Charles Ellner was a professional Champagne riddler who slowly began purchasing vineyards and making his own Champagne for family and friends. Now, this is his full time gig, both using estate grown fruit and sourcing from neighboring vineyards. This Champagne comes from all estate grown chardonnay and pinot noir. The chardonnay spent a few months in large old oak barrels before blending and bottling in 2003. This is a beautiful vintage with a slight bit of caramel, vanilla, and hazelnut on the nose and palate, a rich and creamy mousse and round acidity. This is truly how we want to celebrate the season! Winemaking Details: no MLF, 10 years on lees
Malvirà began in the 1950's by Giuseppe Damonte in the Roero region of Piedmont in Northwestern Italy. These days the estate is run by his two sons Roberto and Massimo who have inherited his passion for winemaking. From the calcareous clay soils of their San Michele vineyard, this Barbera is ripe with cassis and prunes on the nose. Intense and concentrated, there is plenty of cherry, a touch of cocoa and vanilla, bright acid and soft tannins. Winemaking Details: 18-20 months in French oak
We're becoming quick fans of the Scarbolo wines. Valter Scarbolo inherited his land and passion for wine from his father. He tends to his 25 hectares and cellar to make a wide array of wines both red and white. This Italian Sauvignon Blanc is intense with tropical fruits, peach, and sage with a soft creamy texture in the mouth and generous structure and pleasant minerality. Winemaking Details: aged on lees for 6 months with frequent batonnages, 24 hour skin maceration
After 10 years of winemaking in Chablis and in New Zealand, Arnaud Combier returned to his home region to take over his grandfather's vines and work towards a more natural way of winemaking, a difficult task considering the close set vineyards of Burgundy. Overshadowed by the dominating and highly prized chardonnay, aligote can be neutral and overly acidic which is why this truly shines. Floral on the nose with ripe stone fruits on the palate, this wine is full and creamy from extended aging on its lees. Mineral driven with notes of lemon curd make for an exciting alternative for those looking to try something new. Winemaking Details: Native yeast, low SO2
Torrontes is a fun grape with such intense floral aromas on the nose that one would assume it would be juicy and cloying. While there are many sweeter versions on the market, this torrontes shines with notes of lychee, orange blossom, and jasmine and a crisp, dry finish. All hand harvested grapes from a single vineyard, this well balanced wine is a great sipper.
Convinced of the potential for fine winemaking in the Finger Lakes, Morten and Lisa Hallgren left his family's centuries-old estate in Southern France and planted 17 acres of original vineyards near Keuka Lake in 2000. Their focus is on classically-styled wines that showcase the regions cooler climate characteristics which is demonstrated in their Dry Riesling. Slight petrol, pear, and rose petal on the nose, leading to a rich mouth of honey, peach, and apricot with a striking acidity. This is a prime example of why New York State wine production is 3rd in the country!
This wine is from Le Marche, an Italian wine region east of Tuscany on the Adriatic Coast and believed by most to be the origin of the Verdicchio varietal which has thrived here since the 14th century. This husband and wife team are masters of producing terrior driven and traditional Verdicchio wines using sustainable farming techniques and this one will knock your socks off. Fresh and green on the nose with notes white flowers, the palate is intense and round with sweet apricots, minerals, peach, and almond while remaining soft and pretty.
Effet Papillon or "butterfly effect" in French, is a lovely wine hailing from south France's Roussillon appellation. Just imagine you buy a bottle of this amazingly priced wine to bring it to a fête. You pop it open and share with a handsome man/ gorgeous woman who just happened into the room at that moment. He/she is intrigued by its seductive aromas of white flowers, pears, and melon. Upon tasting, they realize the delicate notes of exotic citrus and minerality could be cupid's arrow and they've been hit. True love ensues and you go on to live happily ever after.
Husband and wife team, Gunter and Monika Kunstler, focus on creating quality wines from their environmentally friendly estate, and this is a great expression of what they can do. Delaying the harvest as long as possible to obtain just the perfect amount of ripeness before hand picking and fermentating in all stainless steel. This is a cool wine that has both the freshness of ripe peach and grapefruit typically found in Rheingau Rieslings, but with some savory cooking spices and musk.
The small team behind Bebame came together with a vision: to produce a lower alcohol wine in California that was as elegant and flavorful as the wines found in cooler climates of wine regions such as the Loire, Piedmont, and Pais Vasco. Bebame Red is their one and only wine and it is truly unique. This wine is lively with fresh red fruits, thyme, anise, and stone. It's a light wine that's ripe with a touch of tropical fruit, black pepper, and a clean acidity that makes for really easy drinking. And at 12% alcohol, you can worry less about drinking more than you think you should.