WINTER WINE LIST
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Oyster River Morphos Pet Nat (Maine)
Everything about this wine speaks to the sum of many disparate parts coming together to overcome what we understand as possible in the wine world. A blend of cold climate hybrids planted in Maine and made in the Pétillant Naturel style (essentially bottle fermented) produces a sparkling wine reminiscent of bottle conditioned sour beer.
Antech Cuvee Eugenie Cremant de Limoux (France)
The Antech family has been producing quality sparkling wines in the Limoux region of Southern France since the 1800’s. Women have always held positions of leadership, and this lovely sparkling wine is named for Eugenie, the matriarch of the winery. It is made mostly from Chardonnay grapes, with some Mauzac, the indigenous grape of the region. Crafted in the true French Methode Champenoise, it has aromas of pears, white flowers, toasted notes and honey. Delicately dry, yet has a creamy texture that is a result of additional aging. A hidden gem from a relatively unknown region.
Elena Walch Chardonnay (Italy)
Elena Walch is a leading winemaker in Northern Italy’s Alto Adige region. Elena Walch married into one of the oldest and most significant wine families of the region and brought new, modern concepts. Now she is passing the family business and her principles of sustainability to her daughters. An unoaked Italian Chardonnay that is a brilliant straw yellow with a refreshing fruity bouquet of exotic notes, ripe apples and light floral aromas.
Calcarius Hellen Bianco (Italy)
From a region known for high alcohol, intense red wines comes this lively white from the limestone rich soils (Calcarius) just below the Gargano mountains in Puglia. These are Valentina Passalaqua's vines where she farms 80 acres biodynamically and with the help of Danilo Marcucci creates wines of playfulness that balance the limestone soils with the Adriatic sea. The grape is Greco and the wine is built around citrus flower aromatics, freshness, and minerality. A companion for the transition to warmer temperatures.
Camino Altxerri Txakolina (Spain)
Located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay in Northern Spain, the Getariako Txakolina DO was established in 1990, but the history of the vine growing is a long one dating back to the Middle Ages. Txakolina (pronounced chak-oh-LEE-na) is a zingy, zesty, slightly fizzy wine that pairs magically with seafood and fish. The wine is crisp with racy acidity with aromas and flavors of grapefruit and melon.
Populis Rosé (California)
2019 was one of the few vintages in the new century in which California wasn't coming out of a drought, and a first for Shaunt and Diego. The wines show a comfort and peace overall, but this is a rosé that's ready to go. Stone fruit, texture, nimble weight, refreshment. These are among the most considerate wines in the New World; every element handled by Shaunt, Diego, and their assistant Graham from vine to glass.
Art + Science Mountain Rose (Oregon)
Single varietal of the Mountain Rose apple sourced from Mt Hood Organic Orchards. High acid, clean and a tiny bit sweet (for us, not compared to sweet ciders!) Native yeast and bottle fermented. 7.2%
Oyster River Wildman (Maine)
Cider produced from apples gathered from wild seedling trees and old unmaintained trees of unknown varieties. Native yeast fermented, unfiltered, bottle conditioned, no sulfites added. 7%
Macatho Segundo Flores Pais (Chile)
When the Franciscans left Spain for the new world they brought vines and now the ancestors of those vines constitute the oldest plantings in the Americas. We call the grape Mission in the United States, and it's known as País in Chile. As the community of winemakers interested in wines of restraint becomes global, those that have been working the old vines with a lighter touch have come into the spotlight. Macatho is a husband and wife team, farming through several regions in Chile. The hallmark smoke signatures found from the Canary Islands to California are here, always a favorite pairing with Mexican street food.
C&P Breton "Avis de Vin Fort" Cabernet Franc
Catherine and Pierre Breton are real life bon vivants vignerons of lore, passionate about what they do and enjoy sharing it with others. They produce Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley of France. Their wines are natural, unadulterated, and consistently delicious. They have become international icons for the wine movement in an area where the climate and soil can make organic viticulture difficult. Catherine and Pierre describe this light, spring red as “Cabernet Franc like a sea breeze.” Lots of fresh fruit with little tannins.
Susana Balbo Malbec (Argentia)
Susana became the first female enologist in Argentina in 1981. Since then she has been a pioneer in the industry. This wine boasts a beautiful deep violet color and is balanced and well-structured with flavors of raspberry, dark plum and currant. Hints of mineral and smoke appear on its elegant, velvety and long finish. Well integrated oak and filigree tannins.
Turley Old Vine Zinfandel (California)
Old Vines is composed of a variety of old sites from California with vines that are anywhere from 41 to 129 years old, creating a true representation of California old vine Zinfandel. The Turley family has become synonymous with California Zinfandel, with several generations of the family working throughout the winery. Aromas of black fruits and a touch of smoke open to a balanced palate, both bright and structured.
Department 66 "Others" Red Blend (France)
Renowned winemaker Dave Phinney of “Prisoner” fame loves to travel the world, seeking wines from obscure places. When he and his wife Kim visited the Roussillon region of France along Spain’s border, they loved the countryside and decided to purchase a vineyard containing some very old vines. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan offers concentrated dark fruits, dried spices and herbs. Juicy and vibrant with a long finish.