Tenuta Di Carleone, Toscana Il Randagio 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc and Merlot
Tenuta Carleone di Castiglioni was first mentioned in the year 1078 when monks first founded it in Chianti, named for the village of Castiglioni meaning “small castle.” The property is a romantic vision of wooded hills, rivers, and fertile plains. Nestled in between the hills are the Sangiovese vines and olive trees. Though the property was farmed for hundreds of years, it did not become the winery of Tenuta di Carleone until 2012. Karl Egger and Sean O’Callaghan both operate the winery with a clear vision, making Sangiovese in a classic way, though with Sean’s twist.
Randagio is a word for stray, paying homage to a smaller one-eyed version of Sean “Il Guercio” O’Callaghan in the form of a little guercino seen on this label. This is the same winemaking as Carleone’s other bottle, “Guercio,” but the blend gets a small dose of Cabernet Franc and Merlot. There are whole bunches in this wine and cement tanks used; no barrels here.
Iruai, 'Tierra Extrana' Cabernet Franc 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Chad Hinds started out as a chef, entering the world of work during the great recession of 2008-09. As a diversifying strategy, he started learning more about wine, then quickly aligned his thinking around the connections between natural food and wine. Chad finished a degree in enology before deciding in 2013 to create a winery, which he calls Methode Sauvage (“wild method”), initially focusing on finding a voice for Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc because he loves the grapes of the Loire Valley. As Chad’s interests and capabilities have grown, so has the range of wines he is producing as a sort of wunderkind of natural wines. In true gypsy form, the winery has taken on a new name, which is now the identity of Iruai.
Tierra Extraña means “strange land” and refers to the visiting Cabernet Franc which would usually feel at home in its native France. The wine is sourced from several cooler coastal sites, unusual for California as it is usually producing bigger fruiter wines.
Thierry Germain, Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur-Champigny "La Marginale" 2016Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Story: The small image that appears on most of Thierry Germain’s labels is a silhouette of the man himself; he is walking, casting a long shadow that transitions into two tall grape vines. This image is the perfect metaphor to imply the large shadow Thierry casts in life; affecting the vines around him through his ability to produce healthy grapes and practice biodynamic farming. While other vignerons in Saumur are pumping as much synthetic fertilizer into the vineyards as possible, Thierry is using compost when necessary, forcing the grapes to suffer, resulting in lower yields and complex pure wines.
“La Marginale” is only produced in excellent vintages, much like vintage Champagne. The vines are 45 years in age and planted to clay and limestone. The fruit is completely destemmed, offering a fresher and softer mouthfeel experience. The Cabernet Franc will age in variously sized oak—a mix of used barrels and large foudres for 18-24 months.