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Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino

Ferrero Brunello di Montalcino
$58.00

Claudia Ferrero and her husband/winemaker Pablo Härri’s estate is called the Podere Pascena and it sits in the southwesterly corner of Montalcino where they are bordered by Argiano and Banfi’s Riserva vineyard “Poggio all’Oro”. Pablo Harri spent 15 years as the lead winemaker at Banfi before starting his own winery. The small production of this wine which averages about 600 cases per year is aged in two French Allier casks of 21 and 30 hectoliters for 2 years and then in bottle for another two years before release.

Alcohol: 15.3% Total acidity: 5.4 g/l Dry extract: 32.0 g/l Volatile acidity: 0.61 g/l

Total SO2: 78 mg/l Free SO2: 19 mg/l Ashes: 3.15 g/l pH: 3.45

Manuel Olivier Cremant De Bourgogne Brut

Manuel Olivier Cremant De Bourgogne Brut
$28.00

Very nice cremant made from 25% Aligoté, 50% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir. The three grape varieties are assembled after malolactic fermentation. Aligoté is an ancient grape variety in Burgundy. Like the more famous Chardonnay, it also comes from a natural cross between Pinot and Gouais Blanc. Aligoté brings freshness to sparkling wine. Chardonnay traditionally stands for finesse – reinforced by Manuel Olivier by using a Chardonnay that has matured for 1 year. Finally, Pinot Noir gives the wine its structure. The cremant is naturally made in traditional bottle fermentation.

Manuel Olivier Chablis

Manuel Olivier Chablis
$33.00

A small production Chablis, organic farmed, hand harvested and wild yeast fermented. The results are a benchmark Chablis and a great value. Pair with fish, oysters and salads.

Manuel Olivier Hautes Cotes Nuits Pinot Noir

Manuel Olivier Hautes Cotes Nuits Pinot Noir
$32.00

Domaine Manuel Olivier’s Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge is a wine from Pinot Noir planted just above the Grands Crus of the Côte de Nuits. Located on an East-Southeast-facing slope 350 meters above the Clos de Vougeot on rocky clay and limestone soils, it is destemmed, cold macerated for a week, wild yeast fermented half in tank and half in old barrels then aged on its lees for 9 months. Then it is bottled unfined, unfiltered and with a minimal drop of SO2. This wine is a bright yet dense Pinot Noir that offers red berry and flowery notes, ending with a long finish.

Chateau L’Escart Cuvée Eden Bordeaux

Chateau L’Escart Cuvée Eden Bordeaux
$22.00

The Laurent family has been sharing their passion for wine for decades, through the cuvées of Château l’Escart, produced from their one piece of 37ha of vineyards in Saint-Loubès. Gérard and his team know that greatness in wine depends essentially on the greatness of the grapes. This is why they take really good care of the vineyards, in order for the vines to naturally resist parasites with as little treatment as possible. They know how important it is to respect the land that doesn’t belong to them. Thus, each harvest keeps the full expression and richness of the terroir. As they say at Chateau l’Escart: “Making great quality wines and respecting the land that we are borrowing from our children”. It is precisely for this reason, and their strong relationship to their terroir, that they decided to convert the vineyards to biodynamic farming. This philosophy continues in the cellar, where only indigenous yeasts is used in the fermentation.

Made from 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec from hand harvested 35 to 45-year old vines.

Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige

Domaine Guion Bourgueil Cuvee Prestige
$26.00

Cuvee Prestige comes from 30 to 80 year old vineyards. Aged 1 year in oak. This is a fine, savory wine with lovely tannins and good length on the palate. There is a streak of acidity running through this wine that will ensure that it will last for many, many years.

Bruno Michel Cuvée Pauline Blanc de Blanc 2002

Bruno Michel Cuvée Pauline Blanc de Blanc 2002
$95.00

Estate vines of 35-60 years old in Moussy in Pierry, south of Epernay. It has been fermented in old oak barrels and aged for 10 months in them before being bottled and aged on the lees for 7 years. The wine has a pale color, with a spring of tiny bubbles and a nose of sweet spice cake and fragrant white flowers. This is elegant, complex Champagne with a very long, gentle finish. It should keep for more than a decade, but will certainly make any occasion between now and then special!

Bruno Michel Assemblée Rosé Brut

Bruno Michel Assemblée Rosé Brut
$65.00

Organic certified grower Champagne from a top producer. Both gourmand and elegant, this cuvée is loved for its ruby color, spicy aromas, and the notes of red berries in its finish. It’s very brilliant color comes from a careful harvest, where only the best grape clusters were selected at optimal ripeness, and from the saignée winemaking method.

This rosé is a great highlight to complement the end of a meal with friends, and pairs well with a dessert made with red berries or a crumble.

Brut (residual sugar: 6g/l)

Stina Plavac Mali Barrique

Stina Plavac Mali Barrique
$36.00

Plavac Mali grown in the limestone soils of the Island of Brac on the Dalmatian Coast. Hand harvest and berry selection ensures highest quality grapes. Wild yeast fermented in inox with wild yeast. Aged in French 225l barriques.

Stina Cuvee Red

Stina Cuvee Red
$24.00

Wine from the Dalmatian coast of Croatia. Made from a blend of the indigenous grape variety of Plavac Mali with a touch of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The Plavac Mali shines with flavours of ripe plums, herbal notes of Mediterranean plants and black cherries.

Piquentum Teran

Piquentum Teran
$30.00

Teran is a variety native to the Istria region of Croatia. Historically, Teran was given to woman after childbirth to combat anemia due to the rich iron content. It also has high acidity and a wild character that’s hard to tame but in right hands makes amazing lively wines. Dimitri Brecevic, owner and winemaker at Piquentum was born in France and worked at some notable wineries before starting his own project in his fathers home village of Buzet, in Istria region of Croatia. Organic farmed, hand harvested and wild yeast fermented in neutral French oak barrels. Unfiltered, Low Sulfites.  A great pairing with charcuterie, oily cured fish, fish stews, and smoked meats.

Piquentum Refosk

Piquentum Refosk
$30.00

While Refošk is in the Refosco family, it differs in that it ripens later and often has more pronounced ripe fruit. Historically, Refošk was given to woman after childbirth to combat anemia due to the rich iron content. Primary and malolactic fermentation are completed with native yeasts. A great pairing with charcuterie, oily cured fish, fish stews, and blood sausage. Locals make “Istarska supa,” a slightly warmed broth of wine, toasted country bread, olive oil, sugar, and a healthy dose of black pepper.

Benvenuti Anno Domini Malvazija

Benvenuti Anno Domini Malvazija
$35.00

This complex Malvasia has exceptional minerality, it is full-bodied, with pronounced characteristics of the variety and extraordinary fruitiness. For better quality of grapes, they have minimised the yields of their vineyards in Turkovo in Istria, Croatia, located at an altitude of 350 metres.

Malvazija Anno Domini was aged in oak barrels for 12 months, following a 15-day maceration. With a truly great potential for ageing, the 2017 vintage was made for genuine winelovers.

Benvenuti Anno Domini Teran

Benvenuti Anno Domini Teran
$50.00

One of the key Croatian red varieties, and the most important Istrian red variety, Teran holds a special place in the Benvenuti winery’s history. This wine comes from the vineyards in Španjole, at 300 metres above the Adriatic Sea.

Fresh and complex at once, this Teran has a harmonious structure and acidity that provides for lots of ageing potential. Teran 2016, was aged in oak for 24 months, following a 20-day maceration. One of the best reds from Croatia. Rated 95 by Decanter Magazine.

Benvenuti Caldeirosso

Benvenuti Caldeirosso
$28.00

Caldeirosso is an original cuvee of Teran, Merlot, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo produced by Benvenuti winery from Istria – one of Croatia’s top wine producers.

Piquentum Malvasia Blanc

Piquentum Malvasia Blanc
$28.00

From vineyards planted in predominately flysch rich white soil unique to Istria. It was fermented in 100% stainless steel after 2-3 days on the skins resulting in a wonderfull texture and straw yellow color. In further contrast to the coast, this is the rugged truffle ridden and forested interoir that results in an undeniable savory character that is kept in balance by lively acidity. Earthy enough to pair with hard cheeses, bright enough to highlight fresh green herbs, and a medium body that stands up to fish, it’s an ideal food wine for the nearby and perhaps more familiar Italian kitchen.

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