Misc. Italy

Adalia 2012 Recioto della Valpolicella Roasan 500ml

The 2012 Adalia Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG comes from vines planted at 350 meters above sea level to calcareous soils. The wine is composed of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvina Grossa, and 20% Rondinella. The vineyards are trellised, following the regionally specific system of pergola trentina. Grapes are selected and picked by hand in the first part of October, before naturally drying in a room known as a fruttaio, specifically designed to create the best environment for the grapes to lose moisture. In February, after 4 months in the fruttaio, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed. Natural fermentation begins in oak casks and lasts for a month before malo spontaneously occurs. The wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels before release.

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $33.99

Adalia 2016 Valpolicella Amarone Classico Ruvaln

The 2016 Ruvaln Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG from Adalia comes from vines 400 meters above sea level, planted to calcareous soils. The vines are planted in in the double pergola trentina trellising system, which gives the leaves the best exposure to the sun's rays, while keeping the grapes cool under a shady canopy. The Ruvaln is made up of 40% Corvina, 40% Corvina Grossa, and 20% Rondinella. The grapes are selected by hand in the first part of October and let to naturally dry for 3 months. At the beginning of February, the grapes are destemmed and gently pressed. Spontaneous fermentation begins in stainless steel, followed by malo. In the cellar, the wine ages in barrel for 24 months before release.

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $49.99

Adalia 2018 Valpolicella Classico Laute

A while ago, my fiance filled me in on an interesting fact. Many of the grapes that go into the  red wines of the Valpolicella DOC are named after the birds that eat them. Corvina is based on "corvo," which means "crow." Rondinella is based on "rondine," which means "swallow." The Adalia 2018 Laute is 35% Corvina, 35% Corvina Grossa, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara. The grapes are trellised in the regionally traditional pergola trentina system, allowing the leaves of the vines to catch optimum sunlight, while the grapes are shaded underneath their canopy. Fruit is picked by hand at the end of September, destemeed, and gently pressed. Fermentation begins with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. The wine sees one week on the skins before malo. Aged in stainless before bottling.

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $16.99

Adalia 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore "Balt"

The Adalia 2018 Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore Balt comes from a blend of the regions traditional red grapes. Composed of 35% Corvina, 35% Corvina Grossa, 20% Rondinella and 10% Molinara from vineyards planted to calcareous soils at 300 meters above sea level. Like all of the Adalia wines, the vines are set up in the double pergola trentina system, allowing the leaves to obtain as much sunlight as possible, while shielding the fruit below the canopy. The grapes are picked by hand in the second half of October, before being destemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation begins with native yeasts in stainless steel. Maceration on the skins lasts for approximately one week. At the end of February, the wine is then "passed over" the skins of the dried Amarone grapes for 7-10 days. Aging is done in oak barrels for 18 months, where secondary fermentation finishes before bottling.

  • red
  • 21 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 38 in stock
  • $15.99

Antica Tenuta Pietramore 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo

Pietramore produces both an array of classic Italian wines as well as Olive oil, all from their biodynamically farmed vineyards. The vineyards are located in the Chieti and Teramo provinces close the to eastern coast. The grapes are pressed with ~15% of the juice drained off to intensify the concentration of the wine, and then aged in vats for 6 months with no oak aging.

  • red
  • 15 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

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
  • 2 in stock
  • $34.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Ausonia 2016 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Anfora

The color is black in the center with purple edges. Compared with Ausonia's standard Apollo, this wine shows much less fruit. It is more reserved. The wine's nose is soft, with notes of iron, soy sauce, raw almonds and walnuts, and dried, savory red cherry. The palate has black cherry and a mix of warm herbs. In structure, the wine displays a soft texture of well-integrated tannins and medium acidity. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $34.99

Ausonia 2017 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane Apollo

From guyot trained Montepulciano vines planted to clay and limestone soils. Picked by hand in the first half of October. Primary fermentation begins with skin contact for 15 days in stainless steel tanks before malo. Wine is bottled unfiltered. Against my white notebook paper, the wine has a core of very dark purple, with a lighter shade around the rim. The nose is a blast, packed full of an array of fruits and earth. Fragrant aromas of summer peach, strawberry, and cherry create a lush base for more subtle accents of sun-dried tomato and loamy, cool earth. On the palate, there is plummy dark fruit and red cherry, with a touch of dark mineral zest. The wine is tannic, a touch more so than I anticipated, with good grip balanced by medium acidity. If you're looking for a new house red, this bottle from Ausonia could very well be your answer. Lots of flavor, structured but drinkable, and under $20. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $17.99

Ausonia 2019 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo

From guyot trained Montelpulciano vines planted in clay and limestone soils. Fruit is picked by hand in the beginning of October. A portion of the wine macerates for 5-6 days to get color and structure. Alcoholic  fermentation begins spontaneously in stainless steel tanks, followed by malo. The wine is a shade of deep cherry, reflecting the flavors and structure of this fantastic rosato. On the nose, there are full aromas of strawberry, cherry, raspberry and a hint of mocha. The palate has similar flavors of mixed red berries, with an additional accent of wild herbs. A touch of acidity freshens the wine's full texture. On the first day I had the bottle open, the wine was gentle with a soft richness. On the second day, the wine became pleasantly juicy. An expressive, flavorful, but thirst-quenching member of the Ausonia lineup. David Hatzopoulos

  • rosé
  • 2 in stock
  • $15.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $44.99

Bulli nv Colli Piacentini Rosso (Barbera, Croatina)

From 4 hectares of Guyot-trained vines (10-50 years of age) tended with organic methods, though not certified, in Colli Piacentini in Emilia-Romagna. Soils are rich in limestone. The blend is 60% Barbera, 30% Croatina, and 10% Uve Rare, harvested in in September and October. Fermentation is done with native yeasts, with 10-15 days of skin maceration. This wine sees no added sulfur. Upon pouring, the wine has a deep red core, and light purple edges. Pronounced aromas of ripe strawberries, blueberries, smashed red cherries, stems, watermelon rind, and a hint of woodsy smoke. The palate is not complicated, relying almost solely on a deep, juicy flavor of dark cherry. The structure and low ABV (11%) incline drinkers to gulp. Serve with a good chill. David Hatzopoulos

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $16.99

  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $18.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $89.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Cornelissen, Frank 2018 Etna Munjabel Rosso

A blend of Nerello Mascalese grapes taken from each of Cornelissen's single vineyards; the vines are over 60 years old. 12,000 bottles produced.

  • red
  • 51 in stock
  • $49.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $259.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

COS 2017 IGT Sicilia Pithos Rosso

The pithos wines from COS are beautiful expressions of amphora aging. This a blend of 60% Nero d'Avola and 40% Frappato coming from red clay soils with bands of limestone underneath. The grapes are then fermented and aged for 6 months in unlined clay amphora before being transferred to concrete tanks for 2-3 months. The 2017 vintage of this wine is very lively, with great fruit notes on the nose: pomegranate, pomegranate juice, tart cherry, raspberry, a hint of orange blossom, and a slight savory mustiness. The palate introduces more savory and mineral profile, along with the same bright red fruits of the nose, with soft yet present tannins and great acidity. The amphora aging gives this wine a quite delicate and rounded mouthfeel, along with a hint of earthiness. Quite delicious and engaging stuff from one of our favorite Sicilian producers. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $32.99

COS 2018 Sicilia IGT Frappato

Sicilian wine is generally perfectly suited for the Thanksgiving meal, as it goes so well with the mash up of savory and sweet sour that characterizes the island’s food - and our national feast. I’m a great fan of Frappato but rarely find compelling wines; COS makes the benchmark version, retaining freshness and avoiding the unfortunate opacity of flavor that most versions slip into. The COS Frappato is distinguished by haunting complexity, balancing fruit and earth and herbs, and showing depth and intensity, all with 12% alcohol. This wine is a crowd pleaser, satisfying the casual drinker and any serious geeks at your table. I’m now determined that we need some at our house! Jamie Wolff

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $27.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red fortified medium-sweet
  • 6 in stock
  • $74.99

Del Prete 2017 Negroamaro Anne

Natalino Del Prete farms 10 hectares of mostly Negroamaro and Primitivo vines just north of Lecce in southern Puglia. Certified organic since 1994, his vineyards are never treated with any chemicals (they look quite wild!) and the vinification is decidely old-school, with minimal intervention and no sulfur added at any point, including bottling. The 2017 Negroamaro Anne is from a plot of 30 to 60 year old vines planted on clay soils. Rustic and slightly barnyardy on the nose, this wine opens with black cherry, black plum and a general medley of dark fruits, and finishes with notes of dark cocoa and earth. Medium plus bodied,  with very good acidity, this is a wonderful example of "farmhouse" wine from the Italian South. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Feudi di Santa Tresa 2018 IGT Terre Siciliane Frappato

The mission of Feudo di Santa Tresa is to showcase the best of their coastal Mediterranean vineyards and farm only using organic means. The red, sandy loam, 'Terra Rossa', adds a unique complexity to their wines. This 100% Frappato is light and easy-drinking but is not lacking in depth. The nose shows a mix of wild strawberry, a touch of dried red fruits, dried savory herbs, and a savory, ferrous note from the red soil. The palate is juicier with a nice balance of acidity from the sea air that sweeps through the vineyards, and ripe strawberry and red plum from the warm Sicilian sun. Serve this with a bit of a chill with lighter proteins, it's extremely versatile as a food pairing. Michelle DeWyngaert

  • red
  • 18 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 23 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $42.99

  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $219.99

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $26.99

Foradori 2018 Vigneti delle Dolomiti Teroldego Lezer

Lezer was first made in 2017, when hail led to damaged grape bunches. Not wanted to extract too much from the broken skins, Foradori went for a very short maceration of just a few days, and released the wine as a light and fun alternative to their more serious red wine offerings. It was a hit, and (somewhat reluctantly) they agreed to keep making it-to our great satisfaction. The 2019 is as delicious as previous vintages, light and juicy, fresh, easy-drinking yet still engaging, with notes of cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate, ripe strawberry, ripe red cherry, cherry pit, and a hint of citrus peel. Perfect with a slight chill, and a great light red for spring and summer. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $26.99

Graziano, Vittorio 2017 Emilia Lambrusco "Fontana dei Boschi"

Vittorio Graziano – widely known as one of the true artisans in the region — makes Lambrusco the old fashioned way without additives, and with the fermentation finishing in bottle, which gives the wine a complex and deeply savory quality that we have not seen in most Lambrusco.  Vittorio’s wine is serious, and has both tannic structure and minerality that speak of tradition and non-intervention in the cellar.  JR

  • red sparkling
  • 11 in stock
  • no discount
  • $23.99

Il Fortunato 2017 Rosato Vino Spumante Extra Dry (Organic, low SO2)

Il Fortunato aced it with their Rosato Spumante; another lively sparkler produced from organic vineyards with only a minimal addition of sulfur. The nose is playful with a mix of bright berry fruits and fresh red cherries cut by tart apple skins. On the palate, a delicate mousse lifts the wine showing some weight, great acidity, and just touch of sugar. Absolutely lovely! Pair with charcuterie, simple pasta, or simply drink on its own. Andy Paynter

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

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • rosé
  • 13 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

La Villana (Joy Kull) 2019 Vino Rosso

Our friend Joy Kull went to learn winemaking in Lazio, Italy. After several years learning from local farmers and winemakers, she found her own plot of land and began her project, called La Villana. This is a straightforward charming red made from Sangiovese and  Montepulciano,  with a bit of Canaiolo and Ciliegiolo. Destemmed by hand, with one week of maceration. The nose shows immediate tangy cherry, with darker accents of candied grape and wispy espresso. On the palate, the wine delivers flavors of black cherry, hints of green herbs and cola. A very satisfying mouthfeel, with some tannin lining a full, juicy core. Chill this for the most refreshing glass.

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur
  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $24.99

  • red
  • 6 in stock
  • $36.99

  • red
  • 14 in stock
  • $26.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $36.99

Madonna delle Grazie 2016 Aglianico del Vulture Messer Oto

Making Aglianico in a fresh, food-friendly style is not easy; in so many wines ripeness takes over, resulting in a charmless,“hot” wine that tastes of alcohol and roasted fruit. Messer Oto* avoids these pitfalls and showcases Aglianico's ability to carry lifted flavors of brambly fruit and smokey minerals. This is very dry but with some rich black fruit, ripe tannins, and plenty of peppery nuance and complexity; bright acid provides balance and makes this a very versatile food wine to accompany anything from grilled salmon or chicken to burgers or richer stews.  *There is a fine public fountain in the Vulture town of Venosa which dates to the 1300s and which is named for a “Messer Oto,” who must have been a local boss of the day. 

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red fortified medium-sweet
  • 2 in stock
  • $89.99

Marco Merli 2018 Umbria Zerodibabo Rosato

Marco Merli left a career as a fashion designer to focus his energy  on a small, 7 hectare farm that his father owned in Umbria. He quickly moved towards organic farming, and there is no sulfur used whatsoever. The Zeridibabo rosato comes from a .7 hectare parcel of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Ciliegiolo grown on clay and limestone. The vines range from 15 to 45 years of age.The nose is full of red fruit, with pomegranate, raspberry, red currants, red apple, red apple peel, and currant leaves. On the palate the Zeridibabo shows a hint of a bitter edge, with blood orange zest and a touch of an herbal presence to compliment the luscious red fruit of the nose. Very enjoyable, this wine was delicious on its own, though would also stand up very well to lighter summer fare. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 3 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Marra, Francesco 2017 Rosso Salento Negroamaro

2017 was a much riper vintage than 2016, and this wine shows it. Francesco added a tiny bit of sulfur just at bottling. The nose opens with notes of plum, a hint of prune, dark forest fruit, stewed raspberry and blackberry, dried cherry, grape jam (a high quality one), baking spice, nutmeg, and a hint of forest undergrowth. The palate is juicy, still with a lot of energy and acidity to retain balance. Though lacking some of the subtlety and fascination of the 2016 vintage at the moment, it may be best to hold for a year or two, as I feel this will be a wonderful wine with some time to settle. That being said, there is no harm in opening it now, and indeed at a recent tasting some folks preferred the more forward aspects of the 2017. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

Marra, Francesco 2017 Rosso Salento Primitivo

Wow. Full-bodied and full-blooded, this Primitivo is an intense and profound example of this variety. As with the 2017 Negroamaro, Francesco added a small amount of sulfur at bottling. The nose shows notes of red currants, black currants, black cherries, raspberry preserve, plums, raspberry leaves, cedar, dried herbs, and a hint of earthiness. On the palate there is a similar mélange of red and black fruit, with a hint of dried fruit and raisin. The wine has prominent tannins and quite warming alcohol, though with good acidity and still some modicum of freshness and lift. A serious wine. A bit edgy at the moment, this will perhaps be best in 3-5 years, though if enjoyed now, give a decant of an hour or more. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

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
  • 7 in stock
  • $44.99

Monte di Grazia 2017 Campania Bianco

This white comes from some of the oldest vines in Italy, most being over 100 years old, and some almost 300. Monte di Grazie was started by a doctor in 2004 in the town of Tramonti,  high up  in the Lattari Mountains of Campania. The wine consists of 40% Ginestra, 40% Biancatenera, and 20% Pepella, from volcanic soils. The grapes are destemmed before pressing, and fermentation occurs naturally in stainless steel. The wine spends 6 months aging  in stainless before bottling. 

  • rosé
  • 4 in stock
  • $24.99

Monterosso 2016 Etna Rosso Sisma

Sisma bottles come from a single vineyard in the crater of the Monte Rosso cone at the base of Mount Etna. The 2016 vintage conditions were excellent; it had the appropriate amount of sun and rain, all at the right times. This led to perfect fruit maturation. The nose offers wild fruit (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry) with pepper and spice. The palate offers flavors of plum (and plum peel), Provençal herbs, and pepper. There is a plush tannic framework – engaging but far from mouth-drying. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 11 in stock
  • $39.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Monterosso 2017 Etna Rosso Volcano

In addition to farming their two hectares, the Monterosso team sources organically-farmed Nerello Mascalese for their Volcano bottling. The 2017 vintage was hot and had very little rain, resulting in an extremely small harvest. Grapes were picked two weeks earlier to ensure freshness. The wine is bold and robust. The fruit on the nose is dark (blackberry, cherry), with a hint of amaro-like aromas and smoky earth. The palate has a character of bitter and herbaceous red/black fruit and savory cured meats. David Hatzopoulos 

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $42.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 12 in stock
  • $55.99

  • Organic

Montoni 2017 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.

  • red
  • 52 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur
  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $11.99

  • red
  • 9 in stock
  • $69.99

  • red
  • 8 in stock
  • $21.99

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $32.99

Pranzegg 2015 Mitterberg Schiava / Vernatsch Campill

Sourced from 50 year-old vines trained in pergola and farmed biodynamically, this is a more profound expression of the grape Schiava than one usually finds. The wine is fermented with 30% stem inclusion and macerates for 6 weeks in large conical vats followed by elevage in old oak and cement tank for 10 months. 2015 was a warmer year, and the wine shows more exuberance than previous vintages. The nose is full of dark cherry, ripe plums, plum skin, dark wild forest fruit, violets, cracked black pepper, and blackcurrant leaf (my original note reads: "smells like a pristine forest"). The palate introduces more red fruit: raspberry and cherry. The wine has great verve and acidity, with medium tannins that are quite soft and well integrated. Well-rounded and well-balanced, this is at a great moment now, showing a bit of development, yet still retaining nice primary elements. Very giving, yet relaxed. An engaging food wine, that has the ability to pair with a wide range of dishes. One of my first choices for Thanksgiving dinner. Oskar Kostecki  

  • red
  • 2 in stock
  • $28.99

Romeo del Castello 2017 Etna Rosso Allegracore

The Allegracore bottling from Romeo del Castello is from the younger part of their vineyard, planted in 2004. An elegant and approachable Etna Rosso, it has been a Chambers Street favorite since the 2009 vintage! 2017 was a hot year in Sicily, but the wine is very balanced thanks to an earlier harvest and aging in stainless steel. A blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappucio, though from my understanding, primarily Mascalese. Chiara says that in the past Cappucio was use more to give color and boldness, while the structure comes from the Mascalese.   -EL

  • red
  • 33 in stock
  • $28.99

  • Organic

Savino - I Fenicotteri 2015 Sicilia Nero d'Avola Nero Sichili

Vittorio Savino, owner of Fenicotteri, joined Foti’s small association of producers called i Vigneri (some of whose wines from Mt. Etna we always have on our shelves). I Vigneri offers unparalleled expertise in every aspect of viticulture and production (including the services of Ciccio, the group’s mule). Foti’s work at Gulfi, and his knowledge derived from the vines in Pachino must have been very valuable when trying to restore a vineyard that’s virtually on the shore of the lagoon. The farming is impeccable (only copper and sulfur and sheep manure are used on the bush-trained vines) but it’s the location that brings an incredibly compelling mineral and saline lift to the wine. Called Fenicotteri (flamingo, in Italian) after the migratory flamingoes who visit the lagoon next to the vineyard. JW Firmly medium-bodied, the 2015 shows beautiful notes of black cherry, blackberries, black currant, raspberry jam, a hint of leather, cut hay, cocoa, coffee grinds, with hints of black pepper and a black olive brininess. Well integrated and soft, but quite present tannins and medium acidity. Wonderful complexity which just keeps unfolding the longer the wine is open. There is a certain plushness, without anything extravagant. This wine is very compelling all the way through the bottle. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 13 in stock
  • $29.99

  • red fortified medium-sweet
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

Terraquilia 2017 Lambrusco dell'Emilia Col Fondo Falcorubens

In Emilia-Romagna, Terraquila creates red méthode ancestrale sparklings from organic Lambrusco Grasparossa. Aromatically, the wine offers roasted coffee and dark forest fruit, with a touch of barnyard and earth. Similarly, the palate is full of burly flavors like smoke, plum, raw herbs, and espresso. David Hatzopoulos

  • red sparkling
  • 3 in stock
  • no discount
  • $17.99

  • Low Sulfur

Terre Sparse 2018 Erbaluce Diverso

The Terre Sparse farm is located in the north of Piedmont, in the the Caluso DOCG. This Erbaluce comes from a small .25 hectare parcel of 40 year old vines, farmed organically on morenic soils (old glacier deposits). The wine is fermented and aged on its lees in stainless steel, and spends 13 days in contact with the skins. Delicious and quite complex, it shows notes of ripe fuji apple, apricot, nectarine, peach fuzz, pithy lemon, underripe plum, mirabelle, white blossom, honeysuckle and wildflower honey. There's a bit of grip on the palate, with soft tannins and great acidity. Vibrant and quite fresh, this Erbaluce (as Ernest from Portovino puts it) isn't exactly glou-glou, there's too much texture and savory notes, but it "goes down easy after day of hard of work on the farm, or a day at the desk typing." Very enjoyable and an excellent addition to our orange wine contingent. Oskar Kostecki

  • red
  • 34 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • red
  • 1 in stock
  • $49.99

Villa Calicantus 2018 Bardolino Chiar'otto Vino Rosato

A co-harvest of Corvina, Rondinella, Molinara, and Sangiovese from biodynamically farmed 53 year old, pergola-trained vines on the western shore of Lake Garda. Considered too atypical to be labeled under the Bardolino Chiaretto DOC, Daniele Deliani just labels this as a humble vino rosato, yet it was one of the more captivating ones we've discovered this year. Very energetic on the palate, with notes of wild strawberry, raspberry, grapefruit, grapefruit pith, and hints of an herbal character. The wine has good acidity, and a definite energy, with a shifting character; sometimes showing more the red fruit aspects, sometimes the slighty bitter and herbal. A thoroughly enjoyable and delicious wine that is very engaging on it's own or with a wide variety of food. Oskar Kostecki

  • rosé
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

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
  • 10 in stock
  • $19.99