Vibrant vines in Alto-Adige! (Pranzegg website)

Incredibly Drinkable & Refreshingly Unique: Dazzling Italian wines from Pranzegg, Mortellito, and more!

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We’ve got a motley crew of tasty bottles here - and we know how excited our customers get when we unleash the weird, the crazy, and the oh-so beautiful. From fizzy skin-contact oranges to high acid, chillable reds, today’s offer is a rainbow of expressions from some of our favorite low-intervention estates in Italy. That said, all of the wines included in this newsletter are exceptionally drinkable. Nothing better than something that is both interesting and approachable! Get ready for your picnic partners to exclaim, “This is delicious! I’ve never had anything like it!”

We're thrilled about our most recent drop of Pranzegg wines from Alto-Adige, which includes two of the bottles featured below. Chambers Street had a fateful introduction to the estate years ago at the huge Italian wine fair, VinItaly. After tasting the wines and a visit to the vineyards, it became clear that we needed to work with the producer. Martin Gojer, who took over in 2008, immediately began Pranzegg's conversion to biodynamics. These bottles are truly special.

The Rosso Frizzante Miau! 2020 has great color - clear but juicy ruby. The nose is full of fruit with crisp red apple, white flowers, snappy green stems, and pine needles. Flavors of red citrus, apple skin, crushed dark minerals, watermelon rind, and tangy cherry. Great blanket of firm bubbles excite the tongue and there is a tannic touch on the gums. High acid carries the wine's clean fruit. Sunday afternoon drinking? Here's a perfect choice!

A big smile from Martin of Pranzegg! (producer's website)

The 2020 Vino Rosso Leggero is a bright red cherry. On the nose smells of fresh cranberries and raspberries. A lovely softness rounds out the wines aromatic display, with violets and swaths of green grass. The palate is zesty, with plum skin, tart red berries, pomegranate seeds, and a dark, stony minerality. On the finish, a hint of savory spice falls on the tongue. High acid, hint of tannin - give this wine a chill and be rewarded. Drink one of these and you'll be back for more!

A big smile from Dario of Mortellito (prod. website)

Today, we're also incredibly happy to share the wines Mortellito from Sicily, far from Pranzegg in Northern Italy. Located in the Val di Noto, the Mortellito vines share this coastal land with olive and almond trees. Led by Dario Serrentino in a fashion that we definitely appreciate at Chambers. According to Porto Vino, Mortellito's importer, "There’s never been any chemical interventions in the vineyards, and there’s an intentional hands-off approach in the cellar, with a minimum of sulphur added at bottling." As for winemaker himself: "Dario has always worked on the family farm in one form or another (his heirloom almonds were actually his first love). He changed careers from  social worker and part-time farmer to full-time vignaiolo with his first bottling in 2014." We have two fantastic wines to offer from this Sicilian estate - not to be missed!

The nose of the 2021 Calaincu Vino Bianco is zesty, with flavors of salted apricot, citrus peel, and zingy green herbs. Flavors of saline, lemon-drops and lemon grass. On the finish, a lovely, savory/sweet note of tangerine persists. Medium acidity and a great swish on this great summer sipper!

The 2021 Moscato Viara has a bright display of aromas on the nose, including ripe peach, white blossoms, crushed almonds and pine needles. The palate is that of lime zest, bitter lemon, and a dash of salinity. Structure has medium acidity and a whisper of grip. The finish is deliciously smoky. Just a touch off the beaten path - which is perfect!

Don't stop with these selections! Browse the bottles below and stock up on a great array of deliciously unique wines. Enjoy! David Hatzopoulos

 

Pranzegg 2020 Rosso Frizzante Miau!

Biodynamically farmed Schiava from one of our favorite estates in Alto Adige. Great color - clear but juicy ruby. The nose is full of fruit with crisp red apple, white  flowers, snappy green stems, and pine needles. Flavors of red citrus, apple skin, crushed dark minerals, watermelon rind, and tangy cherry. Great blanket of firm bubbles excite the tongue and there is a tannic touch on the gums. High acid carries the wine's clean fruit. Sunday afternoon drinking? Here's a perfect choice! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic

Pranzegg 2020 Vino Rosso Leggero

The Vino Rosso Leggero is made from mostly Schiava with a little bit of Lagrein (and a dash of other red grapes). Color is a bright red cherry. On the nose smells of fresh cranberries and raspberries. A lovely softness rounds out the wines aromatic display, with violets and swaths of green grass. The palate is zesty, with plum skin, tart red berries, pomegranate seeds, and a dark, stony minerality. On the finish, a hint of savory spice falls on the tongue. High acid, hint of tannin - give this wine a chill and be rewarded. Drink one of these and you'll be back for more! David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $25.99

  • Biodynamic
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Mortellito 2021 Terre Siciliane Calaiancu Vino Bianco

Before producing his own wines, Dario Serrentino sold his organic grapes to Sicilian winemakers like Frank Cornelissen and Lamoresca. Dario's vines are close to the sea, protected from the wind by olive and almond trees. In the glass, the is a light lemon in color. 90% Grillo and 10% Catarratto fermented together with native yeasts and macerated one night on the skins. The nose is zesty, with flavors of salted apricot, citrus peel, and zingy green herbs. Flavors of saline, lemon-drops and lemon grass. On the finish, a lovely, savory/sweet note of tangerine persists. Medium acidity and a great swish on this great summer sipper! David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Mortellito 2021 Terre Siciliane Moscato Viara

Before producing his own wines, Dario Serrentino sold his organic grapes to Sicilian winemakers like Frank Cornelissen and Lamoresca. Dario's vines are close to the sea, protected from the wind by olive and almond trees. In the glass, the is a light lemon in color. 100% Moscatella di Noto from limestone soils. Fermented with native yeasts, with a two day maceration on the skins. Wine sees malo. Elevage is 6 months in stainless tanks. In the glass, the wine is a fresh lemon in color. Great display of aromas on the nose, including ripe peach, white blossoms, crushed almonds and pine needles. The palate is that of lime zest, bitter lemon, and a dash of salinity. Structure has medium acidity and a whisper of grip. The finish is deliciously smoky. Just a touch off the beaten path - which is perfect! David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Di Giovanna 2021 Terre Siciliane Camurria Bianco (Orange)

A Sicilian estate with vines located in Sambuca di Sicilia and Contessa Entellina on the western side of the island organically tended by 5th generation winemakers, Gunther and Klaus Di Giovanna. The Cummarria 2021 is 100% Grillo, hand harvested and destemmed. Macerated 4 days on the skins in neutral barrels and stainless tanks. Fermented naturally. Elevage is 9 months in stainless with an additional 3 months in bottle before release. In the glass, the wine has a golden orange/yellow color. It is aromatically layered with strong herbal tones and savory fruit, like mandarin and nectarine. On the palate, flavors of black tea, orange peel, and black pepper lead to a finish of bitter greens and firm olive. Firm tannic bite and medium acidity create a generous, full mouthfeel. A wine a true, bold character - drink well chilled with meats and veggies from the grill! David Hatzopoulos


  • Out of Stock
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Bulli Frizzante Colli Piacentini Julius Bolle (Malvasia di Candia)

Bulli has been creating frizzante metodo ancestrale wines for five generations in Emilia-Romagna. Recently, their sparkling expressions of lesser known grapes, all with no added-sulfur, have gained a following. The Colli Piacentini Julias Bolle is 100% Malvasia di Candia. In the glass, it is a beautiful saffron orange in color. The nose, the wine has a rainbow of citrus smells, like lemon, orange, and lime. With the fruit, there are aromas of healthy herbs and pungent white and yellow flowers. On the palate, the wine is herbal, slightly vegetal (in a great way, like celery soda), and zapped with limestone freshness. The finish has a cooling note of iced black tea. Prickly bubbles pop around a slim blanket of dusty tannin. Great acidity. There is simply nothing like this - it is delicious and should not be missed! David Hatzopoulos

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Col di Luna 2020 Veneto IGT Raboso Vino Frizzante

Col di Luna produces sparkling wines at the foot of the Dolomites, with a family tradition and preference for the Brut style. Flora rosato comes from the local grape variety called Raboso, a trifecta of spice, brambly fruit, and a rather energeticacidity! The wine is fermented with a slight maceration on the skins for 12 hours, and then continues to ferment in the tank. Once the wine settles, the producer transfers the juice to the bottle, where it finishes fermentation and creates the magic fizz. This is the traditional col fondo style, and you’ll notice a bit of ‘fondo’, or sediment, in the bottle.

  • Out of Stock
  • rosé sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

La Piotta NV Provincia di Pavia Pet Nat (R)evolution

This is a textured, dry Pet-Nat of Riesling from organic vineyards in Pavia, Italy. Fermented totally dry, with zippy bubbles, and some lees left in the bottle for the hazy look. Looks aside, the lees inclusion also lends soothing texture to the wine, giving some balance to the frothy bubbles. A perfect accompaniment to any rooftop party, barbeque or picnic this Summer. -EL

  • Out of Stock
  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur