Misc. Europe

Ampelourgein 2021 Crete Liatiko

 Hailing from the eastern end of Crete high up in the central mountains between the north and south coasts. This is a pure Liatiko from original rootstock,  around 100 year old vines at an altitude of 950m!  Wild fermented, extracted  on skins for 12 hours, then aged on the lees for 2-5 months. Very pale red in color (almost rose like) and unfiltered. For pinot noir lovers with light tannins and bright brambly berries. Delicious! Giselle Hamburg

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $31.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $29.99

Bodrog Bormuhely 2017 Hungary Tokaj-Hegyalja Furmint

The Lapis Vineyard is near the town of Bodrogkeresztúr in Tokaj and looks down onto the Bodrog River and its floodplains. Despite being near to all of this moisture, botrytis only hits certain parts of the vineyard. The 1,8 ha that they farm is 155m up and in a breezy spot making dry wines possible. The soil is a mixture of rhyolite with strong brown clay soil and tufa.  If there were to be reclassification of the Tokaj vineyards, this would be a strong contender for a grand cru.  Fresh and botrytis free fruit  fermented in small used barrels. It’s all at once pure, bright and fresh, and dense with peach and lemon notes, a hint of petrol and an intense saline  minerality. The high acidity is balanced by the creamy mouthfeel from long lees and barrel ageing. An incredibly elegant and sumptuous wine fit for the Kings of yore that used to drink it, think fatty fish and fowl dishes,  creamy pastas and  full flavored cheeses. Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Domaine Tatsis (Goumenissa, Greece) 2017 Macedonia Xinomavro/Negoska 'Young Vines

From Goumenissa in central Macedonia, the ancient capital of Macedon and birthplace of Alexander the Great. One of the first Greek wineries to convert to organic viticulture in the 90s, Domaine Tatsis  can easily be seen as traditionalist in nature but they constantly experiment, doing long macerations of their native white varieties and long élevage for roses. They release their appellation Goumenissas with significant bottle aging for a true representation of the wine as it should be enjoyed. A blend of  80%Xinomavro and 20% Negoska, the nose is redolent of tomato leaf, red cherries, hazelnuts with a touch of black pepper.  Intense acidity and structure from the Xinomavro paired with the higher alcohol yet soft tannins from the Negoska dances on the tongue like a gymnast flipping through the air. For lovers of  Nebbiolo & Tuscan Sangiovese. Pair with local dishes like pork with leeks & mushrooms as well as wild boar with chestnuts and olives.GH

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $19.99

Garalis NV Lemnos (Greece) Natural Retsina Rose (500ml)

This is a delightful little (500mL) bottle of skin-contact Retsina giving it an amber-peach color. The Greek island of Lemnos is rich with volcanic soil and a tradition of adding Aleppo pine resin to create the uniquely Greek wine; Retsina. This bottling is a blend of 90% Muscat of Alexandria and 10% Limnio which are macerated on the skins for a few days, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel, then infused with pine resin. Oftentimes Retsina can be a bit overpowering with the scent of pine, but the extended skin contact fleshes out the juicy necterine and grapefruit notes of the Muscat and balances out the resin to a softer note of fresh thyme and rosemary. The palate has gentle tannins like peach fuzz, and bright Meyer lemon and stone fruit.

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $15.99

Heimann & Fiai Kekfrankos 2018 Szekszard Kekfrankos (Blaufränkisch)

Heimann and Fiai (Heimann and Sons) has been pioneering  bringing many clones of Kadarka (and some Kékfrankos ) back to life from the verge of extinction during Communism. Located near the southern border across from Serbia and Croatia on the Danube due south from Budapest, the region  was heralded for it's  wine since Roman times. Depopulated during the Ottoman occupation, families ventured back upon their departure at the end of the 17th century. Tax breaks were given to local growers to stimulate viticulture and encourage Swabian German settlers  to bring their winemaking expertise. The Heimann's are one of those original Swabian settlers and  have been making wine there since 1758!  Spontaneous fermentation, zero fining, coarsely filtered if at all, and a minimal use of SO2 at bottling. They are also aging wines in clay in addition to Hungarian oak and stainless steel.  The Birtok (estate) Kékfrankos is sourced from younger vines. Fermentation is in large wooden and stainless steel open vats  with 20-25 days of maceration, twice daily foot trodding and/or pumped over, then aged 8 months in used oak. With nearly twice as much maceration as Kadarka, there is far more texture and grip along with more fruit and earthiness. The 2018 is all earthy barnyard on the nose with plummy undertones. But the palate is surprisingly lithe on its feet with a low alcohol of 12%, lifted acidity and tannins with notes of herbaceousness and blackberries. A perfect food wine for heaps of goulash (veal stew), chicken paprikash (a spicy chicken stew) and pork shoulder. Giselle Hamburg

  • 5 in stock
  • $23.99

Sant'Or Roditis 2020 Achaia (Greece) Patra

Sant’Or wines is located outside the historical 3rd largest Greek city of Patra on the northern Peloponnese coast. They farm biodynamically, at an altitude of 600m. Roditis is Greece's second most planted grape so it's time for all you Assyrtiko lovers to discover this beauty. Very Chablisien with super minerality, notes of herbaceousness, lemon zest & salinity making for the perfect oysterpalooza wine! 

  • white
  • 7 in stock
  • $20.99

Sant'Or 2018 Achaia Agiorgitiko

Agiorgitiko is Greece's most planted grape and it's similarities to Merlot, France's most planted grape, doesn't end there. Showing a dark ruby in the glass, the nose is all plummy and earthy aromas with supple , velvety tannins. A wine for Bordeaux lovers and a perfect foil for lamb , duck and braised beef. Giselle Hamburg

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Sant'Or 2019 Santomeri Santameriana Skin Contact

A really cool skin contact white from the Santameriana grape in the Peloponnese.  Spontaneously fermented in clay amphora with a 20-day maceration, no pressing, followed by 6-months in an outdoor buried amphora. Showing a pale copper robe, the nose is redolent of melon, orange peel and herbaceousness, The palate is exuberant with notes of dried apricot and  juicy Arnold Palmer  with silky tannins and an intense minerality. Complex layers and a long finish lend some weight to its high toned profile. Fabulous stuff! -Giselle Hamburg

  • white
  • 3 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • white
  • 35 in stock
  • $22.99