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Matthiasson, Rose 2022Regular 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.
La Collina, Rosa LunaRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Lambrusco Salamino
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.
This is a traditional pure expression of Lambrusco without the cloying sweetness. Enea uses frozen grape must to help kickstart the fermentation naturally, and boost the aromatics of the resulting wine. While this Lambrusco is definitely tart and fruity, the acidity and bubbles will stand up to charcuterie and pizza effortlessly.
Laherte Freres, Extra Brut Rose de Meunier Champagne NVRegular price $65.00 Save $-65.00
Variety: Pinot Meunier
The Laherte brothers, Thierry and Christian, are sixth generation winemakers in the Valle de la Marne of Champagne. Aurelien Laherte represents the seventh generation and has been taking the winery to a new dimension, while still following in the footsteps of his family. They have 75 different plots across Epernay, Vallée de la Marne, and the Cotes des Blancs. The mantra with the family is to let the terroir speak for itself with a deep respect for tradition, heritage, and land. Each example of Laherte Fréres is more stunning than the last. The Laherte family, with Aurélien at the helm, have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most compelling and revolutionary producers in Champagne.
This rosé Champagne is produced exclusively from the family’s 30-year-old Pinot Meunier vines. The blend brings together Meunier made into white and red wine, then blended. It is rich and focused. As Antoni Galloni says, "In a word: magical."
L'Archetipo, Salento Brut Susumante Millesimato Rosato 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Since the 80’s Francesco Valentino began to convert his land to organic farming, but he came to find he wanted more from the vitality of his vineyards. In 2000 he implemented biodynamic farming. These practices are thanks to his studies on Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist/thinker who touched on endless fields of human endeavor, including biodynamic farming. After a few years of biodynamics, he realized there was still something further to be done. Francesco studied the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer/philosopher known as the father of modern day natural farming. At long last he implemented sustainable agriculture, in which all synergies in his vineyard ecosystem were linked: the Synergistic Agriculture, a balanced ecosystem.
Made from the Pugliese native grape susumaniello. Often used as a blending grape, it takes form in this monovarietal bottle of bubbles as a zingy, zesty watermelon-y refresher, with just a kick of RS to balance the acid. 36 hour skin maceration makes for a pop of color. Aged on lees in steel tanks, it walks the line between playful and elegant. Like all of the Dibendetto family’s wine, this one is unfiltered with very little SO2 added at bottling. First released in 2019, it’s already a crowd pleaser.
Alfredo Maestro, Amanda Rosado 2020Regular price $33.00 Save $-33.00
Variety: Garnache Tintorerea
Alfredo Maestro’s family came to Peñafiel from the Basque Country. Having grown up amongst the vines, he had a great interest in wine and started making his own from an early age. From the beginning, he farmed organically, yet in the cellar he worked literally by the book, teaching himself enology from a textbook, using all the tricks to make a “correct” wine of Ribera del Duero. He would use cultured yeasts, tannins, color enhancers, etc. It took some time, but Alfredo eventually had a revelation—as an organic farmer, why would he use chemicals to adjust the finished wine? It made the most sense for his cellar work to match the integrity which he used in the vineyard—so he did just that. He began eliminating unnecessary products and additives. By 2003 he was making wine without additives whatsoever, including sulfur.
This style of rose actually means “teardrop pink” in Spanish. The fruit comes from high elevation vineyards in the Ribero del Duero area of Castilla y Leon. The majority of the grapes come from old vineyards planted in calcareous-clay soils.The fruit is completely destemmed and does not undergo any maceration on the skins. The ageing process is completed between both stainless steel and used French oak.
Francois Chidaine, Touraine Rose 2022Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Grolleau, Gamay, and Pinot Noir
Francois and Manuéla are a husband and wife operation based in both Montlouis and Vouvray located in the central Loire Valley. In a region that produced bulk wine for years, particularly after WWII, the Chidaine duo brought an emphasis to wines of quality and regenerative farming; they also look to natural winemaking. One of their largest goals is to look to the future, “an effort to save the world.” Chidaine’s household wines are varying styles of Chenin Blanc from dry to off-dry to sparkling. Their inspired lineup includes classic reds and whites from the Loire made into vibrant, juicy styles ranging in price points. Their momentum only continues as they seek to better the world around them.
This rosé is made into a vibrant style from equal parts of Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Grolleau. The fruit all comes from their estate vineyards which are biodynamically farmed. The juice is completed entirely in stainless steel to keep this wine fresh. Only 550 cases of this wine are made annually.
Athenais, Amphore Pinot Gris Rose 2019Regular price $50.00 Save $-50.00
Variety: Pinot Gris
Athénaïs of Chateau de Beru is one of the most discussed producers in Burgundy today. Coming from a domain with 400 years in the making, she leads the current generation of this property. The chateau has certainly experienced its ups and downs. As phylloxera devastated the family’s vines, new ones were not planted for almost 100 years. The fruit was sold to other Chablis co-ops up until 2004 when the death of Athena’s father happened. She traveled back to the domaine to assist her mother, Laurence. It was then that she began incorporating all sorts of changes. The family began bottling their wine, converted agriculture over to biodynamic, and opted to intervene minimally in the winemaking. The reputation is only improving and Beru has become known for their Chablis wines. ‘Athenais’ is the name of her negociant project, though still intertwined with the family domain.
This bottle is a truly progressive style coming from the region of Chablis, which is anything but progressive. The Pinot Gris, which yields a naturally rosy hue, is left on its skins for one month. The aging is completed between old oak and twelve months in amphora clay. There is no added sulfur.
Ilarria Irouleguy Rose 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Tannat and Cabernet Franc
Domaine Ilarria, whose name derives from Iri (site) larria (land) in the local Euskara (an ancient language spoken exclusively in this region), takes respect for terroir to the next level. Isolated from the rest of the world by the Pyrenees mountains. Peio inherited the land from his parents who inherited it from their vigneron parents, and has winemaking in his blood. Before taking over the family estate in 1988, winemaker Peio Espil did stints in Bordeaux and Jurancon, but could not stay away from the Irouleguy region for long. Upon his return, he painstakingly terraced the limestone rich hills in order to better make use of the steep terrain.
This rose has some weight and is often compared to other roses from the south of France, like the world famous style of Tavel. Eric Asimov of the New York Times often calls out this bottle for both its value and its versatility.