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.
You simply cannot get a better bottle of Burgundy for under a hundred bucks than the Guillemot’s family best cuvèe from the Serpentières vineyard. Young or old, it always delivers everything we love about Burgundy, no more, no less. It’s fresh and youthful today, but will live for decades in the cellar.
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.
This wine is what you get when one of Burgundy’s best winemakers sets up shop in the Jura. Guillaume d’Angerville makes some of the most elegant Pinot in Burgundy and his Trois Cépages blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot is tart and fresh with mineral notes. Enjoy cool with roast duck.
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.
Lelarge Pugeot has been making wine for eight generations in the premier cru village of Vrigny, and this bottle is a perfect reflection of the Vrigny terroir. Mineral and delicately aromatic, this wine is fresh, vibrant, and incredibly easy to drink.
From the team that brought you Chandon de Briailles comes this fabulous negotiant project. Their philosophy is a holistic respect for life that translates to balanced, healthy grapes with the capacity to produce vibrant, pure and seductive wines - and it shows.
Don’t let the color fool you on this rosé from Germany. Using the saignée method, the rich colors of Cabernet, Merlot, and Pinot Noir shine through, giving an almost salmon hue. Steely mineraly, fresh summer strawberries, and mountain herbs makes this crisp wine to enjoy on a summer picnic.
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.
Pommard is known for producing fuller-bodied, iron inflected expressions of Burgundian Pinot Noir, and this 2017 from some of Génot-Boulanger’s oldest vines is a stunner. Big and ripe with notes of earthy cherry, baking spice, and blood orange zest. Decant briefly then enjoy with seared duck breast.
One of the things that makes this wine special is that the vineyards are of premier cru quality, yet maintain great value. Aged for a year plus in barrel, Bouvier’s wine develops complex layers of flavor. Elegant and balanced, this is a wine to enjoy with your friends over cheese and charcuterie.
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.
Robert Chevillon’s wines have been described as “perplexing beauty”. He uses traditional practices in his winemaking, yet makes anything but cookie-cutter Burgundy. His old vine Nuits Saint Georges has elevated structure, pronounced acidity & pairs perfectly with braised lamb.
English Hill, planted in 2005, is an 8.5 acre vineyard located just miles from the Pacific Ocean. This maritime influence and exposure to the elements keeps the wine light, fresh, and oceanic. This wine expands on the palate, showing notes of coastal forest floor, baking spice, dried tea, and herbs.
Craving earthy, freshness-driven Pinot on a budget? Need a break from Burgundy or Sonoma? Give this Alsatian beauty a try. A bit more high-toned than most Burgundies, with gorgeous freshness and citrus-laden fruit, it is the perfect order for roast poultry.
This bottling is anything but ordinary. The wines are quiet masterpieces of terroir delineation and fruit purity, honestly made without flash or artifice. Pierre was the régisseur for Domaine Leflaive for 20 years, in which he converted both Domaine Leflaive's and his own to organics.
The stunning Burgundies from Follin Arbelet are some of the most compelling Pinots we sell - pure and intense, with a deep with stony freshness and gorgeous bright fruit framed by well-balanced structure. Their Aloxe villages is deep, complex, and earthy with serious promise for the future.
Henri Gouges, along with Marquis D’Angerville, were some of the first producers to demand estate bottling after a series of fraud. This Villages wine is fresher than some of his other pinots, but still has notes of black cherries, earth, & integrated tannins. Enjoy in a few years to get the most out of this bottle.
Edelbauer Pinot Noir Geheimnisroll und Wunderschon NV
Christoph Edelbauer is deeply committed to biodynamic winemaking, ensuring that every vine, grape, and earthworm are properly taken care of, and that is evident in every bottle. As it says in German right on the label, this tart, velvety pinot noir is “full of passion, precision, and feeling.”
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.