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Casaretti 2021 Bardolino Classico La Nogara

70% Corvina, 25% Rondinella, 5% Sangiovese. Selective hand-harvest of the best, optimal ripe grapes. Traditional vinification on the skins with 8-10 days maceration. At least 6 months in stainless steel tank. Soil: Morainic hills. Production area: Traditional wine growing region of Bardolino (on the eastern shore of Lake Garda).

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $17.99

Casaretti 2021 Bardolino Classico Rosa dei Casaretti

This lovely rosato is 70% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, and 10% Molinara, from organically tended vines on the shore of Lake Garda in the Veneto. Soils are rocky with clay. 12-36 hour maceration before natural fermentation. Aged in stainless steel. In the glass, the color is a cool pink. The nose is ripe with cherry fruit and accented with fresh herbal notes. On the palate, there is a zing of raspberry and a clean mineral drive. The palate has high acidity and a great textural swish. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 56 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $109.99

  • red sparkling
  • 1 in stock
  • no discount
  • $21.99

  • Organic

De Fermo 2021 Vino Rosso Concrete

The De Fermo family, currently run by Stefano Papetti and Nicola De Fermo, have been making wines in Abruzzo for generations and have a long history of making biodynamically farmed, minimal intervention wines. The Rosso "Concrete" is 100% Montepulciano that sees a five-day maceration and ages for 10-12 months in - you guessed it - concrete. It's rustic but fresh while still showing some of the power typical of the region, albeit with nice lift and none of the heaviness. There's lots of crunchy red fruit and a dense, earthy mineral core with bright acid and subtle texture that make this a perfect match for pizza, pasta with red sauce or equally enjoyable on its own.

  • red
  • 22 in stock
  • $30.99

Del Prete 2021 Primitivo del Salento Nataly

Natalino Del Prete and his daughter Mina farm 10 hectares of mostly Negroamaro and Primitivo vines just north of Lecce in southern Puglia. Certified organic since 1994 (believe it or not, one of the first estates in Italy to do so), their vineyards are never treated with any chemicals (they look quite wild!) and the vinification is decidedly old-school, with minimal intervention and no sulfur added at any point, including bottling. Jules Dressner calls them "unpretentious peasant wines," and considering how long they've been making "natural wine" without calling it anything but "our wine," he's got a point! The Primitivo 'Nataly' is from 40 to 70 year-old vines planted on clay soils. There is always a hint of a rusticity and aromas of roasted meat, blackberry, earth and spice with the Del Prete wines, so they are not for everyone, but there are many fans of their wines who cherish their authenticity and Puglian charm.

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 19 in stock
  • $24.99

Flavia 2019 Etna Rosso 1 Liter

Flavia is made by two of the younger generation of the Rallo family – famous for Marsala, but apparently present on Etna “since 1860”. Flavia is made from certified organic grapes, fermented with indigenous yeasts in steel, and aged in used Slavonian botte. Pedigree aside, note that it’s a liter bottle, so 25% more volume – it would be a bargain for a .750 bottle. This is a classic expression of  Etna – on the lighter side – very pure, and unmistakably Nerello Mascalese. 

  • red
  • 45 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Organic

I Vigneri (Foti) 2022 Vino Rosso (Etna)

Salvo Foti is Etna’s native son, come back to help raise the reputation of the wines.  He believes strongly in the power of old vines, the importance of bush training, and organic viticulture.  This wine showcases some of Etna’s steepest high altitude vineyards, and it manages to be both delicious and serious  We have the good fortune of being able to sample many great wine-makers on Etna, but for an intense old vine expression, Foti’s is one of the best.

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Jasci 2020 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

With tons of earthy fruit aromas, this is very bright and simultaneously rich on the palate Really classic, textbook Montepulciano d’Abruzzo with the great bonus of being lifted and energetic.

  • red
  • 31 in stock
  • $19.99

  • Organic
  • red sparkling
  • 17 in stock
  • no discount
  • $27.99

Marino, Salvatore 2022 Terre Siciliane Turi Pachino Nero D'Avola

The Salvatore Marino "Turi" Nero D'Avola is produced in the renowned “Contrada Buonivini”, near Pachino, always known for Nero d’Avola. The grapes are destemmed, macerated for six days then ferment with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks.After malolactic fermentation is finished, the wine is racked off its gross lees. It is bottled the Spring following harvest.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monte Dall' Ora 2018 Valpolicella Classico Superior San Georgio Alto

60% Corvina/20% Corvinone/20% Rondinella. 2015 was the first vintage from this special 1.5-hectare site. San Giorgio is several miles NW of the home vineyard, on the limestone-rich hill closest to Lake Garda. The southwest-facing parcel of 25-40-year-old vines is a steep hike up to 500+ meters, completely isolated and surrounded by forest and other wild growth. As for their other vineyards, the farming is biodynamic and the harvest by hand. The bunches are destemmed and fermented spontaneously with native yeasts and without sulfur in concrete and steel tanks. Maceration lasts 8-10 days with manual punch-downs. The wine is aged for a year in a 25-hectoliter botte previously used to age their Amarone. It is bottled without filtration and aged 6 more months.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $54.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monte Dall' Ora 2020 Valpolicella Classico Superior Camporenzo

50% Corvina/30% Corvinone/20% Rondinella. Monte Dall’Ora’s Camporenzo vineyard is a few kilometers from the home vineyard and is similar in its hilliness and its crumbly limestone soils over limestone rock. Traditional Valpolicella varieties were planted in 2008, trained in guyot rather than in pergola for greater concentration in this cru Superiore bottling. The farming is biodynamic and the harvest is by hand into small bins. The fruit is destemmed and gently pressed; spontaneous fermentation takes place with native yeasts and without sulfur in concrete and steel tanks (from which the short-fermentation-and-maceration Saseti wine has been removed). Maceration lasts 7-8 days with periodic manual punch-downs. The wine is aged for about 6 months in tank and then 6 months in old 25-hectoliter oak botti. The wine is bottled without filtration and with a small amount of sulfur.

  • red
  • 17 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2020 Etna Rosato Volcano

Monterosso is named for the reddish Etna soils of sand and pumice in which their vines are grown. The Volcano Rosato is produced using 100% Nerello Mascalese, sourced from vineyards that Monterosso either manages or knows are being farmed with organic practices. In the glass, it shows an elegant shade of rose gold. The nose is redolent of cherry, wild raspberry, white and red flower aromas, with a lean accent of green herbs. The palate is more assertive, with cherry, cranberry fruit, and laced with iron minerality.

  • rosé
  • 21 in stock
  • $39.99

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $41.99

Montoni 2020 IGT Sicilia Nero d'Avola Lagnusa

The Lagnusa Nero d’Avola vines range in age from 20-50 years old, and they give the wine remarkable depth and complexity. My notes for the wine's bouquet reads: "smokey, dark roses, tar, and savory cherry." It is almost startling how complex the nose is upon first whiff. The palate has classic red berries, with a little spice and fresh herbs. The structure is bright, with only a hint of pleasant tannin and some lovely acidity.

  • red
  • 25 in stock
  • $24.99

  • rosé
  • 23 in stock
  • $19.99

Ostinato NV Marsala Fine Secco (Semi-Dry) Ambra

Grillo, Inzolia, Catarratto. Oak Aged, Vegan. Its higher natural ABV means the wine is less reliant on fortification and is more expressive of Marsala’s indelible terroir. Aged for more than two years in botti, without temperature control or topping up.  While fortified, the base wines were 'alto grado' (high grade), meaning they were harvested from later harvest, riper grapes.

  • 4 in stock
  • $11.99

Passofonduto 2022 Sicily Vino Rosato Occhio di Sale

Occhio di Sale is a wine we did not have on our shelves when we first introduced Giuseppe Cipolla's wines, so it was a pleasant surprise to try his lovely Rosato, made primarily from Nero D'Avola grapes with small amounts of Catarratto, Insolia, and Moscato d'Alessandria. As the folks at LDM describe: "80% of the blend consists of direct-press Nero d'Avola, with the other 20% a two-day co-maceration of 15% Nero d'Avola and 5% white grapes. Fermentation is in barrel and fiberglass, then blended to age in stainless steel. So unique." We couldn't agree more about how unique the wine is! It's probably the wine I most want to try again as there was a delicacy and density that left me intensely curious. The fruit is faint, more hibiscus or rose water than any red fruit note you might expect from the Nero d'Avola. The aforementioned density was in the mid-palate, giving the wine a lovely length and reminding more of a white wine than a red. -EL

  • rosé
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pianogrillo 2022 Cerasuolo di Vittoria Curva Minore

The rules for making Cerasuolo di Vittoria call for a blend of Nero d’Avola (50-70%) and Frappato (30-50%); in practice this means a fair range of style depending on the proportion of the richer Nero d’Avola to the more airy Frappato. The house blend at each producer isn’t necessarily fixed – at Pianogrillo allowance is made for what the growing season provides, but the target there is 50% Nero d’Avola to 50% Frappato. My benchmark Cerasuolo di Vittoria comes from COS; the Pianogrillo is one of very few I’ve tasted of similar quality. It’s aged in large, 25HL barrels of Slavonian oak (and some 500L barrels of Etna chestnut), which may account for the slightly more muscular results (v. COS’ amphora aging). Even so, the Pianogrillo Cerasuolo is light-to-medium body with a lot of depth and rustic charm, with fresh black cherry and pomegranate fruit, good lift and energy. 

  • red
  • 24 in stock
  • $24.99

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. Dense purple in color. Earth, anise, and cocoa on the nose, with dark roses and rhubarb. The palate is earth driven, with tense minerality. Dried cherry, with mint and black tea. High toned, with bright acidity and very chewy tannin. Incredibly engaging, a wine the develops many layers while staying staying bright and very accessible. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $35.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pranzegg 2017 Mitterberg Lagrein Laurenc

100% Lagrein from Alto-Adige. A barely translucent purple in the glass. The nose is dark and brooding, with mellow tones of black plum, blackberry, fennel sead, and garden soil. Becomes floral with time, and then a little ripe peach apepars. The palate has great nervy fruit, with lapping flavors of black cherry and gravelly minerality. Structure washes over the tongue, with lush tannin and bright acidity. New to Lagrein? Definitely start here. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $37.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red sweet
  • 1 in stock
  • $549.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $1,399.99

Tecce, Luigi 2018 Campania Aglianico Puro Sangue

From importer's website: "Luigi didn't produce Puro Sangue or Poliphemo in 2017 vintage. In 2018 vintage, he has decided to do away with the Taurasi DOCG and use the moniker R (Riserva) and 18 (2018); it's unlikely he'll return to Taurasi DOCG. : hand-picked grapes are crushed and then lightly pressed by hand in a small basket press. Fermentation takes place in open chestnut tini for 40 days. Élevage for 12 months in large 500 Liter puncheons, then 24 months in large wooden botti grandi (50HL). Finally, a minimum of 24 months in bottle before release." 14% alc.

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $107.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Vaona 2020 Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso Pegrandi

40% corvina, 30% corvinone, 25% molinara, 5% rondinella. This wine comes from ancient vineyards owned by Cantina Vaona. Winemaking consists of a fermentation of 15 days in stainless steel vessels, then wine is moved in other stainless steel vessels for 1 year.  Oak barrels lasts 4-5 months.

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $29.99

Vaona 2022 Valpolicella Classico

A blend of Corvina, Corvinone, Molinara and Rondinella, from ancient vineyards owned by Cantina Vaona. Fermentation is for 8-10 days fter a crushing follows a fermentation for 8-10 days and aging is in stainless steel. Overall this is a fantastic ANY night of the week wine, great with roasted and grilled meats, anything with an Italian lean, and light enough to take the place of a Pinot Noir or lighter red in a pinch!

  • red
  • 36 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic