SUMMER WINE LIST
J.P. Chenet Rosé
This family's original name was "Chanel", but for obvious reasons could not use that name on their products. They employ equal amounts of men and women in their agriculture, winemaking & marketing teams. Locate in a lesser known area south of Bordeaux, with clay-limestone soil & Adriatic winds, a region of great value. This crowd-pleaser has aromas of red berries & cherries, with delicate floral hints.
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.
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.
Domaine Maestracci E Prove Vermentino
When Camille-Anais Raoust took over the reins of the Corsican domaine a few years back, one of her first steps forward was to push a more natural, holistic approach in the vineyard and the cellar. This year, she has completed the conversion to biodynamic agriculture. Her Vermentino is bottled young to maintain the freshness of the terroir. The wine is packed with a deep floral aroma and mouthwatering salinity. It is both fresh and full-bodied with stony minerality.
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.
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.
Reversée is a term invented to describe a process; adding fermenting juice back to a carbonic maceration, or a reverse saignée. What does that mean? A combination of red and white grapes that produce a wine meant to drink like a white wine (chilled), but with structural elements typical to red. Muy sluggable, fresh, refreshing wine for any activity on these premises.
Onda Brava Cinsault (Chile)
Onda Brava is the result of Dani Rozman and Leo Erazo's exploration of old vine farming and vinification in Chile. While many of the vines they work with approach 200 years in age, these own-rooted Cinsault vines are 60-80 years old and reflect the granitic soils and maritime influence embedded in Chile's old vine wines. Hand de-stemming via zaranda and fermentation in open top Rauli help this wine maintain its heritage, creating a red wine ideal for our menu and delightful in the transitional weather.
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%