Azienda Agricola COS, Aestas Siciliae · 375 mLRegular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Giusto Occhipinti of COS is one of the most critical names in Italy. COS was founded by three friends to make traditional wine with respect for the place the grapes are grown. During their first harvest in 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. The acronym of their three last names forms “COS.” They were early adopters to Biodynamic farming, starting a movement on the island, which are still golden standards. The friends are hard workers, using an old winery given to them by a family friend and opting to use terracotta vases for ageing, a completely neutral vessel. Sicily has just one DOCG—Cerasuolo di Vittoria; the friends were the first winery to bottle a DOCG wine in Sicily. COS is located in Vittoria, the farthest tip of southeastern Sicily. The area recalls that of Africa, with its climate and land of red, ochre, and yellow tones.
This is a very special bottle that will defy what you think you know about Moscato. A loose translation of "Aesta Sicilae" seems to be a "Sicilian summer." In the Vittoria appellation on the southeastern coast of Sicily are high altitude vines where this Moscato is harvested late. It is fermented on the skins for added structure, and aged in stainless steel to preserve its fresh fruity character, rich texture, and saline-forward minerality. Yes, there is sweetness, but it is balanced in its non-fruit tones and a driving acidity. This bottle can age well for years and pairs excellently with cheeses or fruit desserts.
Clos Figueras, "Forget Me Not" VermouthRegular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Garnacha (Grenache) and Carinena (Carignan)
bottle size: 750ml
This is a small project done by duo Christopher and Anne Cannan from their Poblets del Monsant winery outside of Priorat. The vermouth is a specialty of the region of the nearby Catalonia. The base is Grenache and Carignan fortified with over 100 aromatic herbs and spices from the nearby mountains. Even though fortified, the wine only approaches 16% alcohol and ages for 18 months in 500 liter casks. This is ideal aperitif wine enjoyed on ice or on its own with an orange slice. Excellent with olives, nuts, or charcuterie. This could also be used in cocktails like the Manhattan, but the vermouth really shines nicely on its own.
G.D. Vajra, Barolo ChinatoRegular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Nebbiolo grapes from the Barolo Albe DOCG are the base, with the addition of thirty herbs, peel and roots of plants, including Cinchona bark (quinine) which is where the Chinato gets its name.
bottle size: 750ml
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 Vajra, because at the time Aldo was not old enough to establish the winery in his own name. 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. The family is hard-working, passionate, and caring. Their focus is on building something for their children, caring about the community, and cementing the stories of the regions’ past. The family is longtime friends of Hart & Cru. They continue to uphold their passion for quality wine and the people who surround them.
Isole e Olena, Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2009Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Malvasia and Trebbiano
bottle size: 375 ml
It is not enough to say that Isole e Olena is held to the highest regard and winemaker Paolo de Marchi has an unquestionable vision. Fourth generation winemaker Paolo De Marchi studied Agriculture at the University of Turin and worked harvests in California and France before returning to the family estate in 1976. He found much need for improvement and modernization in the Chianti Classico region. One of the first projects involved planting single vineyards of international varieties, such as Chardonnay and Syrah. With these steps, Paolo discovered a way to balance tradition with innovation. Isole e Olena is named for the formation of the two estates that were purchased by the De Marchi family in the 1950s. Over 43 years, he has earned a reputation as “Mr. Sangiovese” and also the “Dean of Chianti.”
This wine has a special method to make it. The freshly harvested Malvasia and Trebbiano grapes are left on straw mats to raisin or hung or dried by hanging on racks indoors. The style ranges from dry to sweet; this style is done sweet and pairs perfectly with biscotti.