Railsback Freres, Rose "Les Rascasses" Santa Ynez Valley 2020Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Variety: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre
Inspired by the famed Provence Rosé made by Domaine Tempier.
The story of two brothers: even while still in high school, Eric was already collecting bottles of prized top dollar Burgundy and Chablis, hiding them under his bed when he started college. Lyle’s quest for knowledge landed him in Austria where he met one of his most important friends in the industry, sommelier Rajat Parr. After a decade of restaurant work, Eric returned to Santa Barbara to start his own project, Lieu Dit, inspired by the Loire. Older brother Lyle had also worn many hats in the industry, ultimately landing a job for one of the most esteemed importers Kermit Lynch, leading regional sales. After leading separate lives for some time, the brothers both felt a calling to merge their two paths, which is how Railsback Frères came to be born.
Matthiasson, Rose 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Counoise
Steve Matthiasson is a California pioneer. Daring to break Napa tradition, Steve and his wife Jill have planted rare, ancient Italian grapes though recognize that Napa loves all the well-known international grapes. A Matthiasson tasting experience, laid out on the picnic table that separates their home from the winemaking operation (with their dog and at least one son stopping by!) shows instantly how the couple reveres the place they farm together. This is real California wine and Matthiasson’s wines are where California wine is headed. Steve Matthiasson is a six-time nominee for a James Beard award, a serious achievement in the wine industry. He has also been named “Winemaker of the Year” by both Food & Wine Magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. Steve and Jill are long time friends and mentors to Hart & Cru.
This Rhone-inspired blend comes from two organic vineyards in Dunnigan Hills and Napa Valley. The fruit is grown exclusively for this rose and harvested early just as it would for a sparkling wine to retain all its glorious acidity. Everything about this wine is intentionally done in a fresh style which lends itself perfectly to all manner of spring vegetables and summer porch sipping.
Montenidoli, Toscana Canaiuolo Rosato 2020Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
The estate is located just outside of the famed tower city of San Gimignano on the western border of the Chianti zone in Tuscany. The estate dates back to Roman times and there are stories of the Knights Templar using the property for meetings and ceremonies. Elisabetta and her husband bought the property in the ‘60’s and brought it back to life from its abandoned state. The couples’ profound respect for the land has always been the focus. Farming sustainably and respecting what nature gives them every vintage. Elisabetta's soul is caring and driven. She is a hard worker, and her mission is to leave this small place on earth better than the way she found it. She still travels the world pouring her wines telling stories.
The Canaiuolo rosato is named for the variety of the same name, noted for its importance of the wines in Chianti. Elisabetta held the rosé back to release it once it had an extra year to come together to her vision. She calls it a transgender, a balance of two identities. It has the gentleness of a white, but the strength of a red; the perfect wine.
Michel Vattan, Sancerre O.P. 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Starting out very small with just 2 hectares of vines in 1930, Roger and Andrée Vattan staked an early claim to some of the most special territory in Sancerre. As the names of their bottles go, they're named after the soil types. The O.P refers to grapes that were grown on Oxfordian limestone soils and Portlandian soils. Their son, Michel, jumped on the expansion wagon that occurred in Sancerre in the 1970s, adding 7 hectares to the vineyard total. With no heir in sight, Michel groomed Nathalie and Pascal Joulin to take over the vineyard at his retirement in 2008. Winegrowers in Sancerre weathered a difficult spring frost in 2017, losing about 15-20% of total potential production. The balance of the vintage was blessed with enough sunshine and water to counterbalance the early growing season challenges
Michel Vattan, Sancerre Rose 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Michel Vattan is one of the best examples of how a winemaker can begin with next to nothing, grow slowly, and age well over time. He grows mostly Sauvignon Blanc for which Sancerre is famous, though Sancerre does produce a little Pinot Noir which is often made into a fresh dry rosé.
The Sancerre Rosé is made completely from Pinot Noir. It is made in the direct press method which allows the wine to have similar freshness to the classic Sancerre, but retain the aromatics of Pinot Noir. Even though Pinot Noir is typically a later ripening grape, Vattan actually harvests earlier to retain freshness in the wine.
Venica & Venica, Sauvignon Ronco del Cero 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Daniele Venica purchased the plot Ronco del Ceró where he first planted Sauvignon in 1930. Three generations later, great grandson Giampaolo has taken over the estate, a true testimony to the tradition of keeping winemaking in the family. Venica now has 40 hectares all within the DOC—Denomination of Controlled Origin—of Collio. Sons Gianni (agronomist), Giorgio (cellar master), and grandson Giampaolo oversee operations supplemented by help from several family members. They believe their traditions must be enhanced through continuous research and innovation, but a relationship with nature is of utmost importance.
“Cerò” is the name of the village where Daniele Venica of the first generation purchased the family’s country house in the hills of Collio. “Ronca del Cero” represents the family’s origins which has carried over through four generations. This sees a modest amount of skin contact for 18-20 hours. A small part of the juice ages on the lees in small barrels while the rest of the wine is aged in stainless steel. This wine over delivers as a food pairing, making an excellent companion to ham, as well as asparagus, and vegetable creams.