Fratelli Alessandria, Barbera d'Alba 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
The Alessandria family – owner Gian Battista, his wife Flavia, brother Alessandro, and son Vittore – lovingly produce a robust range of Piedmont specialty wines from start to finish. The farmer of the group, Gian’s philosophy is “the best wine comes from a great vineyard.” Located in the town of Verduno, in the commune of Barolo, the property has operated as a winery since the early 19th century. The wines were winning prizes as early as 1843. The original Alessandria brothers (fratelli) purchased the property in 1870.
Barbera, the fruitier and more approachable variety of the region, comes from the commune of Verduno. This spends 5-7 months in steel or cement vats, then 1-2 months in bottle.
G.D. Vajra, Barbera d'Alba Superiore 2017Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
The Vajra story is something quite magical. The family is not from noble descendants but is a family of hard-working, passionate, caring people. Their focus is on building something for their children, caring about the community, and cementing the stories of the regions’ past.
The G.D. Vajra winery was created in 1972 by Aldo and Milena Vaira, initially from vineyards planted by Aldo’s father in 1947. The winery was named for Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico Vaira, because at the time Aldo was not old enough to establish the winery in his own name. The spelling of the family name (Vaira) is different from the label (Vajra) for this reason: in 1918 the “j” was eliminated from most Italian words, so the Vaira family changed their spelling. However, the design of the wine label looked like a “j” so they kept the original spelling for the winery. Today the family has 40 hectares under vine in Barolo and other surrounding appellations. Their prized holdings in Bricco delle Viole were planted in 1949 by Aldo’s grandfather. Milena and Aldo’s three children – Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro – are all involved in the family winery operation situated in the village of Vergne.
G.D. Vajra, Langhe Rosso 2018Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Nebbiolo, Barbera
The Vajra story is something quite magical. The family is not from noble descendants but is a family of hardworking, passionate, caring people. Their focus is on building something for their children, caring about the community, and cementing the stories of the regions’ past. The Langhe Rosso is a wine that speaks to the region and all the varietals that make the region famous.
"The best match is the one where each player contributes his own talents to the game. That’s why when I think about Langhe Rosso I imagine a soccer team! Nebbiolo is the team captain, it emerges for its structure and elegance. Barbera has got personality and enthusiasm, while Dolcetto supports the team with its fruit and freshness. Freisa....is like Gattuso...decisive, but never lets down the guard. Albarossa is the goalkeeper: even though we do not notice him, without him you cannot play. And then Pinot, the playmaker: capable and quick, a real expert in dribbling, who, with his style, brings adrenaline to the match. Altogether they are a dream team." - Isidoro Vaira
Nada Fiorenzo, "Seifile" Langhe Rosso 2016Regular price $80.00 Save $-80.00
Variety: Barbera and Nebbiolo
Carlo Nada bought the Rombone farm, located in the Treiso commune of Piedmont, in 1921. He immediately planted vines and began to produce wine. Only one of his seven children, Fiorenzo, caught Carlo’s passion for wine. Initially, Fiorenzo discontinued his father’s winemaking business, focusing instead on selling grapes to local merchants. Fiorenzo’s son Bruno convinced his father to return to the winemaking business, and in 1982 they launched Azienda Agricola Nada Fiorenzo. Fourth-genera- tion Danilo Nada was born into a thriving winegrowing business. Today, 80-something Fiorenzo is still involved in working the vineyards. Bruno is head winemaker, while Danilo is learning the business alongside his father and grandfather.
The “Seifile” is at once silky and rich, well-balanced and structured for aging. Acidity is bright and expressive. Flavors of dark fruit and tar mark its provenance from the Treiso commune in Barbaresco territory.
Tendu, Red 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Aglianico, Montepulciano, and Barbera
The Tendu project is a family endeavor made by Steve and Jill Matthiasson with the intent to create authentic wine from classic varietals. Steve Matthiasson is a six-time nominee for a James Beard award, a serious achievement in the wine industry. He has also been named “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Steve and Jill are long time friends and mentors to Hart & Cru.
Tendu is nothing more or less than a bistro wine! If you close your eyes, you might be transported to France, Italy, or elsewhere, let the wine lead the way! This is the bottle to pull out as the crowd pleaser with all manner of food. It's highly approachable with the right amount of seriousness. These Italian varieties come from the Windmill vineyard outside of Yolo County near Sacramento, California. The vineyard is strewn with pink gravel and practices organic. Tendu wine has no added sulfur and ages in neutral oak. The Matthiassons change the Tendu blend every year; this is their third bottling.