La Collina, Lunaris SeccoRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
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.
Founder of La Collina, Enea, managed to make a dry wine that’s biodynamically farmed, more aromatic than the nearby Prosecco wine, and still delivers quality way above its price point. This is a dry, aka “Secco” sparkling Malvasia. Enea uses frozen grape must to help kickstart the fermentation naturally, and boost the aromatics of the resulting wine. Drink by itself or with charcuterie!
Patrick Lambert, Chinon "Gourmandise" 2021Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
In the appellation of Chinon in the Central Loire Valley lies the humble village of Cravant les Coteaux. It is theorized that the “Cru” vineyards of the appellation dwell here. This is where Patrick Lambert farms some of the area's most exciting wines rivaling the more well-known names like Baudry and Pallus. Originally belonging to his grandfather, Patrick took over this estate in 1990. As is often the case for the new generation, he began making the kind of wine that he wanted to. This started with reducing the size of the estate to the best plots so he might focus on quality over quantity. He reduced yields and converted to organic farming. Certification for organic farming came in 2014. His vines range from 19-60 years in age. Everything is hand harvested.
Gourmandise is French for “gluttony,” perhaps referring to the feeling of glutton one might feel after imbibing in a lot of this fresh and fun Cabernet Franc. The vines used are about 20 years in age making for a more intensely fruity wine. The grapes are completely destemmed, giving the wine more perfume and more juiciness. To stay in pursuit of freshness, the bottle is fermented and aged in lined tanks underground in Patrick’s cellar.
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Cuvee Sainte Agnes Rouge 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
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.
Blended together are the classic varieties of the Languedoc: Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre from 40-50 year old vines. Ageing takes place in barrels over one year, 10-20% of which is new. This bottle is one with enormous ageing potential.
Fratelli Alessandria, Barbera d'Alba 2021Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Fratelli Alessandria is one of the stars of Verduno. The Alessandria family – owner Gian Battista, his wife Flavia, brother Alessandro, and son Vittore – lovingly produce a robust range of Piedmont specialty wines from start to finish. The farmer of the group, Gian’s philosophy is “the best wine comes from a great vineyard.” Located in the town of Verduno, in the commune of Barolo, the property has operated as a winery since the early 19th century. The wines were winning prizes as early as 1843. The original Alessandria brothers (fratelli) purchased the property in 1870. There is a deep understanding of how to work the vines in the marl soils they call “Sant’Agata,” a mixture of silt, limestone and sand. The Alessandria family first released their wine in 1978. Their style has always been classic, along with the grapes of the region; they never shifted towards a modernist hand.
Barbera, the fruitier and more approachable variety of the region, comes from the commune of Verduno. This spends 5-7 months in steel or cement vats, then 1-2 months in bottle.