Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, Rosé de Pinot Noir 2019Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey, or as us wine geeks know it, PYCM, is a producer we scour the earth for every release. This is not only one of the top Domaines in Chassagne, but one of the greatest winemakers in the world. Pierre works with large demi-muids barrels and focuses on the flavors of fruit and place rather than barrel. The wines are mineral-driven with an incredible focus of purity.
This Rosé is incredibly rare, with only 600 cases produced and sells out fast. The fruit is from the Hautes Cotes de Beaune, with vine ages around 55 years and unfined/unfiltered.
Girolamo Russo, Rose 2018Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Giuseppe Russo left his native Sicily for a time, trained as a pianist and music teacher, and studied literature. But when his father, Girolamo, died, Giuseppe returned in 2005 to make “the best wines (I) can in this exceptional, often challenging but uniquely beautiful area.” Although the Russo family calls the area in and around Passopisciaro home, it is an interesting and dynamic place that is attracting winemakers from the all over the world. The Russos have 26 hectares of land, 15 planted to vineyards and the rest to olives and hazelnut groves. Their vineyards are on the north face of Europe’s largest active volcano, Mount Etna, in the north-eastern corner of Sicily.
Monte Bernardi, Rose 2018Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Monte Bernardi is one of Hart & Cru’s go-to Tuscany producers for many reasons. We just love Michael Schmelzer, owner, and winemaker. He is dedicated, hard-working, and cares about proper farming without putting junk in your wine, and overall, his wines are delicious.
Corzano e Paterno, Rose 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Wendel Gelpke, a Swiss architect, fell madly in love with these romantic hillsides. The Corzano property was purchased back in 1969, and then the neighboring property of Paterno in 1974. These hillsides are separated from the Chianti Classico subzone by the Via Cassia, a road that runs parallel to the river Pisa. Farming here has always been organic and her Sardinian sheep herd roams the rows to naturally fertilize the vines; talk about sustainability. As is classic for the area, the properties produce mainly Sangiovese. Wendel and the family own and operate the winery, and keep very occupied by making their own cheese and olive oil.
Nicolas Gonin, Rose 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Mondeuse, Pinot Noir, Gamay
Isère is a lesser-known area of the Savoie region of France, yields. south of Jura and west of the Alps. Before phylloxera ravaged France in the late 1880s, Isère boasted a whopping amount of vines. The region was then planted with hybrids, and due to lack of organization to form an AOC in WWII, viticulture practically disappeared. In enters Nicolas Gonin; after having worked for Domaine Tempier in Bandol, he found himself researching ampelography during his enological studies. Curiosity led to Nicolas spending time between both his Domaine and nursery where he traces the lineage of ancient grapes while trying to bring back the lost varieties of his region.
Le Fraghe, Bardolino Chiaretto Rosato' Rodon' 2019Regular price $19.00 Save $-19.00
Variety: Corvina, Rondinella
As a young girl, Matilde Poggi, grew up around winemaking and hearing her parents talk about it. During October, she would go straight from school to the vineyards to help with the harvest. Her first harvest was in 1984, prior to that, the grapes were sold to another winery. Matilde is passionate about the surrounding terroir of valleys, rivers, winds from the north, and the mountainous areas that makes her wines uniquely their own. Her 3 daughters now help her run the winery. They have been certified organic since 2009.
My Essential Wine Co., Rose 2018Regular price $17.00 Save $-17.00
Variety: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Founded by Master Sommelier Richard Betts in 2013, My Essential Wine Co. set out to create a line-up of approachable, yet refined and commendable wines for the everyday consumer. Richard believes that “wine is a grocery, not a luxury”. This philosophy can be felt in his wines, on the pallet and in your wallet. Richard has partnered with estates in Southern France and California to create wines with purpose and a sense of place at an incredibly approachable price point.
G.D. Vajra, Rosabella 2019Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir
The Vajra story is something quite magical. The family is not from noble descendants but is a family of hard-working, passionate, caring people. Their focus is on building something for their children, caring about the community, and cementing the stories of the regions’ past.
The G.D. Vajra winery was created in 1972 by Aldo and Milena Vaira, initially from vineyards planted by Aldo’s father in 1947. The winery was named for Aldo’s father, Giuseppe Domenico Vaira, because at the time Aldo was not old enough to establish the winery in his own name. The spelling of the family name (Vaira) is different from the label (Vajra) for this reason: in 1918 the “j” was eliminated from most Italian words, so the Vaira family changed their spelling. However, the design of the wine label looked like a “j” so they kept the original spelling for the winery. Today the family has 40 hectares under vine in Barolo and other surrounding appellations. Their prized holdings in Bricco delle Viole were planted in 1949 by Aldo’s grandfather. Milena and Aldo’s three children – Giuseppe, Francesca, and Isidoro – are all involved in the family winery operation situated in the village of Vergne.
Matthiasson, Rose 2019Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Syrah, Gernache, Mourvedre, Counoise
As you pull up to the farmhouse that partially collapsed during the Napa earthquake of August 2014, you begin to grasp the humility of Steve and Jill Matthiasson. Despite recent, fawning attention from the wine press, they remain excessively down-to-earth, content to be perceived as hardworking farmers. There is no grandiose driveway, no splashy tasting room, no assistants to personal assistants. As you drive down the road, you’ll be greeted by them, possibly even their black Labrador retriever. But don’t underestimate these incredibly well made wines crafted solely to the family’s personal tastes. In fact, the family was virtually unknown until they made a cameo appearance in the wine documentary, Somm II. Since then, their wines have achieved cult status among insiders.
Salvard, Rose Cheverny 2019Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Five hardworking generations of the Delaille family have been working at Domaine du Salvard since 1898. The Domaine is located in the Cheverny appellation of the Loire River Valley, regionally adjacent to Vouvray and Sancerre. Gamay and Cabernet Franc are the focals for the fruity red and rosé wines of Salvard. Two brothers and their father manage the domaine, carrying on traditions established by their ancestors. They have introduced sustainable farming practices into the heritage of the vineyards. Importer Kermit Lynch was the first to discover the charm and value of Cheverny back in 1978. He took on Domaine du Salvard in 1992, a year before Cheverny was promoted to AOC wine law status. As always, Kermit is ahead of the curve.