South America

Antiyal 'Kuyen' 2018 Valle del Maipo Red Blend

Kuyen means "moon" in the Chilean Mapuche language. 65% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Carmenere from basalt soils, this is a deep, round, dense wine packed with blueberry, chocolate, plum, a hint of smoke, and a cooling herbal aroma. Fermented in stainless steel and aged for 12 months in used French oak, with no fining or filtering. Textrually lush, this wine retains great energy but envelopes it in a haze of unctuous texture. 14,000 bottles produced. Andrew Farquhar

  • red
  • 3 in stock
  • $32.99

Bodega Chacra 2020 Patagonia Rio Negro Chardonnay

Jean-Marc Roulot brings his incredible experience in Burgundy to the southern hemisphere with this stunning collaboration with Piero Incisa della Rocchetta at Bodega Chacra. The Chardonnay for the Chacra bottling comes from 40 year-old vines grown on river stones covered with crushed white calcareous rock and this wine is the perfect medium for displaying the unique terroir of Rio Negro. The grapes are picked in the early morning and pressed immediately into vertical steel tanks and aged in a combination of 20% concrete eggs, 15% stainless steel tanks and 20% used French oak barrels for ten months. This bottle is immediately transporting with the scent of the wax seal made from the beeswax of the hives situated throughout the vineyard. Upon opening the nose is subtle, but with time and air, blossoms with notes of fresh chamomile and honeysuckle, white peach skin, crème fraîche, and wet stone. The palate highlights minerality and vibrancy; clean, fresh, powdery texture invoking the calcareous soil, with plenty of refreshing acidity tempered by the partial oak aging. -Michelle DeWyngaert

  • white
  • 2 in stock
  • $99.99

  • white
  • 6 in stock
  • no discount
  • $109.99

Bodega Chacra 2021 Patagonia Rio Negro Cinquenta y Cinco 'Sin Azufre'

Sin Azufre began as an experiment to see what would happen if you made a wine without any intervention; no temperature control, no pH readings and adjustments, and without the use of any sulfur. The result is a wine that feels "alive," that vibrates with energy and purity. Chacra was already doing conscientious work in the vineyard (farming biodynamically, encouraging biodiversity, etc) so it was a natural progression to attempt to make a wine as "naturally" as possible. This year's Sin Azufre, 100% Pinot Noir from their estate vineyard plot planted in 1955, is clean, expressive, and distinctly savory. The grapes are fermented in alternating layers of whole cluster and destemmed fruit, foot-crushed, and aged in a mixture of cement, neutral oak, and some steel. Bright red fruits mingle with notes of rosemary and soy sauce, a balance of umami and salinity that gives this wine a real sense of place. The palate is bright and lifted with soft, silky tannins. Despite the absence of sulfur as a preservative, this bottle held up for several days after opening.

  • red
  • 10 in stock
  • $44.99

Henriquez, Roberto 2021 Itata Valley Rivera del Notro Blanco

The fruit for Rivera del Notro Blanco comes from Roberto Henriquez’s neighbor, Cesar Henriquez, and a few other neighbors. Roberto manages the farming at all of the plots, and the youngest vines are around a hundred years old. This is a blend of Moscatel, Semillon, and Corinto, made like the other white wines from Roberto: the grapes were destemmed then allowed to naturally ferment with their skins in tanks, with the skin-contact lasting the duration of the fermentation. This shows a bit more of the Muscat aromatically, with notes of ripe orange, grape, and white pepper, but the palate is quite refined, with the skin-contact lending an appealing structure, and plenty of minerality balances notes of orange, peach, and pear. 

  • white
  • 4 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Herrera Alvarado 2018 Chile Valle Marga Marga 'Blanco Natural'

The wines of Herrera Alvarado are a testament to the incredible history and terroir of Chile and the lesser known region of the Marga Marga Valley. The Natural Blanco is 100% own-rooted, dry and organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc, fermented in concrete with two days of skin-contact for just the slightest bit of texture and a deeper color. The wine is then racked into old barrels where it is aged for 12-15 months and then bottled and corked by hand, with nothing added and nothing taken away. The barrel aging makes this a Sauvignon Blanc that drinks more like a Chardonnay; showing more depth and creaminess. The nose has a dried quality with chamomile tea, dried grasses, grapefruit pith and a bit of browned butter. The palate is dry but has richer baked notes of peach, yellow apple, and a squeeze of Meyer lemon.  Michelle DeWyngaert         

  • white
  • 5 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur

Herrera Alvarado 2018 Chile Valle Marga Marga 'La Zaranda'

This is an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc from 30 year old own-rooted (Franc de Pied) vines. Grapes are destemmed by hand with a zaranda, which a traditional tool - essentially a large straw basket - that is used in the area. After fermentation in concrete, the wine is aged in tank for over a year on the lees. This is a fresh and balanced white that really impresses, and might be the best candidate of any I've had for convincing a Sauvignon Blanc naysayer. Stones and acid are here, but no lychee, or tropical fruit, or grassy texture. It's clean as a whistle, and made without any use of sulfites.  -EL

  • white
  • 1 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic
  • No Sulfur