Italy Piedmont

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  • 60 in stock
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Alessandria, Fratelli 2018 Verduno Pelaverga

I think that tasting Pelaverga should be a transparent wine experience. I want Pelaverga to show vivacity and freshness. Too ripe and you lose the lift and charming white pepper, savory herbs, and bright current fruit that’s key to a distinctive expression. Alessandria’s has it all: lively bright color, peppery and fruity, graceful and energetic on the palate. Pelaverga is versatile at the table – a red wine for fish, able to handle some spice and heat, quite brilliant with vegetables. I love this bottle! Jamie Wolff

  • red
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  • Organic
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Avondo 1980 Gattinara

When opened a few hours beforehand, this wine showed notes of sour cherry, under-ripe raspberry and red forest fruit on the nose, along with some signs of development: undergrowth and dried mushroom. The palate carries a faint touch of oak spice, vanilla, and a hint of smoke.

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Barale 2014 Barolo

2014 was a challenging vintage in the Langhe, with hailstorms, rain and a relatively cool summer leading to uneven ripening and variable quality. Fortunately for us, the high standards that we are used to from our friends are Barale didn't drop, and while the 2014 Barolos aren't as concentrated or deep as the 2013s or 2010s,  they offer a lot of pleasure to those inclined to drink their nebbiolo younger. The normale bottling comes from the vineyards of Castellero, Preda, and Monrobiolo, and shows classic notes of dried cherry, dried rose, earth, and warm spice, lifted by good acidity. A great option while you wait for other Barolo in your cellar to mature. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic

Barale 2014 Barolo Castellero

Castellero is located in the village of Barolo, between the more famous vineyards of Bussia and Cannubi. This steep slope is composed of well-draining calcareous marl which are perfectly suited to Nebbiolo. This site is planted to the historic Michet, Rosè and Lampia clones of Nebbiolo, and propagated by massale selection. The Castellero is deeper and shows more concentration than the normale bottling, with notes of cherry, red forest fruit, dried spices, herbs, floral notes of rose and violet, sweet spice, and undergrowth. Pair with roasted red meat or game, or cellar for a few decades. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic

Barale 2015 Barolo

The Barale Barolo is a blend of fruit from 3 vineyards (all in the town of Barolo): Castellero, Monrobiolo di Bussia, and Preda. The 2015 has good depth and extract, but it seems completely effortless in it’s elegance – this is wine that feels like it just exists – it hasn’t been forced in any aspect. In April it was aromatically seductive, with lovely orange peel and eucalyptus, silky tannin, and a long, expansive finish. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 17 in stock
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  • Organic

Barale 2016 Barbaresco Serraboella

This beautiful Barbaresco comes from 40 to 50 year old vines planted in Serraboella, the most elevated point on the highest hill of Neive, with quite extreme diurnal shifts in temperature leading to an elegant and lifted style of Nebbiolo. The nose opens with notes of soft spice, sandalwood, dried roses, violets, and macerated cherry. The palate is rich, yet taut, showing beautiful flavors of dried cherry, forest fruit, dried orange peel, more spice and sandalwood. The tannins are present but well integrated, and this wine has acidity for days. What struck me the most upon tasting at the cantina was the intensity of flavor and complexity that builds to a beautiful crescendo and an incredibly long finish. Drinking well now with a long decant, this will only improve in your cellar. A fantastic value.  Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 15 in stock
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  • Organic

Barale 2017 Dolcetto d'Alba Le Rose

Barale's Dolcetto d'Alba is a very charming wine, with pretty violet floral tones and soft red/black fruit (plum, wild raspberry, redcurrants). The vines grow on calcareous marl soils in Monforte d'Alba at 450 meters above sea level, and while this wine is very easy-drinking, it is by no means simple, with great acidity and medium, very well integrated tannins giving it a pleasing structure. This would be a perfect addition to any summer barbecue or cookout. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 16 in stock
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  • Organic
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Barale 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo

Checking in on 2017. Cherry, violets, roses, and rust (iron) on the nose. It doesn't offer quite the density of 2016, but shows plenty of energy and brio on the palate—raspberry, sour cherry, a touch of iodine earthiness keepsthings upright. Ripe tannins and fresh acidity lend lift and brightness. A fine pairing with polenta with sautéed porcini and pretty cracking with roasted squash and sage. Barale may be one of our most consistent Langhe growers, offering excellent value every year. John McIlwain

  • red
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  • Organic

Barbaresco Night + World Atlas of Wine + Jancis Robinson & Hugh Johnson - Tribeca Grill, Oct 21 2019 6-8:30pm

Just by itself, the prospect of tasting 40-50 of the best 2016 wines from Barbaresco would have me lining up. There are plenty of famous names on the list, and - thanks to Walter's demanding palate - some exciting discoveries as well. Add a copy  of the new "World Atlas of Wine" ($65 retail), the august company of authors Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson, and plenty of wonderful food  - it will be another great evening. Jamie Wolff

Some, but not all, of the wines to be tasted: Albino Rocca, Bruno Rocca, Ca' del Baio, Castello di Verduno, Ceretto, Colla, Cortese, Fontanabianca, La Ca' Nova, Luigi Oddero, Luisin, Marinacci, Marchesi di Gresy, Moccagatta, Musso, Oddero, Bondonio, Abrigo, Paitin, Quazzolo, Rabaglio, Rivetto, Socre, Sottimano, Lequio, etc etc

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Canonica, Giovanni 2014 Barolo Paiagallo

Paiagallo 2014 shows a lot of complexity for such a young wine - at first very savory and ripe, then lovely bright cherry fruit on the palate and finish.This is clearly a wine for the cellar, as behind (or perhaps under?) the beautiful clarity of fruit is that brooding core of material that will take years to fully express itself. Quite a majestic wine, and a triumph for the vintage. Jamie Wolff

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Cascina delle Rose 2016 Barbaresco Rio Sordo

This is a spectacular Barbaresco. It has the kind of balance that can only remind me of a good 1989 – a combo of great purity, complexity, promise of a long life, and yet still just plain delicious now. Tasted at the winery in May, it was open and generous, with great tension and focus, and layers of aromas and flavors (particularly orange peel and lovely savory carraway / fennel seed). After years of visiting (and selling the wines here) Cascina delle Rose is firmly on my short list. The wines should be much better known, but any cellar with pretensions to Piemontese excellence needs this wine. Jamie Wolff

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Clerico, Francesco 2015 Barbera d'Alba

All of Francesco Clerico’s wines (Barbera, Barolo, Dolcetto, and Nebbiolo) could be used in a class as textbook examples of traditional Langhe wine. Clerico’s certified-organic vines are in Bussia di Monforte (mostly in the Colonello sub-zone of Bussia Soprana, and also in Bussia Dardi), an easy walk from his cantina in Borgata Bussia Soprana - like the wines, a hamlet that feels as though time has passed by. 2015 was a good year for Barbera in general; Clerico’s is cool, deep, and lifted, with lovely balance between bright plummy fruit and earthy, savory and forest-y notes. It makes perfect sense for Thanksgiving, as it should work well with all of the varied components of the meal, even the cranberry. Jamie Wolff

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Dinner - Accomasso at Popina Oct. 23rd, 7pm at Popina 127 Colombia St, Brooklyn

In addition to the great food at Popina, we will taste Barbera 1989, Barolo 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 (a bottle of each: Rocche, Rocchette, and Rocchette Riserva), 1998, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2010.

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Fletcher, David 2016 Barbaresco Recta Pete

Dave Fletcher writes: “50% of the vineyards I work with are certified organic and the other half is under conversion. As a day job I work for one of the biggest Biodynamic producers in Barolo and Barbaresco. I believe 100% in these techniques for my own grape production and strive for better health and lower impact for the vines and their surroundings. Not wanting to contribute to an ever increasing mono-culture in the Langhe, I offset the land used for my grape production with ownership of the equivalent area in Forest, swamp and grasslands rich in biodiversity.”

I thought Fletcher’s 2015 Barbaresco was outstanding. A couple of instances of crossed-wires have thus far prevented me from tasting the 2016. We very rarely borrow anyone else’s tasting note, but in the present instance, who better than Walter Speller to help out? Jamie Wolff

"Barbaresco. Tasted blind. Mid ruby. A little reluctant on the nose. Leafy rather than fruity at this moment. Very slow to open up. Tightly built and with austere but finely chiselled tannins and long-lasting, sweet-sour cherry fruit. Still tight and truly elegant and in need of much more time. A beauty in the making. 17.5" Walter Speller  (published on jancisrobinson.com,"2016 - A Turning Point for Barbaresco", 5/29/19)

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Mascarello, Giuseppe 2007 Barolo Monprivato

1) this is the lowest price we can find listed for this wine; 2) per the request of our friend who gave us the wine to sell, 100% of the sale price will be donated to the ACLU.

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Principiano, Ferdinando 2015 Barolo Serralunga

Principiano's Barolo Serralunga comes from two crus:  Lirano, and the younger vine portion of Boscareto, the historic vineyard that abuts the famous Francia. In the 2015 vintage there will be no single cru bottling of Boscareto from Principiano, and so all the grapes are going into the Barolo Serralunga. This wine shows a beautiful light ruby color in the glass, with faint hints of brick red. The nose is deep and complex, with cherry, red fruit, rose and sandalwood combining in a balanced expression of classic Barolo. The palate shows the ripe nature of the 2015 vintage with quite open and approachable fruit, and once again that note of sandalwood and spice. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 15 in stock
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Principiano, Ferdinando NV Dosset (Dolcetto)

Cowabunga! A Piemontese wine at only 10.5% abv. I would say that's unheard of, yet here it is. Principiano's incredibly charming and utterly delicious Dosset (the name for Dolcetto in the regional dialect) is a beauty: light, fruit-forward and energetic on the palate, with soft tannins and lively acidity. The Dosset shows vibrant fruit notes of cherry, forest berries, red current and red plum, with beautiful floral tones of rose and violet. Very light when first opened, with some air it fleshes out a bit, and a purple plummy note creeps in, along with a hint of spice. Great with a slight chill, this wine is perfect with a summer barbecue. Oskar Kostecki

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1967 Barbaresco

Not the Riserva, but no slouch, this wine is still alive and drinking. It may even show a bit more fruit that the '67 Riservas. With proper handling (time to rest, and proper decanting) this is a real treat.

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Produttori del Barbaresco 1970 Barbaresco

Black cherry and kirsch flavors are underlined by subtle hints of bresaola, dark chocolate, and fresh earth. It's not a powerful vintage, but nevertheless impresses with its lightness, litheness, and elegance (2/28/16).  Jonas Mendoza

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Rinaldi, Giuseppe 2013 Barolo Tre Tine

Allowing for the fact that wine is a very subjective experience, I like to think that I call it as I see it. So I believe I’d know if it was a disaster, but otherwise I’m irrational and unreliable on the subject of G. Rinaldi. When I’m there, I wander around in a kind of stupor of infatuation with the wines. My penetrating notes (for 2013 Tre Tine, for example) say things like “super-great” [full stop]. I suppose if I have to have a wine crush, it might as well be on one of the best wineries in the world. Jamie WolffPS: Please don’t shoot the messenger. We don’t make the prices (neither, so far as I can tell, do the Rinaldis, because the wines leave the cellar at very reasonable prices). We’re well into the world of luxury goods here, and all I can do is sigh and make puppy dog eyes at the bottles while they’re in the shop. I do think it’s an objective fact that these are great wines and even if it’s a gratuitous comparison, they are the superior of many far more expensive wines.

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  • Organic
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Roagna 1982 Vino da Tavola Crichet Paje

Crichet Paje comes from some very old vines in the Paje vineyard. Luca Roagna explains that for years  "because of the complications of local regulation we had to choose between callling the wine Barbaresco, or Crichet Paje — we could not call it Barbaresco Crichet Paje, so we chose to call it Crichet Paje... Crichet Paje is intended to be a unique and particular wine, an expression of our identity." It wasn't until 1996 that they were able to label the Crichet Paje as "Barbaresco Crichet Paje".

  • red
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Roagna 2013 Langhe Rosso (Nebbiolo)

This is a spectacular bottle, multiples better than most Barolo or Barbaresco. I’m going to keep a few bottles for the long term, but it’s absolutely delicious now. Beautifully transparent, complete, satisfying, and everything one could hope for in young Nebbiolo. Made in the same manner as the Barolo and Barbarescos - 60 day macerations, etc. Jamie Wolff

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Rovero 2016 Grignolino d'Asti

We mostly taste Grignolinos that are dark, heavy, very tannic, lacking the freshness and charm that “correct” Grignolino shows. I think Rovero’s is textbook: light colored, aromatic of flowers, tart red fruit, with light tannins, and crisp acidity – all of this adding-up to a wine that I’d call charming for it’s easy drinkability, but underpinned by enough structure to keep it interesting. This, btw, is a red wine that is delicious a bit chilled, and it’s very versatile at the table. Jamie Wolff

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  • Organic
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Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2015 Dolcetto d'Alba

Last May we tried a ton of Dolcetto in the company of two distinguished tasters who kept saying they didn’t like Dolcetto, which tends to put a damper on the experience. Sandri’s, however, made them sit up and take notice, so I give them credit for staying alert and flexible enough to change their minds. It’s bracingly juicy with wild brambly fruit that’s balanced with savoury herbs and chalky stone. Medium-bodied, very lively and lifted, it’s long and complete. I happen to like Dolcetto, but if they were all half as good as this one I might say I love it. Jamie Wolff


Since the Fall cooking around my house is Piemonte-centric, I would be remiss for not including Cascina Disa's wines in my top choices for autumnal wines. Elio Sandri makes fabulous reds in Monforte d’Alba (Perno), which offer sophistication (though not flashiness) and also express terroir and Langhe soul beautifully. The 2015 Dolcetto is dark-fruited with ripe aromas of violets, blackberry, black cherry, plum, and pencil lead. The supple, but racy palate offers more dark fruit flavors over well-knit tannins and a succulent, buoyant finish. Fabulous with salumi, smashing with a cheese plate after dinner. This has a fine ratio of generous fruit to structure to terroir detail without any of the heat or excess that sometimes characterizes the vintage. I’m regularly impressed by the wines from Elio Sandri and can say without hesitation that he is a grower to watch. John McIlwain

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  • Organic

Sandri, Elio (Cascina Disa) 2017 Barbera d'Alba

Sandri’s 2017 Barbera is a beauty.  I might as well say tell you now: it has 15° alcohol. This is becoming quite common in Piedmont; some winemakers / some wines can handle it, and Sandri seems to have it figured out – at any rate the wine isn’t hot or overblown. It’s a Monforte wine – structured, savory, with lovely balanced black fruit, somewhat restrained; it’s a big wine, but has grace and energy. This is a Barbera that will benefit from a little time in the cellar to unwind and show it’s best, although you can promote the same result if you give it a couple of hours in a decanter. At the moment I’m writing (July), it strikes me as a perfect barbeque wine! Jamie Wolff

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Versio, Francesco 2016 Barbaresco

Perhaps Francesco Versio is just young-looking… He has to have a lot of energy for his very demanding day job (winemaker at Luigi Oddero with Dante Scaglione) and yet he is also making his own excellent Barbaresco. The 2016 is about 65% from San Cristoforo and the balance from Cotta and Starderi (all in Neive). Tasted in late June the wine was showing gorgeously, very open and complete, savory with delicate citrusy aromatics, and beautifully balanced – a super elegant and refined Barbaresco. Jamie Wolff

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  • Organic

Italy Tuscany

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Fornacina 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva

Fornacina only produces their riserva bottling in their very best vintages. From 100% Sangiovese Grosso selected from vineyards in Castelnuovo dell'Abate, a charming village hanging over the Abbey de Sant'Antimo a couple kilometers south of Montalcino. This riserva wine is vinified in stainless steel for thirty days before  spending 48 months in the huge Slavonian oak casks traditional to the region. After this, the wine spends another twelve months in bottle before being released to the market. This allows an extraordinary delicacy of tannic texture that belies this wine's immense power. This is on the spicier side for Brunello, with notes of morello cherry and plum enrobed in silken hints of baking spices like cinnamon, vanilla, and licorice. Full bodier, rich, and elegant, this wine is fantastic with braised meats, filet mignon, wine-based stews, and osso buco. Andrew Farquhar

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  • Biodynamic
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Monte Bernardi 2015 Colli Della Toscana Centrale IGT Tzingana

A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot, this is the only Super Tuscan we carry in the store, and an anomaly within the character. Not over-extracted or over-oaked, this is a brighter and fresher expression, with a beautiful mix of red and black fruit and ample acidity. Notes of dried herbs and hay round out the palate. Great now, this will only improve with time. Oskar Kostecki

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  • Biodynamic
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  • Organic
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Italy White

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Bianco, Marco 2011 Moscato d'Asti "Crivella"

Crivella is made with fruit from Bianco’s oldest vines, including some planted in the mid 1800s by Riccardo’s great-great-something grandfather; such old vines are extremely rare, and while they produce very little fruit, it’s impossible for Riccardo to even think about replacing them. At a tasting in the shop a customer said, “Like Sauternes with bubbles!” which was a lovely way to describe the wine and its rich and unctuous character. made lively with fizz. While there’s no botrytis, Crivella is much more complex and detailed than all but the very best Sauternes. I’ve certainly never tasted anything like it — a stunning wine. Jamie Wolff Moscato d'Asti is usually a fairly light and simple affair, but this bottling has gravitas to stand up to the most complex, aged cheeses. If an old Stilton and Port sounds a bit much, try this invigorating Moscato for a bit of a lighter approach. John Rankin

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Fongoli 2018 Umbria Trebbiano Maceratum

A perennial favorite of ours! This is one of the most eagerly awaited skin contact wines for us, and the 2018 vintage does not disappoint. Made from the distinct Trebbiano Spoletino grape grown in the hills around Montefalco in Umbria. The grapes are hand-harvested in late October, fermented on the skins for 10 days, with daily punch-downs to extract color and structure. The wine is copper-colored and the nose is an explosion of stone fruit, peach nectar, preserved lemon, pungent blossom, tea leaves, chamomile, and dried hay. The aromatic complexity continues on the palate, with great phenolic grip, ripe tannins, and a hint of dried spices. Unlike some of its cousins, Trebbiano Spoletino keeps its acidity late into the growing season, and so the Maceratum has a fresh edge to all of its denser and more rounded elements. A near-perfect orange wine. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 27 in stock
  • $32.99

  • white sparkling
  • 15 in stock
  • no discount
  • $26.99

Foradori 2018 IGT Vignetti delle Dolomiti Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco

Manzoni Bianco is an early 20th-century crossing of Riesling and Pinot Bianco, and is almost exclusively planted in a small corner of the Dolomites. Elisabetta Foradori has a small 3 hectare parcel above the town of Trento, farmed biodynamically on clay-limestone soils. Though the wine only sees 3 or 4 days of skin maceration, there is a wonderful richness and texture to the Manzoni, coupled with notes of citrus, citrus peel, honeysuckle, almond, and a definitive herbal character running through it. Very expressive. The wine ages mostly in acacia barrels, with 15% in clay. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white sparkling
  • 46 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

  • white
  • 23 in stock
  • $39.99

  • white sparkling
  • 82 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

  • white
  • 13 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $58.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 48 in stock
  • $18.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 19 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $19.99

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $19.99

La Visciola 2015 Passerina del Frusinate IGT Donna Rosa

Passerina is a grape that I have little experience with beyond the wines of La Visciola in Lazio, which is a real shame given the depth of flavor a lifted texture the wines show.  An obscure variety native to Lazio (and possibly distinct from a grape also named Passerina that grows along Italy’s Adriatic coast). The 2015 shows a more lifted character than the 2014.  The nose is fairly tight on opening, giving notes of tart apple and pear leading into thyme and white flowers after a few minutes in the glass.  Medium body with a soft texture and crisp acidity, the flavors show more candied lemon peel, green apple, and tart pear.  Try it with grilled fish, potato or white pizza, soft cheese, or cured pork. Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 29 in stock
  • $24.99

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 16 in stock
  • $16.99

Mani di Luna 2017 Umbria IGT Il Barrato Bianco

Mani di Luna is a small winery in Umbria that was started in 2012, with the idea of working bio-dynamically, and producing natural wines. Though it's called "Trebbiano," this white is primarily Trebbiano Toscano (otherwise known as Procanico), with small percentages of Malvasie, Grechetto, and Riesling. This is a white that does not disappoint, providing subtle floral and stone fruit aromas, medium weight and a lot of character. Full bodied and distinct enough to work on it's own, while it should also be a great pairing to sauce-based seafood dishes and asian cuisine.   EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $19.99

  • white sparkling off-dry
  • 10 in stock
  • no discount
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • $29.99

  • white
  • 9 in stock
  • $37.99

  • white
  • 17 in stock
  • $18.99

  • white
  • 8 in stock
  • $33.99

Oltretorrente 2014 Timorasso Colli Tortonese

Oltretorrente has produced a wonderful Timorasso since they were founded in 2010 by Chiara Penati and Michele Conoscenti. The vines, planted in 1996, are tended organically with biodynamic practices and the grapes are vinified simply: the bunches are pressed whole-cluster and fermented with native yeasts in steel, resting on the lees for 8 months to lend texture and complexity.  A touch golden in the glass, the wine shows strong aromas of ripe peach, honey, beeswax, and yellow flowers.  The palate has some weight with a smooth texture, plenty of acidity, and rich stone fruit over a chalky mineral backbone.  Simultaneously rich and crisp this wine would be a great match for more assertive dishes; try it with asparagus and hollandaise, cured cheese, risotto Milanese, honey-basted chicken, or white pizza.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 20 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Orto di Venezia 2016 Sant'Erasmo Bianco

Orto di Venezia is a striking wine grown on the island of San Erasmo within the lagoon of Venice.  Based on Malvasia Istriana but comprised of a number of other local cultivars all planted on its own root stock, the wine is deeply colored in the glass, with a nose reminiscent of ripe golden apples and honeysuckle undercut by a salty tone. The palate is bold, with an initial attack of juicy orchard fruit and rich texture, followed by a honeyed note giving way to a long savory finish. More than anything else, Orto shows a stern backbone of minerality bracing its mellow acidity and weight on the palate.  I served it with shrimp cooked with their own stock and butter, but this wine would pair beautifully with anything out of the sea, soft cheese, or rich vegetable dishes. Open early and serve slightly chilled.  Andy Paynter

  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Organic
  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $74.99

  • white fortified sweet
  • 10 in stock
  • $11.99

  • white
  • 31 in stock
  • $10.99

Pranzegg 2015 Vino Bianco Caroline

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier and Manzoni froma  small .6 hectare parcel above the town of Bolzano. The vines are only 10 years old, but are already producing  a beautiful, textured white wine, that is both weighty and elegant. Quite floral on the nose, the palate shows notes of white blossom, ripe citrus, apricot, honey, and crushed vitamin candies. Decant before serving, or age for another few years. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 11 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Biodynamic
  • white
  • 12 in stock
  • $26.99

Ronco Severo 2017 Colli Orientali Pinot Grigio

 This is an orange wine made from late-harvest Pinot Grigio, which is fermented on its skins for about a month, gently pressed, and then raised on the lees for an additional 23 months. However, because Pinot Grigio has much more pigment in the skins than other white grapes, the extended skin contact causes it to look and drink like a very light red wine.  A beautiful salmon color in the glass, the nose opens with notes of tropical red fruit and guava, as well as mandarin orange, a hint of red berry fruit, and spice. The palate shows more citrus, with blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, grapefruit peel and more pungent spice. Very well integrated but significant tannins coupled with great acidity. Oskar Kostecki

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $34.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 45 in stock
  • $22.99

  • white
  • 26 in stock
  • $16.99

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $39.99

Misc. Italy

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $33.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $49.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $16.99

  • red
  • 48 in stock
  • $15.99

Ausonia 2015 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Anfora

Ausonia’s Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Anfora is made using an ancient method of fermenting and storing wine in clay vessel (or amphora) which originated in Georgia and was used by the Greeks and Romans for centuries. The amphora helps protect the wine from oxidation and gives the wine a tannic and earthy, yet mineral-driven character.  Ruby red in color, this Montepulciano has an intense aroma of red fruits, sweet spices, dried flowers and turned earth. The palate is full-bodied and complex with a dense core, lush tannins, bright acidity, and flavors of ripe cherry, raspberry compote, dark chocolate, dried violets and a distinct minerality. The finish is long and earthy and full of licorice and herbal notes. This wine would make an excellent complement to hearty dishes, red meats, roasted vegetables, and grilled mushrooms. Anna DeBeer

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 61 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $18.99

Cornelissen, Frank 2012 Etna CS (Chiusa Spagnola) Munjebel Rosso No. 9

The newest member of the MunJebel family – acquired by complete coincidence:  Frank was tending one of his plots when he noticed a vineyard with promising looking vines, but grass so unkempt that it towered above the bush-trained vines.  After a bit of inquiring, he found that the land belonged to one of his workers and was able to negotiate a lease.  The vines needed a lot of work, but after the pruning he realized that the vineyard was ungrafted and decided to bottle it as a new MunJebel.  Stylistically it falls somewhere between the MC and VA in weight and acidity.  The flavors also seem to run more herbaceous and savory, but by no means under-ripe.  Delicious, and a happy addition to the lineup.  JR

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Cornelissen, Frank 2012 Etna MC (Monte Cola) Munjebel Rosso No. 9

MunJebel “MC” is sourced entirely from Frank’s plot in the Monte Colla vineyard which produces the densest and most concentrated of his offerings.  At about 800 meters in altitude, it’s a very steep, terraced plot, with 40 year-old vines planted in the traditional alberello (little tree) training, which is thought by many to create wines with improved richness and complexity.  This is not a timid wine, and aromas of black cherry and cassis fly from the glass.  Those same fruit flavors permeate the palate for a powerful wine.  Not for the shy!  JR

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $64.99

Cornelissen, Frank 2012 Etna VA (Vigna Alta) Munjebel Rosso No. 9

“VA” stands for “Vigne Alte,” and is comprised of Frank’s oldest vines in the high-altitude crus of Barbabecchi, Guardiola, and Tartaraci. The average vine is quite old at 80+ years and, quite impressively, is grown on native rootstock. We can’t blame the Phylloxera bugs for not wanting to climb the 900+ meters some of these vines reside on. I always find the VA bottling to have the most acid, and a wonderfully lifted floral quality to the wine. In this vintage the wines have gained in depth and concentration, but if you’re after one with a lighter touch, this is it. JR

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $64.99

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $32.99

  • red
  • 28 in stock
  • $27.99

Coste di Brenta 2017 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo

Coste di Brenta Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is an easy going wine made from certified organic vineyards planted between 200 and 300 meters about 10 kilometers from the sea.  The wine is fermented in steel and is raised in third passage barrels for around a year.  It shows red cherry fruit with minty herbal tones, and a slight earthy note.  Medium bodied with balanced acid and restrained tannin it is a juicy style of Montepulciano rather than being heavy or extracted. Try it with a rich pasta dishes, pepperoni pizza, a burger, or enjoy this delicious wine all on its own. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $17.99

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Biodynamic

Foradori 2016 Vigneti delle Dolomiti Teroldego

Foradori's Teroldego feels like a benchmark. Not that there is excessive opportunity to do comparative tastings of this lesser-known grape, but of the ones that we've tried, this wine is neither over-oaked, nor reedy and thin, but always perfectly balanced in its intensity and expression. A medley of brambly red and dark fruit (blackberries, plum) interwoven with dark spice, earth and green notes of blackcurrant leaf. The 2016 vintage is quite reserved when first opened, but some air reveals its true potential. One of my favorite pairings with roast pork. It's a great testament to Elisabetta Foradori and her family, and the hard work that has been done in the vineyards and winery for nearly 40 years, that this expression of Teroldego has risen from relative obscurity to be a true staple. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 30 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic

Foradori 2018 Vigneti delle Dolomiti Teroldego Lezer 1.5 L

The ultimate summer red wine, but in grande bottiglia!

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Biodynamic

I Cacciagalli 2015 Piedirosso Roccamonfina 'Lucno'

100% Piedirosso planted at 200 meters above sea level in the volcanic soils of Roccamonfina. The wine is hand-harvested, and fermented with wild yeasts in amphora. Aging also takes place in amphora, and is then bottled unfined and unfiltered.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $26.99

  • rosé sparkling
  • 37 in stock
  • no discount
  • $13.99

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Ju Quarto

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. The Ju Quarto is sourced from a 60-year-old vineyard planted over a decomposed volcanic sand, rich in iron and showing a red hue. The wine is vinified with native yeast in lined-cement, and rested in large barrels for around a year. It is a more delicate expression of the grape with beautiful cherry fruit and red floral tones on the nose.  The palate is light, almost airy, with bright acidity and very little tannin. Subtle rather than effusive it shows cherries, bay, and mint with a long, elegant finish.  I would pair it with less assertive food to better enjoy the delicacy of the wine; think leaner charcuterie, pasta, simply-prepared fish, poached chicken, or with Caprese salad. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Mozzata

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. The Mozzatta is the most assertive cuvée from the estate, made from 60-year-old vines planted on a “grey, clay soil,” that is a clay with some degree of incorporated limestone. Like the other reds it is vinified with native yeast in lined-cement (though with the addition of 20% whole cluster rather than being entirely destemmed) and then rested in large barrels for around a year.  The result is a much more assertive style of Cesanese with more earthy flavors.  The nose is brooding, showing pine needle and forest floor over ripe red fruit and black pepper spice.  The body is quite full with grippy tannins and plenty of acidity though it shows deeper flavors rather than extra weight on the palate.  The finish is dry and quite mineral.  Try it with grilled sausage, chops, rich vegetable dishes, carbonara or other full-flavored pastas. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $38.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Vicinale

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. Sourced from the same vineyard as the Passerina wines the estate produces, the 2015 Vicinale is the most approachable Cesanese from La Visciola.  The nose carries hallmark flavors of tart and brambly red fruit with herbal tones of bay spice and pepper plant.  The palate is quite light with whispery tannins, and tart, fresh acidity carrying plenty of red raspberry and cherry fruit with a slight menthol tone leading into a dry finish.  As with all Cesanese wines, I can't imagine enjoying this without food: give it a shot with margherita pizza, red sauce pastas, charcuterie, semi-firm cheese, or of course with pasta carbonara for a truly classic pairing.  Andy Paynter 

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

La Visciola 2015 Cesanese del Piglio DOCG Vignali

Cesanese is perhaps the most “important” indigenous red grape of Lazio, capable of making fresh red wines with intense perfume and delicate structure. The reds from La Visciola are all varietal Cesanese from different plots showing distinct features of this underappreciated grape. The Vignale plot was planted in the 1960s on a soil of mixed sand and clay.  It is vinified with native yeast in lined-cement, and rested in large barrels for around a year. The Vignale shows a more definitely spicy nose with black pepper, allspice, and fruit tones of cherry and orange zest with dried bay leaves.  The palate has a fairly rich texture with fine-grained tannin and restrained acidity, showing poise but with a bit more heft than the Ju Quarto.  The Vignale will pair easily and widely; try it with everything from pizza and simple veggie dishes to carbonara, pork chops, or roasted mushrooms. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $25.99

Le Strie 2014 Rosso di Valtellina

Azienda Agricola Le Strie is a tiny property located in Valtellina, composing a little over 1 hectare of vines located in Sassella and Valgella subzones, producing around 7,500 bottles annually. The grapes are farmed organically, hand-harvested, and fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. The subsequent wine ages for about 18 months in large botti. The Le Strie Rosso di Valtellina has a wonderful nose of raspberries, red and black cherries, red plum, rose, and crushed violets. The palate is precise, at once delicate and lifted, but also carrying intensity, with soft tannins and bright acidity. With a hint of earthiness, this wine worked beautifully with a mushroom risotto.  Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $28.99

  • red
  • 16 in stock
  • $21.99

Masseria del Pino 2016 Etna Rosso I Nove Fratelli

From a one hectare site of 120 year-old vines planted on the slopes of Mount Etna, this is volcanic wine at its best. The nose opens with a lovely bouquet of ripe raspberry and overripe strawberry, red currant, macerated cherry, deep red forest fruits, and dried orange peel. There are hints of nutmeg and other pungent spices, sage, thyme, and a hint of something green, perhaps tomato vine. On the palate it is medium bodied, with bright acidity and medium but soft, very finely integrated tannins. The palate introduces more citrus (blood orange) and pomegranate on top of the red fruit. The volcanic minerality really shines here, melding the fruit and herbal notes with ash and smoke. There is beautiful grip and intensity on the palate, which leads to an incredibly long finish. Paired perfectly with grilled sausages, but this is a very versatile food wine. Drink now with an hour's decant, this will continue improving for the next 10+ years. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $48.99

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $55.99

Montoni 2016 IGT Sicilia Nero d'Avola Lagnusa

The Lagnusa Nero d’Avola vines ranging in age from 20-50 years old, and they give the wine remarkable depth and complexity. It has an opulent, silky texture, but it’s also a juicy and racy wine, with intense red cherry fruit, herbs like mint and thyme, and a hauntingly long stony finish. This shows the quality of much more expensive wine, and it’s full-on competition for the best Nero d’Avola from Vittoria and Pachino. Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 55 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $33.99

Pranzegg 2014 Mitterberg Lagrein Laurenc

From 15 year old vines planted in both guyot and pergola training systems, Pranzegg's Lagrien is fermented with submerged cap for 4 weeks, and is a deeper expression of "mountain wine."Notes of dark fruit (blackberry, plum, and cassis) mingle with mineral notes wet stone and graphite. Framed by quite bright acidity, this is a great food wine, and will pair well with anything from a steak or roast pork, to a burger or barbacue. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $36.99

  • Biodynamic

Pranzegg 2014 Mitterberg Schiava / Vernatsch Campill

Pranzegg 2014 Schiava (Vernatsch) Campill. From 50-year-old biodynamically farmed vines fermented partial whole cluster. 12% abv. Medium dark garnet translucent robe. The nose offers an array of brambly hedge fruits with black and red currant, wild blackberry, and pomegranate aromas dominating, with faint notes of wet bark, dusty violets, blackberry seed, and game peeking around the edges. On the lighter-side-of-mid-weight palate, the wild berry flavors vie with salty and ferrous soil notes for attention, giving way to to notes of plum skin, and cassis, with a mouthwatering, savory acidity propelling the finish. Great balance between fruit, earth, and freshness. A fine pairing with tagliolini with Prosciutto San Daniele, radicchio, and poppy seeds, but I could see this with roasted pigeon on red wine bruschetta, or gnocchi with speck and Grana Padano. Martin Gojer makes such vibrant and gratifying wines. It’s almost embarrassing that I don’t drink them with more frequency. John McIlwain

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Biodynamic
  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $299.99

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $28.99

Ronchi di Cialla 2018 Colli Orientali del Friuli Rosato

The Ronchi di Cialla Rosato is made entirely from Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso and in the few years that it has been produced has quickly become a feature on our shelves every spring. It is certified organic, fermented on native yeast in steel tanks, and bottled after a few months on the lees. The 2018 has wonderful bright acidity and fine structure, with elegant, husky minerality on the nose and a bit of funk on the palate wrapped in fine, fresh strawberry notes. Perfect as an aperitif or with any manner of Mediterranean feasting options like mezze, cured olives, anchovies, aged sheep's milk cheese, hummus, or the traditional Istrian stew of Trieste, Jota. Andrew Farquhar

  • rosé
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic

Tecce, Luigi 2013 Taurasi Riserva Puro Sangue

In the words of our friend Ernest from PortoVino: "It’s the mediaeval elixir that the monks saved in the monasteries when Rome was burning." 2013 was the first vintage that Luigi Tecce has released of this wine, a small parcel of ancient Aglianico clones planted in 2000 using the cordone speronato trellising system. The yields here are about half of Tecce's other vineyards, and the wine carries a depth and density that justifies its name. There is beautiful intensity on both the nose and palate, with heady aromas of macerated black cherry, blueberry, and fig, with a smoky mineral/volcanic underbelly and a touch of balsamic. The 2013 is starting to show some slight notes of development, but its still clearly a baby, and will be rewarded with decades in the cellar. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $87.99

Tecce, Luigi 2016 Irpinia Campi Taurasini Satyricon

2016 was a near perfect vintage in Taurasi, with just the right amount of rain and temperatures remaining stable throughout the growing season, leading to very classic, structured wines with a lot of tension. Satyricon comes from a 1.5 ha, southwest-facing parcel at 550 meters above sea level. Notes of black cherry, kirsch, and wild black forest fruit interweave with hints of tar, roasted meat, and bitter dark chocolate. The wine has great structure, with very well-integrated medium plus tannins offset by great acidity. A pleasure now, this will have a long life ahead of it, and I wouldn't hesitate aging this for ten to fifteen years. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $44.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $59.99

Vinica 2011 Tintilia del Molise Lame del Sorbo

Tasting Vinica’s Tintilia makes me wonder how this grape ever fell out of favor in Molise in the first place. It seems particularly well adapted to the high altitude vineyards of the region, showing a balance between ripe fruit and fresh acidity. The grapes are crushed at low pressure and allowed to ferment naturally in open top vessels before being held in steel tanks for two years. There is no temperature control at any point, which allows malolactic fermentation to occur naturally over time. The wine has a pleasant herbal tone of green pepper that peaks out on the nose over tart berry fruit, red roses, and moist earth. The palate is quite fresh and marked by bright acidity and soft tannins with a pleasant, earthy finish. This may not be a wine to cellar for ten years but it is a wine that casually conveys a sense of joy and is a carefree food pairing choice. Give it a try with rich pasta dishes, roast pork, stuffed mushrooms or open it at your next summer barbeque. Andy Paynter

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $19.99