too much tannin. Fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic occurred in stainless steel tank and the wine rested in tank with a small percentage seeing neutral wood for an additional eight months prior to bottling. Dark ruby. Aromas of iris, rosemary & lavender, bright red cherries and mint explode from the glass. The youthful, easygoing palate offers juicy cherry, white pepper and clove hints alongside pliant tannins. This is a spot-on value that will drink well over the next couple of years.

Le Naturel 2020
(Navarra - Garnacha)

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Aroa is a winery, in D.O. Navarra, where wine and Organic methods of cultivating go hand in hand. Carefully selected vineyards, located in the highest and coolest area of the region, hand-picked grapes. As the name suggests, Le Naturel Garnacha wine is a natural wine where the grapes are the main character. Made mainly from grenache and other varieties, the wine has a short maceration for only 5 days with minimum intervention to keep the grape’s qualities. No added sulphites. Le Naturel has a clean and bright colour, with raspberry tones. On the nose, its fresh, with good intensity of red fruit notes of strawberries, raspberries, and violets. On the mouth, you get lots of fresh fruit with a genuinely nice step. A fresh, light and easy drinking red that is packed full of fruit.

Mig Mig 2012
Catalonia | 50% Garnatxa Roja, 50% Marselan | 14%

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APPELLATION: Emporda (Spain)
VINEYARD: The Vinyeta
GRAPES: Red Grenache, Marselan
Aging: 10 months in barrels
WINE PAIRING: cheeses, meats
ALCOHOL: 14%

Lavinyeta is a small vineyard and olive grove placed in the heard of Emporda. in Mollet de Peralada. It is a young familiar company fruit of the effort and dreams come true. The origin of this project traces back to 2002 when two old Carignan and Grenache vines - aged between 50 and 75 - were purchased. So far, more and more vines have been planted up to the present 24 ha. The project was consolidated in 22006 with the construction of the cellas and the making of the first wines.

Rodica 2017
12.5% (Truške, Istria, Slovenia - Refošk)

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Mild Mediterranean, with dry and hot summers, and mild winters. The picturesque hills near Marezige and Truške are located 5 km from the Adriatic sea, more specifically the Gulf of Trieste. Rodica family vineyards are planted at 250-350 meters asl, terraced, facing South. They enjoy significant day-night temperature swings, constant breezes, which keeps the vineyards wellventilated and naturally healthy for organic farming. The soil is rich with minerals, consisting predominantly of limestone. The vines are forced to “fight” to get water, which results in better quality grapes. Certified Organic. Every second row of the vineyard is empty and planted with grass. Only natural fertilizer produced from natural manure is allowed. The vineyards are worked without any irrigation. After de-stemming the grapes are macerated with the pulp and skins for up to 8 days as spontaneous fermentation begins. The wine is then transferred into stainless steel tanks where it finishes the fermentation process. This wine was matured for 8 months in used French and Slovenian oak barrels, and then kept on its lees in stainless steel tanks and bottled unfiltered. The nose offers herbaceous aromas of hay and forest floor, red berries and spices. The body is medium, and the palate is fresh, elegantly balanced and mineral. The characteristic bright acidity of Refosco is harmoniously integrated with spicy fruit and velvety tannins. We recommend decanting and allowing the wine to breathe for 30 minutes before consuming.

Herdade do Rocim “Amphora Tinto" 2019
(Portugese Blend)

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Aged in amphorae, the wine was made naturally with wild yeast. The result is a fine textured, fruity wine with a strongly juicy character as well as light tannins. - Roger Voss

Centopassi, Giato Nero d’Avola
(Sicily - Nero d”Avola, Perricone)

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Giato wines come from some of our best Sicilian grapes. They represent the highest point of the Centopassi blend's excellence project aimed at valorizing traditional and typical vineyards of Western Sicily. Giato is the name of the old district that surrounded amazing Greek theatre located on the top of Mount Jato. This place overlooks Jato Valley, Belice upland and the most important core of the Centopassi vineyards. They are dedicated to vine growers who, with endless passion, support the recovery and the valorization of a territory, its social tissue and its traditions, contributing to the common good of generations.

Gulfi Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG 2018
(Sicily - Frappato, Nero d’Avola)

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Bright and snappy, this delightful Cerasuolo will make you smile with the first sip. Gulfi farms organically and has a non-interventionist philosophy of winemaking (e.g., they use native yeasts). This careful stewardship is evident in the glass. Made from 50% Frappato and 50% Nero d'Avola it shows blackberry and cherry notes with a hint of spice, all bolstered by a lively acidity. It's a great weeknight wine, playful and delicious all on its own or paired with seafood and pasta sauces. A true pleasure to drink. - ALM

Marenas Vinedo & Bodega, Cordoba Lavelo 2017
13% (Andalusia - Tempranillo)

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Marenas Viñedo y Bodega is located in the Cerro Encinas place, in Montilla, province of Córdoba, geographic center of Andalusia. The climate is Mediterranean, but with a great influence of the air that comes from the Atlantic sea, humid and saline, of continental climate. With 3,000 hours of sun a year, the vineyard has a very fast vegetative process that makes the harvest advance with respect to other areas, being the first region to start the harvest in Spain. They use traditional systems for all of our wine making processes, always taking into consideration their natural environment. In this way they are able to make wines which are completely natural, without any types of additives. They have made natural wines since 1999, without SO2 or other additives. The wine is made with vines planted by hand by José Miguel Márquez, exclusively, with a total of 5 hectares of vineyards, (20 years old) with slopes between 10% and 20%. We work with a variety of indigenous grapes including Montepilas, Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel, (white), and Monastrell and Tempranillo (red) and others. They hand harvest, and occasionally do nocturnal harvesting. They do not use any types of chemical treatment in the vineyards or in any of our wine making processes. In addition we do not use organic matter of any kind, so as not to create any unbalance within the production of the vineyard. They do not plow the land. We work with native grass, which is cleared and incorporated into the soil. The pruning remains are also crushed and returned to the earth as organic matter.

Doric 'Red' 2016
Greece I Kosmas I 12.5%

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Kosmas (or “Kosmadia” as it was traditionally known), is a rare red variety of the mountainous Phocis region in Central Greece. It was saved from extinction and was recently officially recorded by the Greek authorities, thanks to the personal efforts of organic grower Giorgos Balatsouras. A truly bucolic grape with an alpine flare and fresh fruits and perfumy herbs, purely reflecting on the place it was born in, a high-altitude fir forest.

• Grower: Doric Wines
• Vintage: 2016
• Grapes: Kosmas 100%
• Appellation: –
• Alcohol: 12.5%
• Bottle: 750ml
• Viticulture: Organic (certified)
• Vinification: Manually harvested and hand selected, destemmed, wild fermented in open wood fermenters in ambient temperatures with no additives, with fir branches and thyme for cap management according to centuries-old traditions. A brief stay in neutral oak follows the 90-day maceration and slow fermentation. The resin secretion from the fir, supports an almost unsulfured bottling.
• Notes: Dark ruby red color, loads of fresh forest fruit, round and soft on the palate with smooth tannins and an intense aftertaste.

Broc Cellars Le Clairet - “The Perfect Red”
(CA - 95% Cab Sauv, 5% Carignan)

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Broc Cellars Le Clairet 'The Perfect Red' is a red natural wine made from a blend of Cabernet
Sauvignon and Mourvedre grapes grown in Solano County, California. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, minimal SO2. Round and juicy with black cherries and plum on the nose.

Oenogenesis Mataroa RedGreece | Cab Sauv | 13%

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Estate Oenogenesis was created by Bakis Tsalkos, one of the first to recognize the value of Drama's wine production and invest on it, resulting in the fine wines on the market today. History has it that Mataroa was the ship in which 150 scientists and artists fled to Paris, during the civil war of Greece in 1945. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, organically cultivated, with minimum intervention and small quantity of sulfites, unfiltered. Dark scarlet color, intense aromas of black and red fruits in the nose, along with vanilla and licorice. Rich, with round and soft tannins on the palate, extremely tasty and fruity.

Cacique Maravilla Naturalmente TintoChile | Cab Sauv, País, Malbec | 12.5%

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This has notes of fresh fruits like cherry and plum, with refreshing and spicy notes. Cherry cola, blueberries, and lots of earthiness. Lively, medium-bodied, peppery acidity with soft and chewy tannins. Quaffable with great character and personality.

Controvento 2020
13% (Montepulciano - D’Abruzzo)

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Controvento Rosso 2018 is a red natural wine from Abruzzo, Central Italy, made from 100% Montepulciano grapes farmed sustainably. Spontaneous fermentation, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites. “My name is Enzo, I am the owner and winemaker of Controvento. Controvento is a small winery from Abruzzo. The company was founded by my father in 1978. I took control of the company 11 years ago and have been the sole propietor and winemaker ever since. The vineyard spans a total of 5 hectares and is situated inside the protected area of “Fosso delle Farfalle” in the town of Rocca San Giovanni, just off the Adriatic Sea in Abruzzo. The vineyard has 1 newer section totalling another hectare with vines planted 5 years ago. The vines of my farm are between 21 and 23 years old. Grape varietals are mostly Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo and Trebbiano, but Fiano, Passerina, Malvasia and Cabernet all exsist in smaller quanitties. Controvento is certified organic, and 100% Natural. We use absolutely no chemicals on our vines and in our cellar no addition or manipulation of any kind is done during the vinification process. The wines never have any So2, are never clarified, never fined and are allowed to spontaneouly ferment.”

Rocim Amphora Nat’Cool Fresh 2019
12% (Portugese Blend)

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Made in a traditional ‘talha’ – the local name for large clay amphorae – this is part of the collaborative NatCool series of wines. The idea is that these should be naturally made, drinkable, affordable wines with moderate alcohol, sold in litre bottles. Cherry red in colour, this is really aromatic, with floral, herby, fruity notes. Honest. Nice berry fruits here. In the mouth this is fresh, grainy, supple and drinkable with really nice green notes framing the fruit. Has some grip and crunch that helps with drinkability, and good acidity. Massive drinkability here: this is a beautifully put together wine, with some raspberry and cranberry crunch.

The Hermit 2018
13% (Canterbury, NZ - Pinot Noir)

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“Brace yourself. The defining feature of this minimal intervention wine is not the whole bunch character—it's the acidity. Everything else takes a back seat. Sure, there's tightly held red fruit, earthy, herbal and saline notes, with a general rustic, stripped back vibe. But this wine is all about that thirst quenching acidity that crunches and crackles and makes the acid-hounds amongst us crave another sip.” - Christina Pickard “Winemaker Theo Coles has turned out a full-bodied, dense 2018 Whole Bunch Pinot Noir that went unsulfured until bottling. By contrast, the nose shines with refreshing herbal notes and florals. In the mouth, the wine juxtaposes its volume and weight of purple fruit with mouthwatering brininess and silky, tea-like tannins on the long finish. I suspect another year or two in the cellar will do it good, but it's easy enough to drink now.” - Robert Parker

Inconnu Alaric
(Russian River Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon)

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“Inconnu is a meditation on simplicity; we believe that less is more, and that honest wine speaks for itself. Through respectful farming and gentle cellar practices we seek to express our place and our passion with perennial resonance and beauty. From André: The Cabernet is so dark and chilling. Grown in the Russian River area and shows the deeper, slightly herbal tones of the variety. And it’s a wine that confronts patriarchal stigmas with a sharpened spear.” - Laura Brennan Bissell

Souhat - La Souteronne 2019
(Northern Rhone - Gamay)

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“Herve Souhat and his wife converted the cellars of her parents' centuries-old hunting lodge into the winery and now draw on four parcels of vines totaling 8.5 acres in St.-Joseph, as well as 20 additional acres of Vin de Pays vineyards on the plateau, planted primarily to Gamay, Roussanne and Viognier. The AOC wines are labeled under Souhaut's name, while the Vin de Pays cuvées are named Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet, in homage to the name of her parents' estate combined with Béatrice's family name. The domaine was created in 1993, growing steadily from there to total about 3,750 cases annually today - all sold quickly by reservation and they don't intend to grow much past that. La Souteronne is made from Gamay - the vines are between 70 to 90 years old. This is a truly superb floral, fruit driven Gamay with an edgy mountain freshness and an attractive Rhône accent that gives it an incisive, meaty drive. It has an exquisite aroma, is luscious, crunchy and incredibly moreish - and very popular, so be quick!” - Andrew Guard, importer

ROSÉ

Poggio Anima Rose 2019
12% (Italy - 97% Syrah - 3% Zibibbo)

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It is known that Italian rosés (read rosato) are often heavy handed and dark in color. This strays from that summation and brings a touch of the Côte d'Azur to Sicily. The grapes were handpicked: Zibibbo in early-September and early October for the Syrah. The Zibibbo was pressed and kept very cold halting fermentation in tank. A blanket of CO2 protected the must. The Syrah spent a couple of days on skins to extract a fair bit of color. The musts were blended together and fermentation was carried out over three weeks. Salmon pink. Spices, flowers and herbs complement red berries on the nose and in the mouth. At once dense and juicy, with the light red fruit flavors and floral notes carrying through on the persistent finish, which features an underbrush nuance. Firm acid holds it all together to make it the perfect glass of rosé. 3 months in stainless steel.

La Patience Rosé 14.1% 2019 (80% Grenache, 20% Cinsault)

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This family estate located in the Costières de Nîmes takes its name from a wild, aromatic herb “La Patience” that can be found throughout the vineyard. After a decade of managing the winemaking at a local cooperative, Christophe Aguilar decided it was time to make his own wine. Today Christophe farms 60-hectares of vines, these were the same soil that his grandfather farmed fifty years ago, with a deep respect and understanding of its terroir.

Love You Bunches Rose 2020
12% (California Blend)

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The Pun “Love You Bunches” stems from our utilization of carbonic fermentation, which simply means to ferment in a sealed tank filled with Carbon Dioxide rather than Oxygen. We do not destem or crush the fruit, rather each bunch gets plenty of love! We must “lovingly and gently” hand pick each cluster, stay extremely vigilant as we transport the fruit in small stacking fruit baskets, then delicately pour each bunch into our shallow carbonic tanks where still, grapes aren’t crushed from the weight above. By preventing oxidation & forcing yeast to penetrate though the grapes’ pores and ferment whole – a light-bodied, bright wine is created. The simple, whimsical label is the perfect fit for this fun, happy wine. The label shows off vineyard manager and Grape Whisperer, Ruben Solorzano’s beautiful penmanship. Pink tinged with both fiery bright red and fuzzy, happy peachiness. Bright red fruit jumps out of the glass with a leap of invigorating energy. This wine is alive! Crunchy strawberries and firm melon lead the charge of this exceedingly refreshing, bone-dry rose. The palate is focused and high-toned yet fills and coats the mouth with concentration and a long perfumed finish.

Cellar Tuets ‘Tot Rosé’ 2019
Catalonia I Parellada, Macabeo, Grenache blanc, Chenin blanc, Muscat of Alexandria, Tempranillo, Syrah I 11.5 %

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Tarragona, Catalunya, Spain
All varieties are picked from different plots on the same day, destemmed, lightly crushed and stored in the same vessel for 24 hours, then pressed. 8 months fermentation in stainless steel vessels. Native yeast, no SO2, organic.

Stolpman Vineyards, Vin Gris Ballard Canyon 2020
10% (CA -Trousseau)

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Trousseau never completely finishes veraison. Clusters contain some pink fruit and errant green grapes. Our Vin Gris program started in 2017 when the winery crew isolated the pinker clusters into a bin, crushed it by foot trodding, and let it soak a few days for a rose color. Now that our Mondeuse vines are producing dark, high-acid grapes, Vin Gris has become a more significant wine within the Combe quiver. We press the dark Mondeuse immediately while the main portion of Trousseau soaked on the crushed skins for a day. The riper pick of Trousseau soaked on the skins for 5 days for color, depth, and texture. For the first time, half of the wine aged in tank to maintain freshness and the other half developed a softer texture in used oak. Sour cherry, rose water, crisp, lively and bright. By far the freshest, zestiest Vin Gris to date. Watermelon Agua Fresca without the sugar. Super bright acidity. Light and refreshing.

ORANGE

Familie Bauer Barig 2020
12% (50% Gruner Veltliner 50% Roter Veltliner)

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Located in the Grossriedenthal area of the Wagram region, Josef Bauer, alongside his wife Eva Maria, comprise the extraordinary winemakers of Weingut Familie Bauer. The Bauers believe in creating wines of the best quality by being conscientious of the environment by employing green covering of existing flora that cultivates the natural diversity of landscape and hence reflects the terroir found in their wines. In their modern cellar they craft crisp, clean wines from their 17 hectares of vines. Harvested from 1.5ha of vineyards planted in 1956 and 1970 on drifted loess. The grapes are hand-harvested in the early October, vineyard sorted and de-stemmed. Maceration lasts for two months in stainless steel tanks, followed by fermentation with natural yeasts that lasts for eight weeks with temperature control in the same steel tanks. The wine stays on the lees until February with no stirring. Aged in steel tanks for five months and unfiltered. A refreshing orange wine, great for entry level orange wine drinkers and the seasoned vets who want an orange wine on the lighter side. Orange zest, lemon aromas, honeysuckle and chalky minerals on the nose dive into the palate of vibrant flavors. Grass, floral notes, and a touch of salinity give more depth to this crushable Austrian orange wine.

Cacique Maravilla, Vino Naranha 2020
13% (Yumbel, Chile - Muscat)

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Vineyards are comprised of volcanic sand formed by redeposited ash (known in Chile as trumao) and are dry-farmed without any chemical intervention. Many of Cacique Maravilla's vines are well over 100 years old and have been in the care of Manuel Moraga's family for generations. Skin contact lasts 2 months in open vats of Raulí (native Chilean pink oak) without any punch downs or pump overs. The wine is then transferred to fiberglass tanks for an additional 10 months of aging. Wine is bottled unfiltered and without added sulfites.

Meinklang Weißer Mulatschak 2019
(Austria - Pinot Grigio, Welschriesling)

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Slightly gluey nose with some attractive elderflower aromas and a bit of spritz, but then wild plums, whitecurrants and fresh herbs. Full of fruit and character, really lively acidity, and then drops away to a slightly vegetal nose. Fine tannins and quite a salty finish. Easy-going and enjoyably funky – yet also rock solid, I went back for a glass on day two and it had held perfectly. Short skin contact on all varieties (5-6 days), unfiltered and with very low sulphites.

Stolpman Vineyards Love You Bunches
(CA - Muscat, Pinot Gris, Mouvedre)

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As we’ve expanded our carbonic So Fresh brand to include deeper hues of red, we began to think about the other direction on the rainbow, how could we make an interesting, delicious wine a lighter hue than Love You Bunches Carbonic Sangiovese? The obvious answer was a carbonic orange wine that would combine the fresh purity of Love You Bunches with the titillating textures of a fleshy orange wine. Tasting each varietal every day, across the board, we pressed each varietal after 6 days of carbonic fermentation and let the wines finish fermenting in tank. The pun “Love You Bunches” refers to the gentle treatment of each grape bunch so we don’t rupture grapes. The grapes then ferment whole, when yeast penetrate through the grape skins to ferment within. The term “carbonic” describes fermentation occurring in a sealed tank. The yeast have digest all available oxygen, creating carbon dioxide within. The 2020 vintage started with much needed late rain in March and April. The cold moisture pushed back bud break and set up an anticipated late harvest. Ripening then accelerated after late season heat waves. Luckily, the 3 varietals we used in Love You Bunches Orange were not close to ripeness approaching the major Labor Day weekend heatwave that peaked on September 6th. We gave the Pinot Gris vines a week to recover before picking the following Sunday, the next Saturday for the Orange Muscat, and a week later for Mourvedre. Popping tangerine and tangerine peel jump out of the glass complimented by inviting tropical guava and passion fruit. These driving fresh fruits come from the Orange Muscat and then the darker hued Pinot Gris delivers savory tactile notes and lends depth and weight. The Mourvedre further cushions the mouthfeel and adds a more serious earthy component.

SPARKLING

Col di Luna Flora Prosecco
(Italy - Glera)

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Col di Luna is a family winery in the Treviso region, just north of Venice, specializing in local, native grapes. This 100% glera sparkling sees no dosage at bottling, making it what we call a "brut nature" or bone-dry prosecco. Alpine flowers and wild apple waft across the nose and palate, with delicate pretty little bubbles to finish.

Kobal Bajta Rose 2020
(Slovenia - Blaufrankisch)

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Kobal is a small, boutique wine producer from the Styria region in Slovenia. By combining traditional and conventional wine methods and perfectionism with their organic, sustainable, and forward-thinking mindset, one does not wonder why the majority of their wines are sold to the US. Kobal Bajta is a classic Pet-Nat - Pétillant-naturel or natural sparkling wines (pét-nat), made with one step fermentation, with endemic wild microflora at the end of fermentation. They are bottled to keep the bubbles and finish fermentation in the bottle. Rose Bajta is made out of Blaufrankisch. The nose and taste has a yeasty bouquet, which combines with varietal strawberry and raspberry notes. It is an exciting and slightly fizzy, sparkling wine.

Sanctum 2018
(Podravje, Slovenia - Chardonnay)

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Continental cool climate, with snowy and cold winters, and sunny and mild spring, with sundrenching summers. Continental micro-climate on the steep hills and valleys of Lipoglav, located by the beautiful town of Loče in northeast Slovenia. All vineyards are located on steep 45° slopes with southern-exposure, ranging from 100 meters to 480 meters above sea level. Nights are refreshingly chilly, as the winds whip around the sharp hills and valleys. The soil made up of marl, clay and sand. No irrigation in the vineyards, spraying as necessary depending upon climate conditions. Most years only sulfites, sometimes copper, and rarely other substances allowed under Slovenian integrated farming regulations. Pomace from winemaking is soaked in water for 1-2 weeks and pressed again. This 2nd pressing then ferments naturally in the bottle into a refreshing frizzante beverage. Fun, casual, with yeasty farm aromas, this low alcohol piquette is an amazing naturally sparkling quaffable refreshment for any occasion.

TreMat Prosecco Frizzanre Vinell Vino Bianco
10.5% (Italy - Glera)

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The "Vinell" sparkling white wine signed by Tre Mat comes from grapes coming from the historic vineyard of the company, harvested exclusively by hand; all harvested simultaneously and pressed together, the grapes are left to macerate on their skins for 4 days, then pressed and left to ferment in wooden barrels in the first fermentation for six months, while the second fermentation takes place in the bottle. Wine with a velvety and creamy froth, with a good acid balance, invites, with pleasant lightheartedness, over and over again to the sip. Pale straw yellow; fine and creamy mousse. The nose is expressed with hints of apple, pear, peach and cedar and notes of yellow flowers. On the palate it reveals a good freshness and a pleasant minerality. Balanced.