Chateau Moulin de Tricot, Margaux 2018Regular price $62.00 Save $-62.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
30km north of the city of Bordeaux, nestled in the sand and gravel soils of Margaux are the lovingly tended vineyards of Ch. Moulin de Tricot. In this fabled land of ice cream castle Chateaux, 30-year-old vines (on average) are snugly spaced and never feel the touch of pesticides. Low yield vines mean better grapes here in Bordeaux, as anywhere, and once hand-harvested the fruit is destemmed and fermented in steel before coming to rest in older oak barrels before bottling. A true left-bank Margaux, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon with at least 25% Merlot, Moulin de Tricot delivers a nose of cedar and violets, and on the palette ripe dark fruit, sweet tobacco, dusty tannins and a long, almost mysterious finish that begs for just one more glass.
La Distesa, Nocenzio Marche Rosso 2020Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
Variety: Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon
Corrado Dottori is the founder of this winery avidly going against the grain of society’s norms. After a career in finance, he and his wife returned to his family home where they opened an agriturismo in the coastal region of La Marche. While it is typical to make varietal wines in this region, Corrado finds that blending fruit from a single site makes a better case in expressing the land. He works organically, encouraging the biodiversity of living things, reinforced by his six hectares of grains, olive trees and vegetable garden.
This is the only red wine La Distesa makes. Instead of appealing to international tastes, Corrado looks to make wines that best represent his homeland. The wine ages in French oak for one year, and just a touch of sulfur is added during winemaking.
Elian DaRos Clos Baquey, Cotes du Marmandais 2017Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Abouriou
Quite the intriguing producer from the southwest of France, just south of Bordeaux. Of all the French wines we stock, there are none that fall into this region. Elian worked under the famous Alsatian producer Zind Humbrecht for five years before returning home to make wine. In fact, he was the first to grow and bottle his wine under Cotes du Marmandais appellation in 1998. His decision to work organically was more than purposeful, as Elian watched as both his father and uncle succumbed to cancer due to the immense chemical exposures in the vineyard. His farming and cellaring are meticulous; “In the Southwest, we have to make wines twice as good at half the price…”
Call it a Bordeaux-style blend and you wouldn’t be wrong. Each of the four wines are aged separately for 22 months in barrels before they’re blended, another year in concrete and another in bottle before release. No one in Bordeaux is aging like this. This is the grand cuvee of the domaine and will do well with plenty more age on it.
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron, Pauillac 2ème Grand Cru Classé 2018Regular price $291.00 Save $-291.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Chateau Pichon Longueville is one of the great Bordeaux houses which was part of the original 1855 classification, though the estate itself originated back during the late 17th century. Pichon was classified as a Second Growth during that time with its vineyards within the appellation of Pauillas, part of the Left Bank. With its historic past, the chateau has changed hands just twice. The first family of Pichon Baron owned this property for over 200 years. The property was divided at some point, becoming Pichon Longueville and Pichon Comtesse. This estate continues to be one of the most prestigious Bordeaux houses today.
Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé 2018Regular price $231.00 Save $-231.00
Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé 2018Regular price $143.00 Save $-143.00
Bodegas Vega Sicilia Unico 2007Regular price $450.00 Save $-450.00
Variety: Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon
Every region in Spain produces wine. And while Rioja is its most famous region made from Tempranillo, which may be just as famous, it was the smaller region of Ribera del Duero that made it famous first. If it wasn’t for Vega Sicilia’s recognition of both the 1917 and 1918 vintages at the 1929 World Fair in Barcelona, the reputation of these wines wouldn’t quite be what they are now. Using Tempranillo, then known as a “country wine,” it was then blended with the fruit from Bordeaux vine cuttings. After 1982, the purchase of the Bodega by the Alvarez family shifted the winery towards a modernized hand as well as a welcomed international reputation. Vega Sicilia makes two wines—Unico and the multi-vintage Reserva Especial. Typically the wines are not released until they are ten years old, becoming increasingly difficult to find with each passing year.
The Unico bottles famously undergo a lengthy aging process, ten years being the typical window. 2007 was a colder vintage, thus making a wine more elegant than others, yet still structured. Tempranillo always makes up most of the blend here with Cabernet Sauvignon making up the rest.
Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia Bolgheri Sassicaia 2015Regular price $450.00 Save $-450.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
Tenuta San Guido, Sassicaia is known as the OG of the Super Tuscan style. It began with the mind of Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta when he experimented with a Bordeaux style wine during the period 1921 to 1925. He saw the potential in the gravel based soils in Bolgheri, similar to that of Bordeaux. The wines were not well received as they were accustomed to lighter wines coming from Tuscany, let alone wines that needed aging. Because of this, the Sassicaia wines were consumed privately at the domaine. After seeing the potential of the wines with age, peers encouraged the commercial release of them, and so the first “Super Tuscan” wine was produced in 1968 and released to market in 1971. It was made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.
Sassicaia Bolgheri became its own Denomination in 2013, a place specializing in the Super Tuscan style. The blend is reminiscent of the styles of Left Bank Bordeaux where Cabernet Sauvignon reigns king. Ageing means at least 18 months in barrel with the remaining time happening in steel. It is one of the most sought after wines in the world, coveted for its complexity and power.
Chateau La Grolet, Cotes de Bourg 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
From the same Bordeaux house that brought us Châteaux Peybonhomme. Even though Château Peybonhomme Les Tours began six generations ago in 1895, this generation begins with the union of two humans of different wine-related backgrounds. Jean-Luc Hubert descended from a long line of sailors who navigated the Gironde river utilizing “scow” boats to transport wine. Alternatively, Catherine came from a long line of winemakers, her great grandfather having acquired Peybonhomme in 1890. Both of their ancestors worked extensively with one another making and transporting wine, unbeknownst to them the union that would one day happen. The kids have grown and now assist in making beautiful, natural wines and following in their parents’ footsteps.
Steep gravel slopes are prime for planting Merlot, the number one contender in this blend. A bit of time in new oak marries fruit and wood tannins, and the in-bottle result is a harmony of terroir and tradition. The wine is an entry-level version of their Tete de Cuvee bottle.
Chateau Leoville Las Cases, Saint Julien 2nd GCC 1989Regular price $450.00 Save $-450.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot
This second growth, which qualified in the 1855 classification, is a serious wine among all the Bordeax wines available. There are three Bordeaux Chateaux under the name of ‘Leoville.’ Leo means lions and refers to the power and structure of these wines from Saint Julien. The wines age gracefully in the cellar, even for an eternity if you let it. Leoville is located on the Left Bank of Bordeaux in the village of Saint Julien.
This 1989 only just left the winery in 2018 as it was held back as a library wine. Some consider 1989 the best bottle they ever produced. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot lead the blend here.
Railsback Freres, Roman Ceremony Cabernet Sauvignon 2021Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Roman Ceremony is a recent project from Railsback that began as a small project for a Michelin starred restaurant, though with its success grew to 1000 case production. Fruit comes from two vineyards suited to Bordeaux varieties with its gravelly loam and clay. The fruit was harvested early, yielding a more elegant style Cabernet. Though this bottle doesn’t reinstate the Provencal style of the other Railsback bottles, it earned a separate name inspired by the birthplace of wine.
Fattoria Corzano e Paterno, Toscana Rosso "Il Corzanello" 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Wendel Gelpke, a Swiss architect, fell madly in love with these romantic hillsides. The Corzano property was purchased back in 1969, and then the neighboring property of Paterno in 1974. These hillsides are separated from the Chianti Classico subzone by the Via Cassia, a road that runs parallel to the river Pisa. Farming here has always been organic and her Sardinian sheep herd roams the rows to naturally fertilize the vines; talk about sustainability. As is classic for the area, the properties produce mainly Sangiovese. Wendel and the family own and operate the winery, and keep very occupied by making their own cheese and olive oil.
“Il Corzanello” is the baby version of “Il Corzano,” noted by the addition of the suffix “ello.” They're the same blend aged for five months in stainless steel and meant to be drunk immediately.
Zanotto, Rosso Col Fondo 2019Regular price $27.00 Save $-27.00
Varieties: Marzemino and Cabernet Sauvignon
Riccardo Zanotto is not just a winemaker, but a person who thrives on the stories of the past, and the experiences of tasting the wine as you drink. He makes a conscious choice not to own his own vineyards in Veneto, but rather entrusts the vine growing to others who know best. His project is a multitude of sparkling wines from the Veneto region, white and red, classic and not, in natural ways that allow the grapes to shine and the drinker to enjoy.
While Rosso Col Fondo is an ancestral method sparkling red, it does undergo two fermentations, the first in the tank, and the second in the bottle. Here ”Col Fondo” means “the bottom,” but just means a lightly sparkling wine that’s been aged on its lees. Using mostly the Marzemino grape that brings acidity, and Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings structure, this juicy sparkling red aims to please.
Benoit Daridan, VDF Rouge 2016Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Benoit Daridan took over the family winery in 2001 after many years of study and work experience around the world. As the seventh generation to take over the small 15 hectare farm, Benoit has worked tirelessly to protect and promote the family traditions of passion for the regions terror. The vineyard is perfectly positioned between arguably the Loire Valley’s most two most famous properties: Chateau de Cheverny and Chateau de Chambord. While most of the vineyard is made up of young vines, they do pride themselves on a tiny two hectare plot of 50 year old vines.
This is Cabernet Sauvignon from the Loire Valley clocking in at just 11.5% alcohol. It’s fresh and fruity, though expect some leather and earthy, too. It’s likely to be unlike any Cabernet Sauvignon you may have ever had. This comes from a line of wines called “The ‘D’ of Daridan.”
Matthiasson, Cabernet Sauvignon Dead Fred VineyardRegular price $112.00 Save $-112.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
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 is a special site the Matthiassons began to farm themselves in 2012. While fruit from the site goes into their blended wine, the rest goes into this bottle. The fruit is harvested with multiple passes through the vineyard. It’s aged in all new large barrels, just 70 cases produced.
L'Archetipo, Puglia Litrotto Rosso 2020 - 1 LiterRegular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Variety: Montepulciano, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo, and Susumaniello
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.
This a blend of the red varieties found in Puglia made into a liter bottle. The biodynamic farming practices instilled by Rudolf Steiner are implemented. The wine ages in stainless steel on its lees for 36 months for a wine of freshness and minerality.
Isole e Olena, "Collezione Privata" Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 1.5LRegular price $225.00 Save $-225.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
It is not enough to say that Isole e Olena is held to the highest regard and winemaker Paolo de Marchi has an unquestionable vision. Fourth generation winemaker Paolo De Marchi studied Agriculture at the University of Turin and worked harvests in California and France before returning to the family estate in 1976. He found much need for improvement and modernization in the Chianti Classico region. One of the first projects involved planting single vineyards of international varieties, such as Chardonnay and Syrah. With these steps, Paolo discovered a way to balance tradition with innovation. Isole e Olena is named for the formation of the two estates that were purchased by the De Marchi family in the 1950s. Over 43 years, he has earned a reputation as “Mr. Sangiovese” and also the “Dean of Chianti.”
Enfield Wine Company, Fort Ross-Seaview Cabernet Sauvignon Waterhorse Ridge 2017Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot
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.
Waterhorse Ridge is a special vineyard located on a rocky ridge a mere five miles from the Pacific. This site is among the coolest in the California area due to its proximity to the ocean, but is balanced by the volcanic rocky soils and its advantageous afternoon sunlight. The grapes were destemmed, but 20% of the stems were added back. The wine ages for 18 months in different sizes of French oak barrels, 15% of which is new. As John Lockwood said, “The wine is “seductively ripe while maintaining its elegance.”
Cote de Baleau, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2016Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon
Female run by Sophie Fourcade, Chateau Cote de Baleau is a beautiful property positioned on the right bank of Bordeaux in Saint-Emilion. The property was founded in 1643 with a long history of great families having ties to the land. The vineyards are planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is limestone and sand located not far from the famed estate La Gomeire. One of the most impressive things about Chateau Cote de Baleau is the age of the vines, which are over 40 years old; Bordeaux as a whole is still rebuilding much of its old vines.
The fruit undergoes thirty days in a tank where it macerates. The wine ages up to 18 months in oak, half of which is new, before it's released. This bottle could be drunk now with a little decanting, or cellared for several more years.
Chateau d'Issan, Blason d'Issan Margaux 2016Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Chateau d'Issan is a Third Growth Bordeaux house classified back during the 1855 classification, though the history of the estate dates as far back as the twelfth century. The Margaux estate did not attain its current name until the Essenault family, who owned the property for five generations, renamed it “Issan” ﹘a contracted version of their surname. The Cruse acquired the property after World War II, when it had been left to deteriorate, and since, the family has been able to restore the quality to its former glory. The Lorenzetti family has since joined forces with the Cruse family, operating in tandem.
Blason d’Issan is the estate’s second wine, which translates to the “coat of arms” of Issan. Most of the vines for this wine are over 25 years old, which are the oldest vines of the estate. The wine is a nontypical Margaux wine, as its blend is more Merlot than Cabernet Sauvignon. The ageing process takes place over 14 to 16 months; the barrels used are 35% new. 2016 was an overall excellent vintage in Margaux. On the wine label, you will see the estate’s motto “Regum mensis aris que deorum” which means “for the table of kings and the altar of Gods.”
Meyney, St Estephe 2017Regular price $60.00 Save $-60.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot
Château Meyney is one of the oldest estates in the Médoc, the subregion on the left side of the Gironde estuary. The estate is a former convent with records dating back all the way back to 1662. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot are planted right up to the banks of the river, making for a serene landscape. The estate has changed hands many times leading to its current owner. CA Grands Crus, a subsidiary of the Groupe Crédit Agricole and owner of several esteemed Bordeaux houses, purchased Meyney in 2004. Today, the vines are looked after with exceptional care by the Technical Director for CA Grands Crus. Château Meyney is a single block of 74 hectares, all overlooking the Gironde estuary. The placement of the vines is important, as the estuary protects these vines from frost.
The vines are between 35 and 40 years old, although some of their older vines are closer to 100 years in age. The blend is representative of the Saint-Estephe style: driven by Cabernet Sauvinon and blended with Merlot and Petit Verdot. The oak ageing is done in 50% new, taking place over the course of 18 to 24 months, vintage depending. This bottle can be enjoyed now, or could cellar another ten years.
Clos Figueras, Font De La Figuera Priorat Tinto 2019Regular price $55.00 Save $-55.00
Variety: Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
“Font de la Figuera” means fig tree fountain in the Catalan language, as can be seen on the label. The blend is classic to what the region of Priorat does well. All the fruit is destemmed except for some of the Syrah. The wine goes on to age for 12 months in French oak.
Amplify Wines, "Subliminal" Cabernet Sauvignon 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Cameron and Marlen Porter, a husband and wife team born and raised in Santa Barbara County. The exploration, and elevation, of this growing region has been their life's work. They first bonded over a shared love for wine and music, and Amplify is a natural extension of this marriage between their two greatest passions. As winemakers, they seek to amplify the voice of site and enhance the most singular characteristics of a given vineyard, marrying a sense of place with a sense of style. They believe in: native yeast fermentations; neutral vessels for fermentation and aging; no additions of any kind except for minimum effective sulfur dioxide; and farming that seeks to establish a healthy ecosystem, enhancing and supporting the natural characteristics of a given place. They embrace the happy accident, letting intuition guide our hand, with their creative spirit and palates as their primary tools.
Their vision was to craft a Cabernet Sauvignon made in a style almost forgotten in California – a “humble table wine” that speaks of its origins and brightens a weekday. Made from old vines grown in two different vineyards (Rancho Arroyo Perdido and Giff), this wine is aged 9 months in neutral oak. Its 1970’s California winemaking tradition is underscored by use of native yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation, limited additions of SO2, and no fining or filtration.