From one of Châteauneuf’s most lauded vineyard sites, this cuvée of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, and Clairette is crafted by masters of the region’s rocky, wind-whipped terroir. This wine is positively classic, with notes of garrigue, chalky minerals, and bright red cherry. A gem for the cellar.
Sant'Armettu Vin de Corse Rouge Sartène Rosumarinu 2021
Ancient, indigenous varieties form the gripping backbone of this Calabrian red from the Lamezia region. The Statti family has farmed there since the 1700s and harvests the Gaglioppo, Grecco Nerro, and Magliocco in this bottle from vines planted beside their ancient olive groves. Unpretentious, delicious Italian table wine.
Highly respected amongst his peers, Didier Barral lives & works with an uncompromising respect for the environment, especially in the way he championed the biodynamic movement in France. His ‘Faugères Valinière’ is full-bodied & muscular, showing concentrated notes of blue fruit & spices.
At Domaine Leon Barral, crafting beautiful wine and cultivating a living breathing ecosystem within the vineyard go hand in hand. Didier Barral is one of the most holistic and detail-oriented vignerons out there. His wines are immensely powerful, age-worthy, and complex.
Giulia Negri is someone you should be familiarizing your self with in Barolo. She has been carving out her identity as a one of the strongest wine makers in Barolo and is just starting out. This Barolo delivers powerful fruit and has all the beautiful aromatics to back it up.
A masterpiece. This bottle is a delicious study of the terroir of Chinon. Fleshy plum and blackberry, forest floor, with a bit of that deciduous complexity that ties it to the Loire Valley. A must-buy for anybody who loves — or wants to love — Loire Cabernet Franc. Drink at any point over the next ten years.
With Marlene in the vineyards and Jason in the tasting room, the Hanson’s take a family-first approach to winemaking. This Pinot Noir, like all their cuvées, is 100% estate-grown, with a low-intervention approach in both the vineyard in the cellar. The result is a beautiful Oregon Pinot that’s made with love.
The Limite Acqui Sicure is a blend of red and white grapes: Montepulciano, Passerina, and Trebbiano. Its cheeky name means “safe waters limit,” or “this is where the safe zone ends, risk death by shark if you swim out any further.” Given that almost half of it is made with white grapes, this wine has a racy acidic spine that is balanced by fresh herbs and a salty finish. This wine pushes the limits, and so you should eat it with something that does the same. Try it paired with a movie night and french fries made with a generous portion of crispy sage and rosemary and a side of aioli.
There are few reds more satisfying than a chewy and wild, charmingly rustic Bandol rouge. Alain Pascal’s Gros Noré Rouge is a textbook bottling that, despite its ability to age, is delicious to drink today. It highlights the rugged and feral, yet still somehow elegant character of old-vine Mourvèdre.
Romain Taupenot is a low-intervention winemaker purely by circumstance; his family has acquired Premier Cru plots that don’t need meddling to show their quality, including the lesser known Bel Air in Gevrey Chambertin. This Pinot Noir is nuanced and powerful with notes of black pepper and cooked red fruit.
There’s nothing more profound than well-made, mature Barolo. Guido Porro’s is a textbook example, capable of serious seduction on the table. Ripe black cherry fruit dominate with supporting notes of jasmine tea, autumn leaves, rose, and licorice. Decant today or hide away for a few years in the cellar.
Syrah might be this estate’s bread and butter, but Grenache is slowly proving that it has just as much to offer. 2019 marked the estate’s first growing season free of heat waves, which allowed the fruit to ripen at its own mellow pace. In their own words, it’s one of the best years for this wine since they started making it in 2006. It gives us the juicy, lush strawberry this Grenache is known for with a star-bright electric twang and light grip.
If there’s one bottle that sums up what you’ll get from Ballard Canyon, it’s this Syrah. While the vines in this area aren’t old by European standards (they were planted in the 1990s) they are the oldest in the area. And every year that they root deeper into the Santa Barbara soil, they produce more elegant, concentrated fruit. Deep purply red, with a hint of olive weaving in and out of the wild, fruity nose.
Yves Canarelli took over his family’s domaine in southern Corsica in 1993, on land that has been farmed since the 5th century B.C.E. Its deep-rooted history gives his wine extraordinary complexity. Robust yet nuanced, dark fruit mingling with flavors of wet stone, this wine is truly something special.