Magnon’s wines are some of the best coming out of the Languedoc. He studied under Jean Foillard, and now implements the same natural practices he learned, championing terroir-driven fruit and a hands-off mentality. ‘La Demarrante’ is a blend of Carignan and Cinsault; it’s expressive and thirst-quenching.
Once again, Maxime delivers a bottle worthy of a cult following. This Carignan-dominant blend is sourced from 100-year-old vines. It offers loads of rich, dark fruit like boozy brandied cherries and a distinct animal character that provides undeniable complexity. Drink now or hold on to it.
When devastating frost hit Valentin Montanet’s vineyards in Burgundy, he headed south looking for organic grapes to fill his empty cellar. The result is a happy accident–crunch, endlessly elegant Gamay made by a talented Burgundian. This is low-key Gang of Four quality juice at a great price.
Jean Foillard is best known for popularizing and expanding the idea of ‘natural’ wine to the greater wine community. In his vision, wine should come from undisturbed, unmanipulated vines, and nothing should be added nor taken away from the final product. His Beaujolais-Villages is driven by a purity and energy that is unmistakably Foillard.
Presqu’ile continues to produce some of our favorite coastal California wine. Their Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir represents all of the hallmarks: balance, complexity & the unique spice of its region with all the fruit & earth you want in a spectacular Pinot Noir. Pair this up with roast chicken for pure delight.
Rich Cabernet is blended with spritely Zweigelt to produce this devilishly complex wine. Tschida uses methods to ensure that his wines are made in their truest form. Savory, intense, and bold, this is the wine to show off to your friends when grilling steaks or having a winter pot roast.
This uber-natural fleshy red, made with Cabernet Franc and Zweigelt, will be your new favorite for pairing with hearty beef dishes, venison, and blue cheese. With notes of molasses, sun-dried red pepper, and oil-cured Moroccan olives, this is a one-of-a-kind wine from a rockstar winemaker
Presqu'ile Santa Maria Pinot Noir Presq'uile Vineyard 2018
Coming directly from their estate vineyards in Santa Maria Valley, their 100% Pinot Noir is deeply expressive of dark red berry, dried herbs & an energizing, refreshing acidity. This Pinot is definitely spice dominant & would pair exquisitely with a cheese platter or roast duck.
65-year-old vines on pink granite produce the fruit for this remarkable cuvee from Pierre Cotton. Inspired by the legends of the region, Cotton makes wine exclusively with indigenous yeast, uses semi-carbonic maceration in large tanks, and produces delicious, crushable, crowd pleasing juice.
Athletes du Vin is a collective of Loire Valley producers that set out on a mission to bring the winemaker's table to you. These are the everyday wines you will find on winemakers tables littered among goat cheese crottin and heaping jars of rillettes. The wines of Athletes du Vin are meant to be opened often and consumed without pretension. Poured out liberally with cherished friends and good food.
Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc spring to mind when discussing Loire Valley wine but have you ever heard of Pineau d’Aunis? This little-known grape is a hidden gem in the Loire valley. A native grape to the region and a true sponge of terroir. It has a reputation for being extremely finicky to grow and by the 1970s there were only 17 hectares of Pineau d'Aunis remaining in the Loire Valley! Recognizing the importance of preserving native varietals from extinction a few winemakers decided Pineau d'Aunis was worth the additional attention to grow and we are glad they did! At Dedalus, we are on a constant hunt for value-driven chillable reds. A staff favorite and a style of wine that pairs with almost anything or nothing at all. Athletes Pineau d'Aunis is packed with crunchy cherry fruit but showcases its savory side delivering waves of sage and black pepper. If you find yourself gravitating towards more youthful expressions of Beaujolais this will be right up your alley!
Craving a truly transportive experience? Throw a slight chill on this bottle, and enjoy at lunchtime with a slice of roasted pheasant terrine, grilled sausages, and cornichons. You won’t be disappointed!
Cinsault finally gets it’s moment in the spotlight! Often only appearing as a small component in Rhône blends and Provençal Rosés, here it is on full display with all its ripe red fruit and zippy character that is echoed by the addition of 25% Grenache. It is a great example of the light-bodied everyday wines of the region. St-Julien-en-St.-Alban is located on the western side of the Rhône just at the end of the Rhône Valley, and is prized for its altitude and warmth. You don’t need an occasion to pull the cork, it doesn't demand food, and there’s no need for you to meditate over each sip. Its pure energy makes it the perfect weeknight warrior; you can just feel the sunshine.
You might be familiar with Martin’s father Eric who has become one of the legends of natural wine in the Rhône. His father’s passion to revive traditional techniques and implement low-intervention winemaking also drives Martin. Each grape is vinified separately in concrete tanks, which preserves the integrity of the fruit. Concrete is used in an effort to avoid the oaky flavors that are transmitted by barrels, but unlike stainless steel, it also allows for a gentle transfer of oxygen, creating verve, texture, and fruit-forward jubilance. On the nose, the ripe strawberry scent is kept in check with a tart redcurrant snap, and a slightly effervescent minerality.
Drive fifteen minutes northeast from Cunaez Nadir’s winery, a route that guides you over the Dora Baltea River, and you will find yourself at the Grosjean estate. Tucked right along both French and Swiss borders the Valle d’Aosta represents the confluence of both Italian and French cultures at their best; often labels from this region will be in both French and Italian. In the beginning, the Grosjean family was focused on cultivating Petite Rouge, but they have also moved onto other native varieties such as Fumin, Cornalin, Premetta and Vuillermin. But in a region that is traditionally French speaking, you can also find high quality examples of France’s beloved Chardonnay, Syrah, and this month’s outstanding Pinot Noir.
The Vigne Tzeriat is from one of Grosjean’s “cru” vineyards, which enjoys steep slopes and a full southern exposure. Pinot from this site represents the estate's oldest vines with many as old as 53 years, offering more complexity and intensity than their entry level Pinot. Although light by California standards, this would be considered opulent for the region. The south facing vineyards yield fruit that is sturdy enough to benefit from 18 months in barrique to add even greater depth. In no way does this jeopardize the cool Alpine breeze that seems to emanate from the glass. Grosjean has been obtaining a steady following locally and now internationally as their age worthy Pinot and Torrette wines gain more acclaim.
Dolcetto is often relegated to second–or even third–fiddle in the realm of great Piedmontese reds. Yet–a really sublime Dolcetto paired up with the ideal cuisine can surely outshine far more sophisticated wines. That is certainly the case in the cellars of Guido Porro. A humble winemaker with a lineup as sharp as they come, you won't find more value in approachable Italian reds anywhere else in the country. This release of his Dolcetto is particularly delicious, begging to be paired up with your favorite pizza pie.
It is famously difficult to find great Pinot Noir on a budget. The finesse and elegance we expect from great Pinot just can't often be found for under twenty five bucks. And if you're looking for something farmed organically? Even harder yet. That is, except this rare gem that checks all our boxes. It is unapologetically simple yet sublime for its crunchy red fruits, tempting floral notes, and earthy aromatics. You simply can't get better Pinot at this price point anywhere. Work this into your regular rotation. You won't regret it.
Anthony, son of famous Beaujolais legend, Jean-Paul Thevenet, tries his own hand at making wine in this famed Cru of the region. Morgon is known for structure, longevity, and quality, and this wine fits the bill. Drink with a slight chill and enjoy!
Since taking over his family’s winery at the age of 23, Juan Antonio Ponce, has become a leading figure in Spain for biodynamic winemaking. Juan’s philosophy is to make natural wines with wild yeast fermentations, low levels of sulfur, and to vinify each lot separately to allow its personality to shine – a steal at its price.
“Prunus” is a blend of native varieties. Jaen (aka Mencía) holds the distinction of being the most planted in the region, Tinto Roriz (aka Tempranillo) offers body, Touriga Nacional supplies structure, and Alfrocheiro Preto is added for good measure. The result is stunning.
Born in Champagne, Anne Sophie Dubois understands the vine. She’s part of a new generation of Beaujolais winemakers looking to become a part of the always increasing reputation of the region. This wine is energetic, high-toned, with bright acidity.
Gravel and quartz sand with clay make for well-drained soil, optimal for grape maturation. Look out for ripe dark fruit, gripping tannins, and a savory backbone. This blend is 70% Tannat with 30% mixed Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for a beautiful balance.
Winemakers Frédéric Gueugneau and Benoit Pagot work only with organic vines and only with barrels from their favorite sustainable cooper based in Cognac. Their attention to detail is center stage in this delicate pinot noir from underrated Burgundy village, Mercurey.
The ripe, slightly jammy nose on this wine lends itself to a fleshiness on the palate. It’s round and full-bodied for Burgundy standards. Cyril Audoin is part of the next generation of Burgundy winemakers, and his energetic, outgoing personality is reflected in each bottle.
Jean-Marc Vincent’s wines are proof that transcendence in Burgundy can be achieved in so-called ‘lesser’ terroirs. His Gravières is undoubtedly the finest wine in Santenay and that is especially true in 2018. It gives up notes of ripe plum and currant alongside notes of earth and baking spice.
The brothers Fantino are masters of old-school Barolo. This bottling is nothing short of a masterpiece. From one of the best vintages in recent memory, theirs is young and grippy yet has a supreme sense of elegance. Drink it young with some air, or hide it away and watch it unfurl.
Oak Ridge is the Northernmost vineyard in Columbia Gorge, and Hiyu farms it meticulously. Beyond biodynamics, their team goes above and beyond, caring for the soil, the health of the vines, and the strength of the surrounding ecosystems. The result is a delicate red wine, light in color, and reminiscent of its Alpine origins.
The Croci family has tended vines in Emilia Romagna since the 1930’s & have mastered their sparkling red. If you want a light, zippy wine to quench your thirst, this is it. This sparkling red is fresh yet deep, with notes of barnardy funk, black briny olives & fresh mountain herbs. Serve chilled with rich fare.
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Our conserva selection is inspired by the tiny tapas bars we fell in love with while in Barcelona, San Sebastian, and Madrid.