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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.
Girolamo Russo, Etna Rosato 2021Regular 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.
This is made entirely from Sicily’s main red variety, Nerello Mascalese. It is made from mostly young vines jout of the San Lorenzo Contrada, which are perfect for this fresh rose. To retain its freshness, it is aged completely in stainless steel.
Montenidoli, Toscana Canaiolo Rosato 2022Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
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.
Proprieta Sperino, Rosato 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Nebbiolo and Vespolina
Stated as “a courageous wine growing archaeology project, that speaks of passion. Proprieta Sperino is the realization of a dream: to restore the important tradition of Lessona wines by recovering the historic cellars to produce a wine with the greatest respect for local tradition.” This is the undertaking of famed winemaker, Paolo di Marchi, a pursuit that defines the second portion of his wine career. Paolo gained recognition at his Tuscan property, Isole e Olena, and now he wants to revive the Northern Piemonte site that has been in his family for years. This project was started in 1999 and now Paolo, with his son Luca, are producing classic wines from these incredible vineyards, which have a history dating back to the early 1800’s. It is exciting to see work going back into the region to make it great again.
The Nebbiolo and Vespolina come from vineyards across Bramaterra and Lessona and DOC’s. The soils there are rich, full of minerals. The juice macerates with their skins for just 12 hours and then the wine stays on their lees for three months. It is further aged in bottle before release. This is a rare style of rose that can age. It is complex and quaffable, hinting at layers of floral and minerality in the class.
Ermitage du Pic St. Loup, Rose 2021Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Syrah, Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault
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.
This is the classic trio of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre blended with Cinsault from vines 10-50 years in age. The rose is pressed directly bringing out the beautiful coral tones of the fruit. This can be drunk immediately, though would do very well to revisit after a year in the cellar.
Presqu'ile Winery, Rose Santa Maria County 2022Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
According to Matt Murphy, co-founder, and president of Presqui’le winery, the greatest wineries are multigenerational family endeavors. In fact, the family is very close and loves doing things together, including his sister Anna, the enologist. Anna and Matt both grew up around the family’s farm in Louisiana, which was the forerunner for their interest in winemaking. Dieter Cronje, winemaker for Presqu’ile, has quite the prestigious resumé. While on a mission to gain a more global perspective, he did an exchange program with the University of Bordeaux and traveled extensively through Burgundy and Champagne in order gain more understanding of Pinot Noir. After working with Matt Murphy at the Ambullneo winery and sharing many late-night bottles of Burgundy, they realized they worked well together. Matt then decided that Dieter would be a great fit as winemaker for Presqu’ile.