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Carboniste, Extra Brut Albarino Gomes Vineyard 2020Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Of all the producers coming out of California, new and old, Carboniste may have the freshest perspective. Yes, they are making sparkling, but completely letting the warm California climate take the lead. There is no influence of Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava in sight. The project is run by Dan and Jacqueline Person, who after meeting at UC Davis, worked all over the world before reconvening on this project. While Dan does have his work for Schramberg under his belt, he insists on reimagining sparkling wine inspired by the California state of mind.
This Albariño’s story is actually very personal. The Gomes family has been farming the vineyard of the same name since the 19th century when they originally traveled over from Portugal. In their homeland, Albariño is grown near the coast, and it wouldn’t be completely wild for it to be drunk with octopus. The wine is fermented in tank with a small amount of dosage added.
Royal Tokaji, Tokaj 5 Puttonyos Aszu Red Label 2016Regular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Variety: Furmint, Hárslevelű, and Muscat
Hungary has more than been impacted by the toils of war and economy. In the region of Tokaji—pronounced toe-kai—is one of the most famous wines in the world. Driving this home, Hungary was the first place in Europe to have classified vineyard sites in the 17th century, the likely result of an accidental late harvest of fruit due to threats of enemy invasion. Fast forward to the 20th century: communist takeover in Hungary forced these classified vineyards to make nothing more than mass-production wines up until 1990. Enter world-famous wine writer Hugh Johnson, credited with reviving the legacy of the Tokaji region, who co-founded The Royal Tokaji winery in 1990 with a handful of investors. He is also joint owner of the Mézes Mály Vineyard, one of the two first growths of the Tokaji region. The winery is the leading producer of the Tokaji, effectively bringing about the renaissance of this special wine to the world.
Production of the aszu, aka “shriveled wine” is only done in exceptional vintages that produce the noble rot where harvest is a long lengthy ordeal. The harvest would typically begin in late October; grapes are harvested by hand, one by one by the best pickers, and repeated multiple times. After harvest, the aszu grapes are macerated in the grape must from the first harvest. The sweetness is measured by puttonyo, 25 liter wooden tubs, added to the base wine, ranging from 3 to 6 puttonyos for the aszu style. This has the most botrytized grapes added to the mix making it one of the most special and distinguished wines worldwide. This particular wine has only made during 15 different vintages since the winery’s founding in 1990.
SPRING ROSÉ 2022 - 1ST SET OF THE SEASONRegular price $145.00 Save $-145.00
6 BOTTLES FOR $145
FINALLY! Winter is over; well, at least we hope so. And in Ohio, you can’t quite know…so knock on wood. With the forecast looking towards warm and sunny side in the coming days, we are craving crushable dry rosé! Perfect for patio drinking as the days get longer and the ingredients at the markets get fresher. Here are some bottles we are enjoying, perfect for the weather change and for the holiday weekend ahead with family and friends.
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Michael Gindl, Gruner Veltliner 'Buteo' 2018Regular price $39.00 Save $-39.00
Variety: Gruner Veltliner
Michael Gindl is the face behind the eponymously named domaine coming out of Weinviertel, a lesser known area in eastern Austria. While the farm has been in the family since 1802, Michael has taken ownership of viticulture, beginning this as early as his school days. In the past few years, he has not only taken on the land that formerly was leased, he has also taken on about 25 hectares of land, effectively doubling his land holdings. This is important to his aesthetic due to his attempts to biodynamically farm this land and bring on other crops, allowing for biodiversity for the vines. The ultimate goal is creating a farm that will allow the family to keep things autarchic. This is driven home by the fact that the wood for oak and acacia barrels comes from the woods on his property. Michael’s winemaking is minimal and thoughtful.
Like his other wines, “Buteo” is done with as little as possible. The wine spends just 4-8 hours on its skins, then a few lengthy months on its lees, and six months in oak. This is a Gruner with plenty of character, texture, and intensity.
Mas de Gourgonnier, Les Baux-de-Provence Rouge 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Carignan
This small family-run property resides in the appellation of Les Baux de Provence, just a stone’s throw from the seaside city of Marseilles. The Cartier family has been farming organically there for many generations. Their red wines are reminiscent of the great Rhone or Bordeaux reds, though the distinct Provencal soil comes through. What makes this family stand apart even more is that for the quality and expression these wines bring to the table, the value is unparalleled. The family also grows a plethora of wonderful fruits and vegetables and makes extra virgin olive oils from their certified organic farm in the south of France.
This red blend easily reminds you of the Rhone style with its Grenache and Syrah, but with the additions of the Provencal Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines grow at 500 meters in the shadows of Les Alpilles, also known as the baby Alps. The wine ages in tank and older barrels. It is very much their signature wine.
SRC, Etna Rosso 2019Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese & Indigenous varieties
SRC is a small family operation that started in just 2013. Amazingly, the wines are low-production and have just recently become available here in Ohio. It is the force of husband and wife duo, Rori and Cinzia, as well as their daughter, Sandra. This is how SRC gets its name—an acronym of all their names. The project began as a small plot of land of just 0.5 hectares that Rori purchased as a surprise for Cinzia, one that went over rather well as the family continued acquiring land. The identity of Etna comes through in each of SRC’s wines where they showcase the ancient low-yielding vines, the volcanic soils, and the charming Mediterranean spirit. The family uses a careful hand in the cellar, allowing the fruit to shine—no sulfur and minimal oak ageing. We agree with many who say these wines are truly representative of their sense of place more so than any other place in the world.
These are 70 year old vines that thrive in the volcanic soil in Mt. Etna, especially when done naturally as this family has done. The wine ages in cement for one year before its release.
Sesti, Brunello di Montalcino 2015Regular price $120.00 Save $-120.00
The story behind Sesti is a remarkable one, as the founding family are first generation winemakers with no roots in winemaking. Giugi Sesti and his wife, Sarah, both had interests outside of the wine world, though the hills of Tuscany inevitably called their names. There they purchased an abandoned site including the property and castle of Argiano. Before Giugi became interested in wine, he had studying astronomy, which he was later able to apply to his practice of biodynamic farming where the lunar calendar was used. Sesti used a natural form of farming from the get-go. The concept of low-intervention winemaking allowed the elegance of their wines to shine. Elisa drives the next generation of winemaking, keeping the Sesti approach traditional and focused as ever.
The Sesti Brunello is Sangiovese coming from 20 year old vineyards planted to oceanic sediment. It ages in oak for 39 months followed by one year of bottle aging before its release.
Bichi, Tecate MísticoRegular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Tempranillo and Cariñena (Some of the varieties are a mystery!)
Tecate, Mexico is probably better known for its beer, but does, in fact, produce wine with a lengthy history. Before vine planting began in Chile and Argentina, Spanish conquistadors planted vines in Baja California (“lower” California, but part of Mexico). The Spanish Crown at the time of the late 1500s was fearful of this new wine being more popular than their own Iberian wines; production was ordered to stop, but Spanish Jesuit missionaries continued to plant. The Valle de Guadalupe continued to prove its significance even during Prohibition as it lay just outside the US border. Fast forward to 2014. Noel Téllez and his family moved to Baja California from Sonora, which is where “Bichi” comes from, the Sonoran dialect for “naked.” They were naked in the middle of Baja, a theme that lent itself well to the consistently nude figures gracing their wine labels. Noel is full-time proprietor of Bichi, but receives guidance from Beaujolais veteran Yann Rohel. Grapes planted are Misión, (also known as Pais), Tempranillo, and Moscatel Negro, as well as other wild vines that remain to be identified. The wines made are natural, but garner the local name of “vinos sin maquillaje,” or wines without makeup.
In short, this is a mystery field blend. The wine is more so about the fine art of blending the varieties and bringing several different sites together, a summary of the capabilities of the region of Tecate. The wine goes on to age in concrete as well as older oak and steel. Some of the Tempranillo undergoes carbonic maceration giving this wine purity of fruit and lift.
OLIVE OILS BY WINERIES WE LOVE
There is no doubt you can decipher the expression of great olive oil when you’ve tasted it. Here are some small production oils from wine growers we really love.
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