4 Monos, Vinos de Madrid Tinto 2017Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Garnacha, Carignan, Morenillo (
4 Monos means “4 monkeys” and refers to four friends and lovers of wine native to the region of Madrid. This “gang of four” assembled in an extraordinary manner, while hiking in the Gredos mountains. This is a landscape that is a meeting of Mediterranean and Alpine; the region is often deemed magical for its beauty and diversity. The 4 Monos, with various backgrounds, have a unified mentality: organic wine practice, minimalism in the cellar, a focus on the land and variances in terroir. While the friends only founded 4 Monos in 2009, they are bringing the potential of the Gredos terroir to the world’s attention.
Agnes Paquet, Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Making a name for yourself in the wine world is hard no matter where you are based, but being located in Burgundy makes this nearly impossible without a famed family name to back you. Agnes did not have this. What she does have is hard work and a belief in what she is doing. To make things even more challenging, Pinot Noir is one of the most difficult grapes to grow, and the last few years the weather has been insanely unfair to the growers of Burgundy. Agnes, year after year, makes elegant and delicate wines with a real sense of place. The wines drink exactly as they should for the level of designation and village they represent. She also makes excellent Burgundy Chardonnay, Cremant de Bourgogne, and several Pet-Nats.
Artemis Karamolegos, Feredini Assyrtiko 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
The Artemis Karamolegos Winery started in 1952 by the grandfather Artemis, the winery did not enter contemporary winemaking until 2004 when grandson (also Artemis) invested in the production facility and privately owned vineyards. They produced wines of protected designation of origin (PDO), the AOC equivalent, for the first time. They implement a deep respect for Santorini’s winemaking traditions with a modern outlook. This family is a fascinating portal into Santorini wines if you’ve not yet explored.
Bodegas y Vinedos Raul Perez, Ultreia Saint Jacques Bierzo 2017Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Celler De Le Aus, Tallarol Alella 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Pansa Blanca
Quickly becoming a favorite of Hart & Cru, this family run winery out of Barcelona is making approachable, honest wines with a touch of wit. The family behind Alta Alella has spent their entire life dedicated to wine; that would be husband and wife Josef and Cristina with their two daughters. They have always been surrounded by vineyards and bottles; so it is only natural! There is a complete commitment to nature, yet desire to keep with trends. The family enjoys a little wit with their branding as well. Though the winery is young, the family continually push themselves to learn new things with each vintage.
Centopassi, Giato 2017Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Grillo, Cataratto
You don’t hear much about the Sicilian mafia these days, except maybe in the movies. One reason is that the Sicilian Libera Terra social co-operative seized a large collection of vineyard properties in the Upper Belice Corleonese (western Sicily) and named the winemaking entity Centopassi (“one hundred steps”). Because of its limestone base, ample sunshine, and exposure to Mediterranean breezes, this beautiful winegrowing region is particularly well suited for high quality wine produc-tion. “Giato” is the name of the old district surrounding an ancient Greek theater on top of Mount Jato.
L'Archetipo, Salento Fiano 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Fiano ( Orange Wine )
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.
Maris, Coteaux de Peyriac Le Carignan de Maris 2017Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Chateau Maris is the first European vineyard to obtain B Corporation® certification, a label recognized by the UN and the European Commission. B Corporation® certification promotes companies that transform their business into a virtuous force for good: good for workers, good for communities and good for the environment.
Our goal has always been to produce quality wines by adopting practices that respect not only nature, but also the men and women with whom we work.
We are committed to inspiring other wineries and companies to adopt sustainable agricultural practices and socially responsible corporate policies. For more than 20 years, we have been the architects of sustainable viticulture that takes care of the life around us, and places Nature in the hearts of Man and Man at the heart of Nature. We firmly believe it is possible to produce quality wines while respecting the vine. Today, we are happy to preserve the beauty and richness of our land, out of respect for it, for our work, for our customers, and for our children. Through our high standards, we produce sustainable wines, which are as good as they are attractive and organic.
This a traditionally made, low yielding Carignan certified Organic by Ecocert blended with 20% Certified Demeter/Biodyvins Grenache that is so good, you’ll want to take a bath in it. It is as fresh and juicy as the ripest strawberry and it will make you want to skip and hop.
Meinklang, Fusion 2017Regular price $18.00 Save $-18.00
Variety: Topaz Apples and Grüner Veltliner
Meinklang has taken the wine world by storm in the last few years due to the family's passion for making diverse products from the estate. Farming is at the core, with full bio-dynamic practices in place. The family has a full herd of Angus and Aubrac cattle, plus sheep. The farm believes in a full circle of life within the vineyards and farmland. The family has even achieved Demeter certification, one of the most difficult biodynamic certifications. The estate is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of National Park Neusiedlersee in Austria, just on the border of Hungary. The insane number of different wine labels produced shows the passion for creating wine with character and personality, with over 20 labels in production.
Monte Bernardi, Chianti Classico Fiasco 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Even though the estate Monte Bernardi dates back to 1085 in the region of Panzano in Tuscany, Michael Schmelzer and family purchased the estate in 2003 and have been making beautiful Sangiovese-based wines and olive oil ever since. The “Fiasco” bottling is unique at present, though in the past, it was the standard bottling. But why call the style of bottle a “fiasco” anyway and why did these wicker basket fall out of style? Post World War II, the economy was prospering and wages of the skilled workers who made the baskets rose so that it was more expensive to make the basket and bottle than the actual wine inside. It also turns out Italians were worried about their wine coming off as simple county wine, so back to sleek bottles it went. As for the meaning, “fiasco” comes from the same origin as the English word “flask.” The term “fare fiasco” means to “make a bottle.” As for the English figurative meaning of fiasco (failing), it is unknown where this came from.
Monte Bernardi, Chianti Classico Retromarcia 2017Regular 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. This bottling is produced from vines over 40 years old and grown in some of the prized sites on the property. However in this vintage, the Chianti overlords refused to grant the wine Riserva due to the color not being dark enough (which other producers achieve by manipulating their wines). This, to us at Hart & Cru, is one of the problems with the wine world. It is not always just about how delicious the wine tastes. The corporate wineries in the region can make things very difficult, even especially when the wine can win without question in a double blind, blindfolded, tasting. Which, in our world is normally the case with Monte Bernardi wines.
My Essential, Cabernet Sauvignon 2015Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Nada Fiorenzo Dolcetto d'Alba 2017Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
The Wine Advocate talks about Nada Florenzo as “one of those iconic, ‘legacy’ wineries in Barbaresco that has won too many Gambero Rosso Three Glass awards and scored 90+ in Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator too many times to count.” I think this is pretty spectacular as the estate’s vineyard holdings are not very large and only a little wine is produced. The family is based in the commune of Treiso and was founded in the 1960’s. Nada Florenzo first got serious recognition in 1987 when Slow Wine took notice of the quality that was produced. This Dolcetto is coming from a single Cru named “Rombone,” which is famous locally. This special vineyard is truly the heart of the estate, serving as the site for the winery, the family house and their personal cellar.
No Fine Print, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Self-described disruptors, the founders of No Fine Print manage bands for a living. And we don’t mean the kind of band you were in when you were a kid and made your mom crazy banging drums and twanging base in your garage. Co-founder Pat Corcoran helped put Chance The Rapper on the map. Music industry pal and co-founder Tim Smith has managed multiple platinum artists for nearly two decades including Skrillex and BloodPop. Keen to leverage their creative branding expertise from music into wine, they teamed up with sommelier Ryan Arnold (Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants, Chicago) to apply Ryan’s diverse wine industry background into a clever – and irreverent? – new brand. Crush it. You will be grabbing one glass after another.