Made especially for Dedalus! The amazing folks of Presqu’ile Winery have produced and bottled this Pinot Noir exclusively for us. Hailing from a special microclimate in Santa Barbara, this lush and fruit-driven expression checks all the right boxes.
This incredibly aromatic wine is a blend of all the white allstars from the South of France - Semillon, Marsanne, and Viognier. It is full-bodied and floral, tropical-fruited and complex. Try this with your next Szechuan take-out dinner!
Taking after his father and his legendary winemaking, Adrien Renoir is making a statement in their appellation as he converts their farming to biodynamic, making fresh bubbles with finesse. His ‘Le Terrior’ cuvee is 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, bone-dry, bold flavor, with a gorgeous, long finish.
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 cellYou 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.
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.
“Saignee” means “to bleed” in French, a reference to the process by which this Champagne gets its color. The skins are left to macerate for a few hours, imparting the natural pigments of the dark grapes, and then juices are “bled” off. This results in a rich color, and a full bodied style of rose, perfect for food.
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.
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.
This medium-bodied, balanced, fruity and mineral Pinot Noir is undeniably delicious. With freshness and finesse, it delivers everything we want with a roast chicken dinner. It is expressive and nuanced and we can’t get enough.
Few producers are as synonymous as their village as Simon Bize and Savigny-Les-Beaune. Experience winemaker Chisa Bize in all her glory. Their house style includes whole cluster fermentation and little to no oak, making for a bright and fresh expression of this famous village.
At Rhys, they believe quality comes from the vineyard before it comes from the winery. They implement biodynamic practices amongst the vines, and a low-intervention approach in the winery. This wine is thrillingly complex and speaks true to its place of origin.
Joseph Swan Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Solas 2014
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.
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.
Chantereves Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune Paris l'Hôpital 2018
Straight-forward and to the point, this Pinot Noir isn’t messing around. Grown on granite, this structured wine showcases earthy mushrooms and fresh Rainier cherries. This is the perfect wine to enjoy with our charcuterie, ratatouille, or a rich stew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dominique Lafon has been referred to as the “pied piper” of organic & biodynamic farming in the region of Burgundy & a true steward of the vineyard where every step of the winemaking process is hands-on. The Volnay is drinking well already, with it’s silken texture, fruit purity & weightlessness.
Simon Bize Savigny les Beaune Les Fornaux 1er Cru 2018
Winemaker Chisa Bize has outdone herself with this incredibly complex 1er Cru bottle. Look out for a high toned bouquet of dried flowers, red currants, plums, and something vaguely reminiscent of smoked meats. A true masterpiece worthy of any hearty, savory, main dish.
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.
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.
Chandon de Briailles Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses 2017
This historic estate was founded in 1834, and transitioned fully to organics in 1998, then biodynamics in 2005. The bouquet is fresh and detailed, featuring mineral-rich dark berry fruit laced with bay leaf and black tea. This wine is the essence of “terroir-expressive”.
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.
Food friendly, versatile and perfect with a slight chill. They're BBQ All-Stars.