Louis-Antoine Luyt, Pipeño Blanco (2017) Grapes: Muscat of Alexandria, Chasselas, and Sémillon Geography: Central Valley, Chile Features: Organic Mainly Moscatel de Alexandria/rest Torontel/Corinta (Chasselas)/Cristalina (Semillon). The combined vine ages range from 75 to 150 years for all of the grapes in this mix, mainly from granitic, clay-based soils. The Moscatel, or Muscat, comes from the […]
Louis-Antoine Luyt, Pipeño Paìs Carrìzal (2017) Grape: Pais Geography: Central Valley, Chile Appellation: Valle del Maule Features: Organic He may be a native Burgundian, but Louis-Antoine Luyt has quickly become a seminal voice in the fight for independent, terroir driven winemaking in Chile. In a country where wine production is run almost entirely by enormous […]
Bodegas Viñátigo, Ycoden-Daute-Isora Listán Blanco (2016) Grape: Listán Blanco Geography: Canary Islands, Spain Appellation: Ycoden-Daute-Isora A native of Tenerife, Juan J. Méndez founded Viñátigo in 1990. Driven by passion and love for his homeland, Juan decided to revive and work with all the native grapes once found on the Island. All the vineyards are planted […]
Monje, Tacoronte-Acentejo Tradicional Tinto (2015) Grape: Listán Negro Geography: Canary Islands, Spain Appellation: Tacoronte-Acentejo The Monje family has been making wine since 1750. For generations they have passed their passion for and knowledge of the land from father to son. Today Felipe Monje continues the family tradition. Felipe uses traditional methods in the cellar. The […]
Lavia Ecologica – D.O. Bullas, Spain (2012) 80% Monastrell, 20% Syrah. Ruby red with intense aromas of raspberry and plum with notes of violet, smokey bacon, and tree bark. Fresh and unctuous mid-palate with silky tannins.
Delinquente “Bullet Dodger” Montepuciano – Riverland, AU Medium bodied with bright berry fruits and smooth, even tannins, this is an easy drinking, fruit forward wine, perfect with a wide variety of foods. “Deep vermillion hue, verging on opaque. The wine is explosive with dark fruit flavours without being sweet, heavy, or in anyway jammy, due […]
Delinquente “Screaming Betty” Vermentino – Riverland, AU (2017) Stone fruit and crisp pear on the nose, the palate opens all textural and tropical with notes of sour, juicy peach, before the classic Vermentino acid and brininess kicks to cleanse the pallet with a beautiful long finish. Perfect, thirst quenching white.
APA Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough, NZ (2016) Wonderfully bright and amazingly drinkable, APA delivers layers of flavor – vivid kaffir lime, perfumed apple blossom, and rich nectarine mix with a gentle grassiness, over a poised mineral textural palate.
Muzic, Pinot Grigio (2015) Grape: 100% Pinot Grigio Production Area: Collio, Municipality of San Floriano del Collio MUZIC – What a wonderful discovery this winery from San Floriano in Collio, Ivan and his two sons are an example of impressive work. Their philosophy is: do as little as necessary in vineyard then work cleanly in […]
Tenuta Carretta, Dolcetto (2011) Grape: Dolcetto Geography: Piedmont, Italy Appellation: Dolcetto d’Alba Dolcetto is the most typical of the varietals grown in Piedmont. With their own proprietary grapes, Tenuta Carretta makes a wine as pleasant and drinkable as an “everyday wine” .The wine is made in the fall then left to fine in the cellar […]
Conti Zecca, Primitivo (2014) Grape: Primitivo Geography: Puglia, Italy Appellation: Salento Cantalupi is one of four wine-making estates owned by the venerable, Leverano-based Conti Zecca. The family has made the Salento Peninsula home for five centuries and the masseria at Cantalupi has been an important holding for much of that time. The property, between the […]
Struzziero, Taurasi Campoceraso (2011) Grape: Aglianico Geography: Campania, Italy Appellation: Taurasi Taurasi Campoceraso, obtained from Aglianico grapes, is produced on the estate which bears the same name, situated in the heart of the production area, between the municipalities of Venticano and Torre Le Nocelle. This is a cru of extraordinary potential. The word Aglianico is […]
Château Fourcas Hosten, Les Cédres d’Hosten (2010) Geography: Bordeaux, France Appellation: Listrac-Médoc A beautiful Charter house nestled in the heart of a magnificent 3-hectare park, in the shadow of the bell tower of the old Roman church, Château Fourcas Hosten is situated in the centre of Listrac, a peaceful village in the eponymous appelation. In […]
Lorenzo Piccin, San Martino Siir (2014) Geography: Basilicata, Italy Appellation: Aglianico del Vulture Features: Organic TERROIR: 10/35 years old vines grown in Volcanic, Gravelly clay soil at an altitude of approximately 500mt. GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Aglianico VINIFICATION: Hand harvested and fermented in stainless steel with native yeasts over a period of about 12 days, with […]
Bodega DiamAndes, DiamAndes de Uco Malbec (2013) Grape: Malbec Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Valle de Uco Features: Gluten-free TERROIR: Clay and sand with a large quantity of pebbles in the foothills of the Andes. Altitude of 1,100m. GRAPE VARIETIES: 95% Malbec, 5% Syrah VINFICATION: Manual harvest, with cooling in a cold room and hand sorting. […]
Bodega DiamAndes, DiamAndes de Uco Viognier Grape: Viognier Geography: Mendoza, Argentina Appellation: Valle de Uco Features: Gluten-free AREA UNDER VINES: 130 hectares TERROIR: Clay and sand with a large quantity of pebbles in the foothills of the Andes. Altitude of 1,100m. GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Viognier VINFICATION: Manual harvest with cooling in a cold room and […]
Brunn Kamptal Riesling Grape: Riesling Geography: Niederösterreich, Austria Appellation: Kamptal Just north of the Danube is a small, family-owned winery producing Brunn. Winemaker Karl Steinschaden and his family are dedicated to traditional practices, completing the harvest 100% by hand into small cases. The old estate vines produce low yield with very high quality grapes. At […]
La Perla Red (2015) Rioja Alta Grapes: Tempranillo and Mazuelo Geography: Rioja, Spain Appellation: Rioja The La Perla winery is located in Fuenmayor, the heart of Rioja Alto. Their winemaker, Isaac Fernandez, has been making wine for more than 25 years. La Perla vineyards are at a higher altitude and enjoy cooler temperatures than many […]
Rilasso, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Grapes: Montepulciano Geography: Abruzzo, Italy Appellation: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo The grapes are de-stemmed and crushed, then put into temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. After the alcoholic fermentation has finished, the wine remains for an additional 5-7 days on the skins in order to extract as much color and aromas as possible. After the malolactic […]
Lunar Apogé Biodynamic Lirac Red Grapes: Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre Geography: Rhône Valley, France Appellation: Lirac Lunar Apogé is made in Roquemaure, France, where the Leperchois family has been making wine for centuries. In 1977, Christian Leperchois became a pioneer in his region by converting the Estate to a fully organic/biodynamic process. They are now […]