This wine is fun and flirty to drink as the label is! Perky Muscat blanc is blended with dignified Marsanne and Roussanne to create this summertime drinker. Fresh mandarian, kiwi, and pear are complimented with notes of beeswax and white pepper. Drink unabashedly at picnics or at the coast.
Scar of the Sea Cucamonga Valley Zinfandel Old Vine Lopez Vineyard 2021
Jean-Pierre Monier & Phillipe Perréol formed a Rhone “Super Group” when they left their local co-ops and started this project. While this fruit comes exclusively from Monier’s holdings, their combined knowhow really shines here. Brooding dark fruit is enlivened by a radiant acidity. Brisket fresh out of the smoker, anyone?
Domaine Larue continues to produce some of our favorite wines from the Saint Aubin region of Burgundy, delivering quality we can count on again and again. The grapes in this premier cru were grown in Domaine Larue’s most prized vineyard, so you can expect a special experience in this classic chardonnay.
Jean-Pierre Monier is well known for producing delicious, sought after wine in the Northern Rhône. With his ‘Terre Blanche’, you’ll get notes of spice, dark berries & violets that are balanced with fresh acidity & integrated tannins.
Fento Rias Baixas Albarino La Liebre y La Tortuga 2020
Lorenzo Mochiutti of Vignai da Duline not only refrains from trimming his hair & beard, but also his vines. It’s said that this is one of their secrets to success in winemaking, letting the vineyard do its thing without intervention. This Malvasia is complex with strong notes of citrus. Pairs beautifully with seafood.
Straight out of Northeast Italy, comes this absolute gem from a real legend. Located at the base of the Alps, Friuli is known for its no nonsense, clean & crisp, intensely flavored whites. This one offers up notes of apricot, hazelnut & white slate. A truly flexible white that goes with cheese, fish or poultry.
Widely known as “The Queen of Beaujolais” the Cru of Fleurie is set on the steep slopes at the foot of La Madone. 90% of the soil here is pink granitic, which is dry & acidic and creates these wonderfully lifted wines that are elegantly floral and still ripe and juicy. Breton has done it again.
There is just nothing quite like Bandol. This tiny Provençal village perched above the sea produces red wines of incredible power and structure with a distinctly wild, carnal core to them. And Domaine Tempier is the best in the business.
You know the gang by now–Lapierre, Foillard, and Breton. These guys banded up in their twenties to (help) change the world of French wine, natural wine, and Beaujolais forever. But the name Thévenet, the fourth gang of Four member, rarely gets mentioned. That's partially because Jean-Paul makes far less wine than the others. The single wine he makes, perhaps the most elegant and long-lived expression of Morgon I've ever tasted is a true study on that lovely village. It is high-toned, zesty, and lightly funk in its youth, and can age like great Burgundy–if, unlike me, you have the patience to wait. I've gone through chilled bottle after chilled bottle this summer. If you love Beaujolais and haven't yet experienced Thévenet's rendition, now's the time to do it!
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