'A Vita, IGP Calabria Rosato 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Depending how you look at it, ‘A Vita can either be viewed as a lifetime or ‘from life.’ Either way you see it, this small winery is bringing a breath of fresh air to the most southerly region on the boot—Calabria. Dup Francesco and Laura de Franco farm in the DOC of Ciro, straddling the area between the Ionian sea and the Sila mountains. The area is known more so for its bulk wine, though ‘A Vita makes about 2000 cases in total. Their approach to farming and winemaking is minimal as they bring an overlooked region into the world spotlight.
The Gaglioppo fruit comes from a vineyard right near the Ionian Sea. The juice undergoes the saignee method after 12 hours on its skins yielding a darker rosato with a brickish hue. Its salty with a tannin kick, a fairly accurate representation of Mediterranean rose.
Alfredo Maestro, Amanda Rosado 2020Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Variety: Garnache Tintorerea
Alfredo Maestro’s family came to Peñafiel from the Basque Country. Having grown up amongst the vines, he had a great interest in wine and started making his own from an early age. From the beginning, he farmed organically, yet in the cellar he worked literally by the book, teaching himself enology from a textbook, using all the tricks to make a “correct” wine of Ribera del Duero. He would use cultured yeasts, tannins, color enhancers, etc. It took some time, but Alfredo eventually had a revelation—as an organic farmer, why would he use chemicals to adjust the finished wine? It made the most sense for his cellar work to match the integrity which he used in the vineyard—so he did just that. He began eliminating unnecessary products and additives. By 2003 he was making wine without additives whatsoever, including sulfur.
This style of rose actually means “teardrop pink” in Spanish. The fruit comes from high elevation vineyards in the Ribero del Duero area of Castilla y Leon. The majority of the grapes come from old vineyards planted in calcareous-clay soils.The fruit is completely destemmed and does not undergo any maceration on the skins. The ageing process is completed between both stainless steel and used French oak.
Ampeleia, Rosato di Ampeleia 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Carignano, Alicante Nero (Grenache)
Ampeleia was born only just in 2002 from the collaboration and friendship between noteworthy icons—Elisabetta Foradori, Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini. They created a place where they could not only develop an agricultural project but also fulfill a common dream. The estate comprises different plots of land, each located far apart and on different altitude levels—their mission is to create variables in altitude, soil type and microclimatic conditions. Variety is the spice of life, at least Ampeleia, representing the project’s constant quality and willingness to discover. The grape varieties that have been planted are common to Mediterranean vineyards reflecting the tradition of growing multiple varieties in the same vineyard. Today, the estate extends over three altitude levels and covers 35 hectares of vineyard.
This is just the second vintage of this rose produced annually; only 5000 bottles are made! This combines the Alicante Nero (Grenache) and Carignan together in a lovely, fruity, yet tannic rose that’s lighter in alcohol.
Athenais, Amphore Pinot Gris Rose 2019Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Pinot Gris
Athénaïs of Chateau de Beru is one of the most discussed producers in Burgundy today. Coming from a domain with 400 years in the making, she leads the current generation of this property. The chateau has certainly experienced its ups and downs. As phylloxera devastated the family’s vines, new ones were not planted for almost 100 years. The fruit was sold to other Chablis co-ops up until 2004 when the death of Athena’s father happened. She traveled back to the domaine to assist her mother, Laurence. It was then that she began incorporating all sorts of changes. The family began bottling their wine, converted agriculture over to biodynamic, and opted to intervene minimally in the winemaking. The reputation is only improving and Beru has become known for their Chablis wines. ‘Athenais’ is the name of her negociant project, though still intertwined with the family domain.
This bottle is a truly progressive style coming from the region of Chablis, which is anything but progressive. The Pinot Gris, which yields a naturally rosy hue, is left on its skins for one month. The aging is completed between old oak and twelve months in amphora clay. There is no added sulfur.
Barbacan, Alpi Retiche Rosato 2021Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Nebbiolo and a few other indigenous varieties
Barbacan is a miniscule estate of just three hectares in the far north of Italy on the Swiss border. Here the Sega family is one of the few growers in the appellation of Valtellina in Lombardy that are making wine completely naturally. Coupled with what the Italians call “heroic viticulture,” the grueling work put forth by this father and his two sons is beyond impressive. Valtellina is a serious valley of terraced vineyards. Both human efforts and the grapes are stressed, and this shows in the beautiful wines of this unique Alpine area. Chiavennasca is the local name for the variety we know as Nebbiolo.
The Noah’s Ark on this label shows the family’s ambitions to recover local varieties. Sure, Nebbiolo is in the mix, but so are Brugnòla, Chiavennaschino, Pignòla and Negrera as well as a few others. This is aged eight months in steel and released to drink right away.
Bonavita, Rosato Terre Siciliane 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Imagine making wine on a large peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The region of Faro is just that, jutting out into the Strait of Messina. Even if you are Italian, this is a wine region very few people have ever heard of and rarely have the opportunity to taste, since only five wineries are located on the Peninsula. The explosive popularity of the wines of Mount Etna just to the south has taken the wine world by storm over the last few years. Now the wines from surrounding regions are gaining attention for their quality and personality. Giovanni Scarfone is the owner and winemaker for Bonavita. His focus is organic farming on the hill behind the main village of Faro. The high winds from the Strait of Messina protect the wines from the heat, and the end product is something extraordinary.
Cantine Barbera, La Bambina Rosato 2022Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Nero d’Avola
Marilena Barbera is proprietor and winemaker at Cantine Barbera, a boutique winery located in Menfi, on the Southwest coast of Sicily. Her family has been grape producers for three generations. From her grandfather who planted the first indigenous vineyards in the early 1920’s to her father who walked in his parent’s footsteps and selected the grape varieties which would best adapt to the land’s micro-climatic conditions. Her commitment is to produce high quality wines only with the grapes grown and selected in their 30 hectares in Tenuta Belicello, only a few steps away from the Mediterranean Sea while continuing to carry on her father’s dream.
La Bambina is Marilena Barbera’s ode to strong women and their pursuits of determination. Digging deeper, she was told there was no such market for a rose made from Nero d’Avola in the vineyard she was using at the time. She persevered and planted a new vineyard a bit later, ultimately making the dry rose she originally envisioned.
Colston Biblio, Spot Lite Grenache Rose 2022Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
From Cincinnati native, Matty Colston, this wine, hailing from Oregon is the perfect juicy summer rose! After two decades of working in fine dining and wine focused establishments, Matty decided to extend his passion for wine into the world of winemaking, moving to Oregon in 2018.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from a small grower in Yakima Valley, Washington. The fruit was brought to a friend’s crush pad in Oregon where Matty made a fresh drinkable rose that’s ready to drink right now.
Conca d'Oro, Rose Prosecco Treviso 2021Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Glera and Pinot Nero
Fattoria Conca d’Oro loosely means “golden basin farm.” The winery has been around for generations with their own vineyards in the heart of the Strada del Prosecco, namely in the Valdobbiadene production zone, known as having the absolute best hillsides in the region for Prosecco winemaking. The winery is involved in each moment of the process beginning with tending to their vines, harvest, and production of these Prosecco wines.
The region of Veneto now allows for the production of "Prosecco Rosé" as the name of the wine and the winemaking appellation. The wine is done in the charmat method, different from Champagne, as it is done with the tank method. Glera, the traditional grape used for Prosecco production is blended with an additional 20% of the red variety Pinot Nero.
Corzano e Paterno, Rosato 2022Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Wendel Gelpke, a Swiss architect, fell madly in love with these romantic hillsides. The Corzano property was purchased back in 1969, and then the neighboring property of Paterno in 1974. These hillsides are separated from the Chianti Classico subzone by the Via Cassia, a road that runs parallel to the river Pisa. Farming here has always been organic and her Sardinian sheep herd roams the rows to naturally fertilize the vines; talk about sustainability. As is classic for the area, the properties produce mainly Sangiovese. Wendel and the family own and operate the winery, and keep very occupied by making their own cheese and olive oil.
This is a purely Sangioves rosato, though in some years Canaiolo may be added. It is bottled the March after the harvest. This wine has become a gem vintage after vintage. The wine is consistent and always lovely.
Egly Ouriet, Champagne Extra Brut Rose Grand Cru NVRegular price $240.00 Save $-240.00
Variety: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier
Right after WWII, the Egly-Ouriet house was born. Francis Egly’s grandfather married Madame Ouriet with just 3 hectares of land to start from the Grand Cru area of Ambonnay. After taking over from his father, Francis Egly immediately converted the domaine to 100% estate bottling. In the process, he became one of the original pioneers of the grower Champagne movement, growing his name to be one of the top Champagne producers. He organically farms Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both being 50 years old on average. Francis implements varied barrel aging from 1 to 5 years of age, letting every terroir express itself. Wine writer Peter Liem states, “If there are any Champagnes that fit the often-used description of “Burgundy with bubbles,” Egly-Ouriet would be the leading candidate.”
This rose blends both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and is an interesting practice where 5% of Coteaux Champenois is also blended in. The vintages used are 2015-2017. The winemaking takes place in mostly used barrels and lees aging takes place for four years.
Ermitage du Pic St. Loup, Rose 2021Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup has quite the legend following it. In medieval times, there were three lords of the Languedoc entranced by the beauty of a princess. She vowed to give herself to the most gallant, Christian man. The lords traveled to Jerusalem on a crusade to defend the tomb of Christ; upon returning, they discovered the princess’ death. In their grief, they each retreated to nearby mountains, living their lives as hermits. “Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup” translates to a hermit dwelling; Saint Loup Peak was named for one of the princess’ suitors. The three Ravaille brothers now operate the winery, their family having lived in the Languedoc for over 1000 years. The emblem of three fish not only reiterates the story of the three suitors, but also the fraternal bond of the three brothers.
This is the classic trio of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre blended with Cinsault from vines 10-50 years in age. The rose is pressed directly bringing out the beautiful coral tones of the fruit. This can be drunk immediately, though would do very well to revisit after a year in the cellar.
Francois Chidaine, Touraine Rose 2022Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grolleau, Gamay, and Pinot Noir
Francois and Manuéla are a husband and wife operation based in both Montlouis and Vouvray located in the central Loire Valley. In a region that produced bulk wine for years, particularly after WWII, the Chidaine duo brought an emphasis to wines of quality and regenerative farming; they also look to natural winemaking. One of their largest goals is to look to the future, “an effort to save the world.” Chidaine’s household wines are varying styles of Chenin Blanc from dry to off-dry to sparkling. Their inspired lineup includes classic reds and whites from the Loire made into vibrant, juicy styles ranging in price points. Their momentum only continues as they seek to better the world around them.
This rosé is made into a vibrant style from equal parts of Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Grolleau. The fruit all comes from their estate vineyards which are biodynamically farmed. The juice is completed entirely in stainless steel to keep this wine fresh. Only 550 cases of this wine are made annually.
Frederic Savart, Extra Brut 'Cuvee Ephemere 016' Rose Champagne, NVRegular price $84.00 Save $-84.00
Variety: Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay
A cap on his head and mud on his boots has made us instantly fall in love with Freddie Savart, a jolly former football (soccer) player turned world-class winemaker. Freddie’s wild creativity and experimentation is crafting Champagne that has the entire wine world talking. Savart champions Pinot Noir based Champagnes grown in the mineral rich soils of Montagne de Reims. He’s a force to be reckoned with and celebrates the romance of wine. His wines are for the thrill seekers, the wine geeks, and of course, the Champagne lovers.
Ephemere changes with each vintage; no two wines are the same. This one is a collab with Maison Dremont. The fruit comes from both 2015 and 2016 and ages for five years on its lees before release.
Fuoristrada, Terre Siciliane Rosato · 1 L Tetra PakRegular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Nero d'Avola
Even though the estate Monte Bernardi dates back to 1085 in the region of Panzano in Tuscany, Michael Schmelzer and family purchased the estate in 2003 and have been making beautiful Sangiovese-based wines and olive oil ever since. In addition to Monte Bernardi, Michael also keeps himself busy with several other projects in Italy, one of those being Fuoristrada, which means “off road.” The focus with this project is making excellent wine under an eco-friendly label on par with the quality you’d expect from the Monte Bernardi wines. Fuoristrada is packed, not “bottled” in a Tetra Pak resulting in a liter package. This means more wine for you, and less impact on the environment.
This is a fresh and fruit rosato coming from Sicily. The wine is certified organic and vegan, using one of the flagship varieties of Sicily.
G.D. Vajra, N.S. Della Neve, Extra Brut, Metodo Classico Rosato NVRegular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir
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.
The story behind the wine began with Thomas Jefferson when he was French ambassador and often traveled to Piedmont. During his visits, he drank Nebbiolo and proclaimed that it was as brisk as Champagne. The Vajra family later challenged this statement by making a wine with both Nebbiolo and the Champagne grape, Pinot Noir, as its blend. This bottle gets its name from the chapel that sits on the slopes of the vineyards: “Nostra Signora Della Neve” which means "Our Lady of the Snow" referring to the barren soil which still produces beautiful fruit from this site.
Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Sybille Rose 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
The Boulay family has been in Sancerre since 1380, Gerard the current generation of the family adds no yeast and little to no SO2 during vinification. He describes his role as one of “surveillance” to make sure nothing goes wrong. In general he works by instinct, “au feeling” because he wants to “let the wine live” and tries not to interfere with the natural process. Most of his vineyard sites average about 45 years in age. While many vignerons in Sancerre continue with conventional winemaking, Gerard continues to implement organic farming and making thoughtful, traditional Sancerre.
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosato 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Giuseppe Russo left his native Sicily for a time, trained as a pianist and music teacher, and studied literature. But when his father, Girolamo, died, Giuseppe returned in 2005 to make “the best wines (I) can in this exceptional, often challenging but uniquely beautiful area.” Although the Russo family calls the area in and around Passopisciaro home, it is an interesting and dynamic place that is attracting winemakers from the all over the world. The Russos have 26 hectares of land, 15 planted to vineyards and the rest to olives and hazelnut groves. Their vineyards are on the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
This is made entirely from Sicily’s main red variety, Nerello Mascalese. It is made from mostly young vines jout of the San Lorenzo Contrada, which are perfect for this fresh rose. To retain its freshness, it is aged completely in stainless steel.
Grand Cros, "Esprit" Rose 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, and Cinsault
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that,
purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in 1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
Flavors are abound in this fresh and herbal spirit of Provence. L’esprit means the “mind or wit” of Domaine Grand Cros. This bottle is a blend of mostly Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah.
Ilarria Irouleguy Rose 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Tannat and Cabernet Franc
Domaine Ilarria, whose name derives from Iri (site) larria (land) in the local Euskara (an ancient language spoken exclusively in this region), takes respect for terroir to the next level. Isolated from the rest of the world by the Pyrenees mountains. Peio inherited the land from his parents who inherited it from their vigneron parents, and has winemaking in his blood. Before taking over the family estate in 1988, winemaker Peio Espil did stints in Bordeaux and Jurancon, but could not stay away from the Irouleguy region for long. Upon his return, he painstakingly terraced the limestone rich hills in order to better make use of the steep terrain.
This rose has some weight and is often compared to other roses from the south of France, like the world famous style of Tavel. Eric Asimov of the New York Times often calls out this bottle for both its value and its versatility.
Jules, Cotes de Provence Rose 2021Regular price $15.00 Save $-15.00
Variety: Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan
The lure of Provence –the colors, the sights, the sounds, the smells, what’s not to love? Certainly Canadians Jane and Hugh Faulkner couldn’t find an answer to that,
purchasing and beginning restorations of Le Grand Cros in 1989. They were joined in
1999 by son Julian, who continued upgrades, this time focusing on the vineyards and winery. Their aim is to blend science and art, balancing the latest technologies with respect for the natural setting. From this thinking comes a lineup of rosés.
The namesake cuvée of the owner, designed to get straight to the point on taste and value. Reds (Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah) and a pinch of Rolle (that’s French for Vermentino), create a classic Provencal blend.
Julien Braud, Rose Pinot Noir, Val de Loire 2022Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety : Pinot Noir
Julien Braud is an exciting young winemaker, one of the few next generation winemakers in Sevre et Maine, who has taken over part of his family's estate with the mission of pushing the limits of Muscadet and its identity grape, Melon de Bourgogne. The area in general has seen a decline in producers and vineyards in recent years, but Julien Braud is on a mission to bring emphasis and notoriety back to this area, and so far is undeterred! Not only is he farming sustainably and recently certified organic, he brings a quality-minded approach and a sense of whimsy to an otherwise neglected area. His wines effectively over-deliver in quality at their modest price points.
L'Archetipo, Salento Brut Susumante Millesimato Rosato 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Since the 80’s Francesco Valentino began to convert his land to organic farming, but he came to find he wanted more from the vitality of his vineyards. In 2000 he implemented biodynamic farming. These practices are thanks to his studies on Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist/thinker who touched on endless fields of human endeavor, including biodynamic farming. After a few years of biodynamics, he realized there was still something further to be done. Francesco studied the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer/philosopher known as the father of modern day natural farming. At long last he implemented sustainable agriculture, in which all synergies in his vineyard ecosystem were linked: the Synergistic Agriculture, a balanced ecosystem.
Made from the Pugliese native grape susumaniello. Often used as a blending grape, it takes form in this monovarietal bottle of bubbles as a zingy, zesty watermelon-y refresher, with just a kick of RS to balance the acid. 36 hour skin maceration makes for a pop of color. Aged on lees in steel tanks, it walks the line between playful and elegant. Like all of the Dibendetto family’s wine, this one is unfiltered with very little SO2 added at bottling. First released in 2019, it’s already a crowd pleaser.
La Collina, Rosa LunaRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Lambrusco Salamino
The Cooperative, La Collina, resides in Reggio Emilia, the heart of the Emilia Romagna. This region is home to Lambrusco, the tri colored Italian flag, and Parmigiano Reggiano! The story is unexpected; back in 1975, twelve young men joined minds and hearts to begin a cooperative of both agricultural ambitions and humanitarian efforts. The project was aimed to draw in those with drug problems, rehabilitate them through the rewards of biodynamic farming, and reap the benefits of incredible wine, cheese, and other produce. The winery is, in essence, a result of community collaboration far ahead of its time in the hills of Emilia Romagna.
This is a traditional pure expression of Lambrusco without the cloying sweetness. Enea uses frozen grape must to help kickstart the fermentation naturally, and boost the aromatics of the resulting wine. While this Lambrusco is definitely tart and fruity, the acidity and bubbles will stand up to charcuterie and pizza effortlessly.
Laherte Freres, Extra Brut Rose de Meunier Champagne NVRegular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Variety: Pinot Meunier
The Laherte brothers, Thierry and Christian, are sixth generation winemakers in the Valle de la Marne of Champagne. Aurelien Laherte represents the seventh generation and has been taking the winery to a new dimension, while still following in the footsteps of his family. They have 75 different plots across Epernay, Vallée de la Marne, and the Cotes des Blancs. The mantra with the family is to let the terroir speak for itself with a deep respect for tradition, heritage, and land. Each example of Laherte Fréres is more stunning than the last. The Laherte family, with Aurélien at the helm, have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most compelling and revolutionary producers in Champagne.
This rosé Champagne is produced exclusively from the family’s 30-year-old Pinot Meunier vines. The blend brings together Meunier made into white and red wine, then blended. It is rich and focused. As Antoni Galloni says, "In a word: magical."
Le Fraghe, Bardolino Chiaretto Rosato 'Rodon' 2022Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Corvina and Rondinella
As a young girl, Matilde Poggi, grew up around winemaking and hearing her parents talk about it. During October, she would go straight from school to the vineyards to help with the harvest. Her first harvest was in 1984, prior to that, the grapes were sold to another winery. Matilde is passionate about the surrounding terroir of valleys, rivers, winds from the north, and the mountainous areas that makes her wines uniquely their own. Her 3 daughters now help her run the winery. They have been certified organic since 2009.
“Chiaretto” comes from the word chiaro, meaning pale or light, which describes this rose perfectly. Made mostly from the Corvina grape variety, and made in a style more reminiscent of a white wine, Rodòn is a well-loved rose representing the Bardolino Chiaretto style of Lake Guarda.