Seehof, Riesling Trocken 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
The area of Rheinhessen, tucked between Nahe, Pfaltz, and Rheingau regions, is so often misunderstood. This is mostly due to its production of Liebfraumilch, the sweet and cheap swill popularized after World War II, many considering “the armpit of German wine.” Bringing Rheinhessen out of its dark times has been a long uphill battle; Klaus Peter Keller is the primary factor of bringing about these changes. This brings us to the next “Keller,” a man by the name of Florian Fauth, who is coincidentally brother-in-law to Keller. Florian of Seehof is comfortable in his own skin, his wines sharing the same sentiments. His Rieslings are clean pure examples of what can be done when grown in limestone soils, showcasing the rich marbly texture, contrasted by energetic acidity. To counter this excellent quality, the prices are gosh darn hard to beat, particularly for this competitively priced “basic” estate Riesling.
Pattes Loup, Chablis "Vent d'Ange" 2018Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Pattes Loup means “wolf’s paw” and is the name of the estate of one of the most exciting winemakers to come out of Chablis. Thomas Pico started his estate in Chablis in 2005 inherited from his family. Up until this point, they had been making good Chablis, but nothing with personality or vigor. Fortunately Thomas’ grandfather planted vines on the sides of several steep hillsides, some up to 300 feet in elevation. Thomas decided to go against the wishes of his father, turning the estate into organic farming and utilizing lower yield control, ultimately going for quality over quantity. For such a young winemaker, Thomas is wise beyond his years.
This is a Chablis from an iconic producer that deserves more than its general Chablis designation allows. These vines were planted in 1951, making them almost 70 years in age. The wine is fermented and aged in both concrete and stainless; no oak! Vent d’Ange means wind of the angel.
Envinate, Migan Tinto 2018Regular price $53.00 Save $-53.00
Variety: Listan Negro
Envínate (Wine Yourself) has turned into a unicorn winery, producing wines people talk and read about but never can find or buy. The gang of four friends behind these bottles met while studying enology in Alicante, Spain. After graduating, they formed a wine consulting business to find lost, old vineyards and indigenous grapes and start producing wines from these sites and grapes. The aim has been no chemicals, handwork, and indigenous yeast only. The end product has been incredible and the sommelier world has latched on. Now the wines are in high demand but very little is produced.
This bottling of Migan is coming from vines that have been braided on the Canary Islands at 600m above the sea. They are incredible with full-flavored seafood or roasted meats, but the personality of the insane volcanic soil is what sets them apart on the world stage.
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.
Chantal Lescure, Volnay 2017Regular price $68.00 Save $-68.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Chantal Lescure was begun in 1975 by Chantal and her husband Xavier. They claimed 18 hectares of land strewn throughout across Chambolle-Musigny in the Cote de Nuits and the Volnay in Cote de Beaune. Today their two sons coordinate the running of the estate. The Domaine takes organic farming very seriously, as they have been practicing full organics since 2000; they're even certified by Ecocert.
This Volnay comes from 50+ year old vines. It spends 18 months in barrel, some of it new. This drinks well now in its youth, though could definitely use more cellar time. Decant prior to drinking to allow this beauty to open up.
Domaine Paul Pillot, Santenay Vieilles Vignes 2018Regular price $53.00 Save $-53.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Thierry Pillot is the fourth generation of the Pillot legacy in the legendary Côtes de Beaune of southern Burgundy. Even though the domain began with Thierry’s great grandfather—Jean-Baptist —the domain was named after Paul Pillot—Thierry’s father. Jean-Baptiste was a barrel maker by trade and began focusing on his vines full time in 1900; the estate was born then. Today the estate is run by the energetic Thierry, who spends most of his time in the vineyards, but is a non-interventionist in the cellar with discreet usage of new wood. The family are artists in the cellar when it comes to oak usage; it is very well integrated into the wines. Thierry is one of the finest winemakers in the Côtes de Beaune; if one should come across any of his bottles, don’t hesitate to snatch them up.
Perhaps Hart and Cru’s favorite of the Bourgogne Rouge lineup. This Bourgogne Rouge comes from 40+ year old vines from the Chassagne side of Santenay.
Alberto Nanclares, Prieto Rias Baixas "Soverribas" Albarino 2018Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
If you were ever hoping for a story of an accidental winemaker, hang tight. Alberto Nanclares and his wife uprooted from their home in the Basque country to the ocean side village of Castrelo. The small home they purchased incidentally came with some vineyards. While Alberto initially had no plans to make wine, the thought of farming nagged at him, and so, a winemaker was born. He invested in winemaking tools, eventually setting up shop in his garage. Conventional farming then turned into organic and biodynamic, an impressive feat for a region prone to viticultural difficulties, even using seaweed from the nearby Atlantic for composting. Alberto is making incredible grower Albariño, as well as Garnacha, Mencia, and other local varieties at incredible value.
Stephane Ogier, Condrieu Malleval 2016Regular price $90.00 Save $-90.00
Stephane Ogier is becoming the face of the Northern Rhone Valley. The Rhone region is quite expansive though, so It’s important to know where in the Rhone we’re speaking for multiple reasons. In the north are grape varieties and styles of winemaking not done in the southern area. The Rhone Valley follows the Rhone River from north to south, not unlike Burgundy. The Ogier family has been based in the slopes of Ampuis in the Cote Rotie appellation for seven generations now. With experience from his time in Burgundy, Stephane has utilized some of this in his practices; he vinifies the plots separately, aiming to bring out the most in their potential. He has since taken over for his father Michel bringing a sense of energy to the domain. He has brought forth his own style and broadened the holdings of the vineyards. Keep an eye out for these wines; they’re ideal bottles for cellaring.
This wine is classic Condrieu made with the Viognier variety. It comes from two different localities in Condrieu. The vineyard age is about 25 years in age from steep terraced slopes full of granite.
Subliminal, White Wine Santa Ynez Valley 2019Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon
Amplify’s Subliminal White has alot to say. After the Porters toyed with the idea of a counterpart to their Subliminal Red, they seized the opportunity to make a Bordeaux-style blanc. Coming from a single vineyard in Santa Ynez of 41-year-old vines, the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon are grown together there. From here, this wine becomes centered on its winemaking. The Sauvignon Blanc, known for being acidic and citrus-forward, undergoes malolactic fermentation to bring out its richer textures and aromatics. The Semillon variety is harvested earlier to retain its underripe tones and mineral intensity, bringing balance to the blend. The wine is aged for nine months in neutral wood. It’s a special ode to producers of Sancerre and Bordeaux, but unmistakably amplifies the voice of southern California.
Domaine Georges Lignier et Fils, Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 2018Regular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
Variety: Pinot Noir and Gamay
Neal Rosenthal wine merchant has had the Lignier name under his portfolio wing for over thirty years, by way of Hubert Lignier, Georges’ cousin. Georges and Hubert both have vineyards in the Morey-Saint-Denis appellation, though this is where their similarities begin and end. Hubert chooses a bold and structured style for his Burgundy while Georges goes for delicate and seductive. The domain is now led by Georges’ nephew, Benoit, who worked under his uncle for an entire decade before gaining control of the vines or cellar in 2008. Benoit’s approach is very much traditional; he aims for aromatic concentration over color or structure. His usage of barrel aging is a timeless example of Burgundy tradition; older barrels are used for the Villages level wines while some new oak is used for the crus. The domain has seriously substantial plots throughout Burgundy with the average age of the vines about fifty years old.
Evening Land, Seven Springs Chenin Blanc 2018Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Seven Springs Vineyard is historic by Oregon’s standards; the vines were planted in 1984 over layers of volcanic ash. Evening Land’s story begins with the teaming of celebrated wine writer and somm Rajat Paar with his viticulturist friend, Sashi Moorman. These two incredible minds have dreamed up something of a fantasy in the Seven Springs Vineyard of Eola-Amity Hills. Here the vineyard is surrounded by Douglas Fir trees with the Cascades dotting the horizon. Seven Springs is eastern facing, allowing for plenty of sunlight during the day, though winds from the Van Duzer Corridor conveniently keeps the vines cool. Though Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are flagships of the winery, Raj and Sashi continue to experiment with Old World varieties like Dolcetto, Riesling, and Gamay.
Altar Uco, Edad Moderna Blend Tupungato 2018Regular price $24.00 Save $-24.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec
Juan Pablo Michelini is the face behind Altar Uco. His family’s winery, Zorzal, was begun by him and his brothers in 2007 where Juan Pablo is head winemaker. Altar Uco is his latest endeavor, furthering his fresh perspective on the potential of wine in the Uco Valley. The mentality is to produce “quiet wines,” wines requiring as little human intervention as possible. Within Altar Uco are two series, “Edad Moderna” and “Edad Media,” Modern Age and Middle Age respectively. Edad Moderna are terroir-driven wines, but defined by their shorter time in the winery, reinstating his theory of little intervention. The “Edad Moderna” blend undergoes partial whole-cluster fermentation and aged in cement to retain purity of fruit. This bottle is one of just 6000 bottles!