Laherte Freres, Brut Nature Blanc de Blanc Champagne NVRegular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
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 lamb respect for tradition, heritage, and land. Each example of Laherte Fréres is more stunning than the last, from the Ultradition Extra Brut, a return to basics, or perhaps their Rosé de Meunier, a deep yet refreshing example of artistry.
This is the wine that was the discovery of Laherte for us. All the fruit comes from 35-year-old vines from the best parcels in Epernay. Half of the blend is reserve wine from previous vintages. It gets aging on fine lees and in barrels. No dosage is added for this dry and fresh Champagne.
Alta Alella, Bruant Cava Brut Nature 2020Regular price $34.00 Save $-34.00
Variety: Pansa Blanca
The family behind Alta Alella has spent their entire life dedicated to wine; that would be husband and wife Josef and Cristina along and 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. Though the winery is young, the family continually push themselves to learn new things with each vintage. The wines have very low intervention-no added sulfites and little is done to the wines after their grapes have been pressed.
This uses only the Pansa Blanca variety, otherwise known as Xarello. Cava typically is a blended wine, but this Cava goes against many norms. It is made in the traditional method without any added sugar OR sulfites. This is terroir at its best as the sandy granitic soil really gets to shine here.
Gerard Boulay, Sancerre Chavignol Blanc Tradition 2022Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
The Boulay family has been in Sancerre since 1380, Gerard the current generation of the family adds no yeast and little to no SO2 during vinification. He describes his role as one of “surveillance” to make sure nothing goes wrong. In general he works by instinct, “au feeling” because he wants to “let the wine live” and tries not to interfere with the natural process. Most of his vineyard sites average about 45 years in age. While many vignerons in Sancerre continue with conventional winemaking, Gerard continues to implement organic farming and making thoughtful, traditional Sancerre.
This wine brings together the best of Boulay’s young vine vineyards in the small village of Chavignol. They are planted in the kimmeridgian soils that make the appellation’s wines so notable, with bracing minerality and citrus high tones.
Montenidoli, Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
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 utilizing the property for meetings and ceremonies. Elisabetta and her husband bought the property in the 60’s, bringing it back to life from its abandoned state. The couples’ profound respect for the land has always been the focus—farming sustainably and using 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.
“Fiore”—meaning flower—is the truest expression of the Vernaccia variety. With the calcareous soil full of marine sediment paired with lees and bottle age, the Fiore is a clean, pure Vernaccia with intensity of texture.
Alex Foillard, Beaujolais-Villages 2022Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Perhaps you’ve heard of the ‘Gang of Four?’ It was a nickname lovingly bestowed to the most noteworthy winemakers of Cru Beaujolais—Jean Foillard, Marcel Lapierre, Jean-Paul Thévenet, and Guy Breton. Enter Alex Foillard—son of Jean Foillard—who now runs his own show in the world of Beaujolais. His exposure to wine and all things Beaujolais came to him at a young age. He took on early interest, intent on carrying on his father’s trailblazing ways. While his father worked with vines in Fleurie and Morgon, Alex farms from both Brouilly and Côte-de-Brouilly. Beginning at just 24 years old, he has taken a page from his father’s finesse for winemaking, working organically and naturally.
Though this is regional level Beaujolais, the vines are 70 years in age planted to limestone and sand soils. Traditional to Beaujolais, the juice undergoes carbonic fermentation making for a lifted, juicy wine. It’s aged in concrete for a few months before it’s released to be drunk immediately.
Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage Rouge 2020Regular price $55.00 Save $-55.00
Every wine region in the world has its benchmark producers. These are the producers that year after year release top tier wines with a consistent voice that is evident in each bottle. These producers are an inspiration to younger producers throughout the world. Alain Graillot is a classic example, presiding over 50 acres of 30+ year-old vines in Crozes-Hermitage, just off the powerful hill of Hermitage in the Northern Rhone. Graillot has always focused on the pursuit of greatness. Quality comes first. He passed away in 2022, though his voice lives on with both of his sons, Antoine and Maxime, who picked up their father's torch back in 2008.
This Syrah comes from 30 year old vines from the village of La Chene Verts in Crozes-Hermitage. The juice undergoes whole cluster fermentation, ages in concrete, then ages in used barrels.
Bonavita, Rosato Terre Siciliane 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Variety: Nerello Mascalese
Imagine making wine on a large peninsula sticking out into the Mediterranean Sea. The region of Faro is just that, jutting out into the Strait of Messina. Even if you are Italian, this is a wine region very few people have ever heard of and rarely have the opportunity to taste, since only five wineries are located on the Peninsula. The explosive popularity of the wines of Mount Etna just to the south has taken the wine world by storm over the last few years. Now the wines from surrounding regions are gaining attention for their quality and personality. Giovanni Scarfone is the owner and winemaker for Bonavita. His focus is organic farming on the hill behind the main village of Faro. The high winds from the Strait of Messina protect the wines from the heat, and the end product is something extraordinary.
Pietracupa, Taurasi 2016Regular price $63.00 Save $-63.00
Winemaker Sabino Loffredo has swiftly created a reputation within and beyond Italy for some of the most exquisite Greco and Fiano wines in Avellino of Campania in the south of Italy. Pietracupa was founded in 1993 by his family, starting as just 3 hectares of vineyards. The vines were chosen with the intent of showcasing the mountainous terrain of Avellino to the world. He produces limited amounts of Fiano, Greco, Falanghina, and Aglianico coming from some of the finest vines in Avellino. Both wine and winemaker share a similar mantra; staying original and faithful to the land with elegance, depth, and minerality. Due to the southern climate of Campania, the wines benefit from longer time on the vine. These coastal wines crave seafood and olive oil based dishes.
Pietracupa is among the best producers in Campania, making this Taurasi among the best available. The wines aged in oak barrels for up to three years and another year in bottle before release, sometimes longer! This will do well with continued time in the cellar.
Emrich-Schonleber, Riesling Estate Trocken 2022Regular price $28.00 Save $-28.00
Founder Stephen Bitterolf of Vom Boden once consumed a glass of 2004 Emrich-Schonleber Riesling GG which he felt may have inspired the beginning of his business. If that doesn’t convey the influence of these wines, there are other ways. They land in the same realm as Donnhoff and the Keller wines while remaining distinctly their own. The Schonleber wines are firm in their philosophy: “the wines offer true drinking pleasure, they’re honest, authentic, and unembellished, and lastly, a goal to produce wine with distinctive personalities.” The family forms a common core of thoughtfulness around the quality of the wine as each member participates in their own way. They aim to exceed the high expectations of their wines with each vintage while maintaining precision in the vineyard.
This Riesling is the epitome of what an estate wine should be! It’s the wine to show off what true talent can do even at a more modest price point. This is vibrant and bouncy while still maintaining excellent acidity.
Timothee Delalle, 'Le Four Blanc' Rouge 2020Regular price $25.00 Save $-25.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Timothee Delalle is a new producer in the Loire Valley. He trained for years in Geneva, Switzerland as well as under the late Loire winemaker, Jacky Blot of Tailles Aux Loups and Domaine de la Butte. Home is a vineyard just west of the city of Tours and Vouvray in the Loire Valley. He makes just 8000 bottles of wine a year and they quickly sell out! He makes excellent examples of the standard varieties grown in the Loire. One of the most talked about winemakers in France at the moment, we clearly have much to expect still from Timothee Delalle. “My objective is to support winemaking rather than to control it.”
This Cabernet Franc is planted in clay and limestone soils and aged in Burgundy barrels. The cost of this bottle is deceiving as the wine far over delivers. The wine is light on its feet and quite food friendly.
Enfield Wine Company, Stained Glass Grenache 2021Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Variety: Grenache, Carignan and Tempranillo
Enfield Wine Company is the passion project of John Lockwood and his wife Amy Seese. Founded in 2010, the project is very young, but despite that has recently started to gain attention nationwide. These are truly some of our favorites from California. John only uses native yeast and the wine is never filtered or cold stabilized. The growers he works with changes from year to year while he continues his relationships with small growers from some of California’s most special heritage sites. His passion is contagious and his energy unwavering.
With grapes coming from two different vineyards planted on opposite sides of the Sacramento River Delta, this grenache, aged entirely in stained glass, highlights the terroir and youthful playful elements of the fruit. Incorporating Tempranillo and Carignan in small parts for some added tannin and spice, this wine undergoes whole cluster fermentation.
Domaine Lampyres, Point Triple Blanc 2022Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Phelan Farm, 'Autremnet' 2021Regular price $58.00 Save $-58.00
Variety: Pinot Noir, Gamay and Mondeuse
While we’ve worked with wines from Rajat Parr fpr year (cue Evening Land, Sandhi, DDLC), the new project Phelan Farm has a new aim. The goal here is regenerative farming with its home base in the coastal region of Cambria at Steiner Lake. In this journey, he uses varieties one might use in the Savoie or Jura regions of France, Gruner, Syrah or even sometimes using apples as the base. The fruit is often estate fruit, though it is often purchased from other trusted farmer friends. The wines show American terroir through the lens of a European. The production is miniscule and the wines are special.
Inspired by the wines of the alpine region of Savoie in France, this red comes instead from the cool maritime climate of San Luis Obispo, California. The wine is aged in neutral oak and undergoes whole cluster fermentation. Winemaking is mostly hands off to allow the farming to be highlighted.