Clos Figueras, Priorat "Serras del Priorat" 2020Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Garnacha, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
The year was 1997. A world-renowned winemaker had just shown Christopher Cannan and his wife, Charlotte, an abandoned vineyard just north of the Gratallops called “Figueres.” That same day, the entire Cannan family piled into their car and followed the winemaker, post-haste, to Barcelona. At a simple café, the Cannan’s purchased the 100-hectare estate. Initially, the terrain of the previously abandoned vineyards had to be prepared for planting. (A nearby grove of century-old olive trees needed to be re-worked as well.) Both undertakings were just the beginning of what would become the Cannan family’s quest. They traveled extensively in their spare time to work under some of the best winemakers in the world. Today, their combination of passion for the property and skill in the cellar sets these wines above the rest.
The Serras del Priorat is a younger expression of the Priorat style with a fresh fruitness; the wine is ready to drink, though has age potential for another ten years. This is a fine introduction to Priorat and the rest of Christopher Cannan’s wines.
Railsback Freres, Rose 'Les Rascasses' Santa Ynez Valley 2021Regular price $29.00 Save $-29.00
Variety: Mourvedre, Grenache, and Cinsault
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.
There’s no beating around the bush with the intention of this rosé. It’s inspired by the famed Provence Rosé made by Lulu Peyraud of Domaine Tempier. With her passing at the age of 102 in 2020, this style of rosé will continue to stand the test of time. “Les Rascasses” means scorpion fish and is an homage to the fish that Lulu would include in her provincial Bouillabaisse fish stew.
Julian Haart, Riesling 1000L, Mosel Germany 2021Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Julian Haart only began his first vintage in 2010, only after studying under a couple of some of the greatest winemakers in Germany, Egon Müller and Klaus Peter Keller. “That’s like learning to draw under da Vinci and Picasso,” says importer Vom Boden, in terms of German winemakers. Julian’s winemaking journey goes hand in hand with his rigorous focus of continuing to better himself. His first plot was adjacent to the grand cru site Ohligsberg. He then continued to purchase more vines in Goldtröpfchen and Schubertslay, both considered “grand cru” sites. Included in one of these sites is a bit of 100-year-old vines that are ungrafted. The wines are an ode to the style of Klaus Peter Keller who has been penned as creating “German Montrachets” according to Jancis Robinson.
This Riesling comes from 25-year-old vines in the grand cru site of Goldtröpfchen. This wine got its name from its 1000 liter foudre barrel that the wine was aged inside. It’s fresh and dry with wonderful minerality.
Famille Dutraive, Chiroubles 2020Regular price $43.00 Save $-43.00
With a father like the beloved and famous Jean-Louis Dutraive it does not hurt the eldest son in his quest to find his own voice amongst the vines and rolling hills of the sleepy appellation of Beaujolais. With the region gaining much attention from wine geeks worldwide due to the versatility of the wines (for dining or just flat out drinking), the camaraderie of the vignerons is unparalleled. There is a young, energetic group with easy access to top vineyard sites and everyone is cheering each other on.
After the devastating 2016 vintage, which was wiped out from hail storms, the producers remain affable and optimistic. This is how "Famille Dutraive" came about; it's a negociant project co-owned by Jean-Louis and his three children. The fruit is sourced and then vinified by the Dutraive family in their cellars.
This is a lively blend from two separate old vine sites in the cru of Chiroubles. Poullet is the first vineyard with a hillside at almost 400 meters in altitude and vines aged 70 years. The other vineyard site is Javernaud located at over 400 meters with vines aged about 60 years. This is a bright, fresh, and quaffable wine from Chiroubles.
Francois Lumpp, Givry 1er Cru A Vigne Rouge 2016Regular price $68.00 Save $-68.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
François Lumpp is technically a second-generation winemaker in the Côte Chalonnaise, which is perhaps the least well-known of all Burgundy regions. He and his brother inherited a vineyard from their father in the 1970s. But by 1990, he was ready to put a stake in his vision of a top quality and site-specific vineyard in Givry. (There are no grand cru vineyards in Givry, so premier cru is the top classification.) François and his wife Isabelle planted and nurtured all of the vines on about 9 hectares of vineyard property. He is a true vigneron, making only Pinot Noire and Chardonnay wines from Givry from 11 of the best premier cru parcels – a rare business model in today’s modern Burgundy where big négociant firms and outside investors rule the day in the big, well-known regions of the Côte d’Or. Son Pierre and daughter Anne-Cécile have joined the family business.
Coming from the village of Givry, which is still flying under the radar as far as Burgundy is concerned, the site is Premier Cru with an elevation of over 800 feet.
Comtesse Bernard de Cherisey, Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Genelotte 2019Regular price $150.00 Save $-150.00
Comtesse de Cherisey is located small AOC called Blagny, located in between powerhouse villages of Meursault and Puligny Montrachet. Tucked up on on the hills of the Cote de Beaune this small region in Burgundy may be easy to miss on a map but the wines are something to take note of. They seem to be the perfect balance between the structure, finesse, and power that you would expect from the surrounding appellations. Vigneron Laurent Martelet seems to have an attention to detail in the vineyards that is a step above most. All of his premier crus vines are at least 60 years of age, this requires a certain level of patience and focus in his farming practices and wine making that results in a mind blowing experience once it is in your glass. With a total production of only 2000 cases a year these are incredibly sought after and allocated wines of top quality coming out of Burgundy.
The Meursault-Blagny 1er Cru La Genelotte vineyard is located just north of Blagny high on the hill in Meursault. Comtesse de Cherisey planted these vines in 1946, the vineyard is a monopole giving Martelet complete uninterrupted control over the vines. This wine is very much classic of Meursault with the precision and complexity you would expect from these incredibly old vines and master winemaking techniques.
COS, Zibibbo in Pithos Bianco 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Muscat of Alexandria (Zibbibo)
Giusto Occhipinti of COS is one of the most critical names in Italy. COS was founded by three friends to make traditional wine with respect for the place the grapes are grown. During their first harvest in 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. The acronym of their three last names forms “COS.” They were early adopters to Biodynamic farming, starting a movement on the island, which are still golden standards. The friends are hard workers, using an old winery given to them by a family friend and opting to use terracotta vases for ageing, a completely neutral vessel. Sicily has just one DOCG—Cerasuolo di Vittoria; the friends were the first winery to bottle a DOCG wine in Sicily. COS is located in Vittoria, the farthest tip of southeastern Sicily. The area recalls that of Africa, with its climate and land of red, ochre, and yellow tones.
What a unique wine, which is saying something in regards to the usual wines coming from COS. Zibbibo is the name for Muscat de Alexandria when grown in Sicily. While the variety does have potential as a sweet wine, this is vinified dry. The wine also sees skin contact for a whopping seven months while it ages in amphorae, or pithos, the Greek name for the same ageing vessel. Even for the richer, tannic style wine, the alcohol is only 11.5% and the acidity is completely in balance.
Laherte Freres, Coteaux Champenois, Les Vinages 2018Regular price $90.00 Save $-90.00
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.
A dry red still wine—yes, it does come from the region of Champagne, but bottled as "Coteaux Champenois." Pinot Meunier is the star here, fresh, red-fruited, and chalky. In a region where global warming is constantly looming, ripe vintages are happening more frequently, resulting in more still reds.