Monteraponi, Chianti Classico Riserva Il Campitello 2019Regular price $100.00 Save $-100.00
Like many Italian names, the name of Monteraponi is more just the name of the winery. Its name comes from the medieval village of the same name with three ancient towers dating back to the 10th century. It falls just outside Radda located in the zone of Chianti, prime territory for Sangiovese. While the entire estate is 200 hectares, just 20 are devoted to vines and olives. The rest of the property is painted with oak and chestnut trees creating an amphitheater, a natural way to incorporate biodiversity among the vines and a healthy ecosystem. The current family has been farming here since the 1970s, and are often part of the same conversation as the Montevertine wines.
Jamet, Cote Rotie 2018Regular price $210.00 Save $-210.00
The Jamet family winemaking story began in 1976 in the northern Rhone valley. Jean-Paul, just 16 years, began working with his father, Joseph. Together they’ve created a style of wine that has not just stood the test of time, but is unwavered in its style. In their terraced, rocky slopes, farming is often beyond difficult, but there wouldn’t be a better way to produce Syrah than in this method. While the tendencies of modern winemaking in this region stray towards more new oak and farming on flatter vineyards, they knew this would go against their style. A signature trait of their domain is the choice to blend fruit from multiple sites as they find this is the optimal way to showcase both Cote Rotie and Condrieu.
Vines range wildly from 5 to 85 years old coming from a range of 16 lieu dits across Cote Rotie. The wine undergoes whole cluster fermentation giving more texture and aging potential, as well as 22 months in multiple styles of barrels.
Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico 2007Regular price $450.00 Save $-450.00
Variety: Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon
Every region in Spain produces wine. And while Rioja is its most famous region made from Tempranillo, which may be just as famous, it was the smaller region of Ribera del Duero that made it famous first. If it wasn’t for Vega Sicilia’s recognition of both the 1917 and 1918 vintages at the 1929 World Fair in Barcelona, the reputation of these wines wouldn’t quite be what they are now. Using Tempranillo, then known as a “country wine,” it was then blended with the fruit from Bordeaux vine cuttings. After 1982, the purchase of the Bodega by the Alvarez family shifted the winery towards a modernized hand as well as a welcomed international reputation. Vega Sicilia makes two wines—Unico and the multi-vintage Reserva Especial. Typically the wines are not released until they are ten years old, becoming increasingly difficult to find with each passing year.
The Unico bottles famously undergo a lengthy aging process, ten years being the typical window. 2007 was a colder vintage, thus making a wine more elegant than others, yet still structured. Tempranillo always makes up most of the blend here with Cabernet Sauvignon making up the rest.
Padelletti, Brunello di Montalcino 2017Regular price $81.00 Save $-81.00
The Padelletti family is one of Montalcino’s oldest and most traditional winemaking families. While the Denomination of Brunello di Montalcino did not become a protected appellation until 1980, though the family had vines dating back to the 16th century! The family currently utilizes a single plot of land next to the town of Montalcino called Rigaccini Secondo. As their family’s legacy has been steeped in Tuscany for so long, the current generation focuses on the traditions of the region. Making wines of elegance and their intense passion for farming is at their forefront of the family’s vision.
Coming from the estate vines of 30-35 years, the wine ages in both Slavonian and French oak barrels for thirty months, with the latter being the only way the family breaks the local tradition. It could be drunk now, but would do well with some age.
Quintarelli Giuseppe, Valpolicella Classico Superiore 2014Regular price $120.00 Save $-120.00
Variety: Corvina, Corvinone, & Rondinella
Giuseppe Quintarelli is a class act in the region of Veneto, more specifically in the zone of Valpolicella. There he’s known as the Maestro of Veneto. His name commands respect, the wines are sought after, yet difficult to track down. What set him apart from other producers growing the same grapes in this region is the love and passion that went into each one of them and the whimsical hand-written bottle labels. This is a true passion project as the wines are never hurried in the cellar. Multiple passes through the vineyard allows the making of more than one wine from the same grapes, including the tedious process of the appassimento method where the grapes would raisinate on straw mats. After a career spanning 60 years, his daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren carry on his passion for the things in life that need a little more time.
This bottle is true to how Valpolicella became known. Half of the fruit is pressed immediately and the other half is dried for two months. After fermentation, the juice spends an additional seven months in Slavonian oak casks, which goes far beyond the aging requirements for a Superiore. This wine has more alcohol, body, and spice than the Valpolicella Classico.
Joseph Roty, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2018Regular price $540.00 Save $-540.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
When it comes to old vines, the Roty family has not only some of the oldest vines in Burgundy, but incredibly some of the oldest vines in France. To pair nicely with their old vines, the family is noted as one of the oldest winemaking families in their home of Gevrey-Chambertin dating back 11 generations, though rumor has it it’s dated back 14. Their winemaking style is akin to their vines; traditional and unwavering making for bottles meant to age. The family has certainly stood the test of time. After several recent bouts of death in the family, Philippe Roty took the wheel in 2001 and continues the classic, restrained style of his family.
140+ year old vines planted right after the end of phylloxera. They make just eight barrels during a good year. This is the star of their lineup.
Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Saint Julien 2nd GCC 1989Regular price $450.00 Save $-450.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot
This second growth, which qualified in the 1855 classification, is a serious wine among all the Bordeax wines available. There are three Bordeaux Chateaux under the name of ‘Leoville.’ Leo means lions and refers to the power and structure of these wines from Saint Julien. The wines age gracefully in the cellar, even for an eternity if you let it. Leoville is located on the Left Bank of Bordeaux in the village of Saint Julien.
This 1989 only just left the winery in 2018 as it was held back as a library wine. Some consider 1989 the best bottle they ever produced. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot lead the blend here.