These are truly handmade wines in the beautiful and remote hills of Abruzzo. Unlike the mediocre, mass-produced Montepulciano wines of the region, this is distinct and singular. Made in a super traditional style. All the wines are released with significant age. Emidio Pepe's wines have gained cult following. Expect to find dried black cherries, licorice and wild herbs on the palate. Winemaking Details: No SO2 Added, Unfiltered, Unfined, Spontaneous Yeast Fermentation, Foot Treading, Aged in Concrete Vats
One of Italy’s most sought after estates and for good reason. This young vine Sagrantino is medium bodied with beautifully subtle blue and blackberry fruit with wild herbs, flowers, cassis and subtle notes of earthiness.. Paolo Bea has become a bit of a rock star in the natural wine world (if that's possible) and his wines show attention to detail and the touch of a master's hand. ...And you don't have to be a wine geek to appreciate them! Winemaking Details: Vinified in Used Barrel, Spontaneous Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Vegan, No added sulfites
Natural wine from California! This is made by husband and wife team, Tracey and Jared Brandt, based in Berkeley. All their wines are fermented in wood vats and they add nothing at all except a small amount of sulfur at bottling. This is an El Dorado blend of Grenache from Fenaughty, Swansboro and Lightner vineyards and will simply shine on the outdoor table on a warm summer night or next to the fireplace on a cool fall evening. Deep, bright red color with earthy and meaty notes laced with spice and red and dark berries. A lush texture with an array of juicy red fruit flavors and a minerality that adds vibrancy to the long and focused finish. Winemaking Details: Unfiltered, Unfined, Wild Yeast Fermentation, Low SO2 Added
Natural wine from California! This is made by husband and wife team, Tracey and Jared Brandt, who trained under Eric Texier in Rhone Valley. All their wines are fermented in wood vats and they add nothing at all except a small amount of sulfur at bottling. This white (orange) wine will surprise as it spent 16 days on the skins before it was pressed off to complete fermentation in neutral oak barrels. Honeysuckle, jasmine and nectarines mingle with cinnamon and apricot aromas to entice. On the palate, if not for the zippy acidity, this wine could easily be mistaken for a red with such weight, tannin and lingering finish. Winemaking Details: Low SO2 Added, Unfined, Unfiltered, Vegan, Spontaneous Yeast Fermentation, Foot Treading
Natural wine from California! This is made by husband and wife team, Tracey and Jared Brandt, who trained under Eric Texier in the Rhone Valley. All their wines are fermented in wood vats and they add nothing at all except a small amount of sulfur at bottling. This syrah boasts tobacco, earth and herbs intermingled with violets. With a moment to breathe, mineral and spice come to the fore. Red fruits like cherry, plum and raspberry tickle the palate. Long, firmly structured yet smooth tannins coat the mouth and linger for minutes while you ponder what this wine is and what it will become. Winemaking Details: Low SO2 Added, Unfined, Unfiltered, Vegan, Spontaneous Yeast Fermentation, Foot Treading
Although his name does not appear on the label, this wine is made by Eric Texier. We've heard that his sons asked him to make wine for them that didn't give them a headache, and he responded with this cuveé, which contains no added sulfur at all. Dark purple in color, the nose shows smoke and a bit of black olive. This is followed by black berries, black pepper and minerals on the palate. Medium-bodied and quite savory, it finish long with plenty of acidity.
The Negrette grape variety is thought to have originated in Iraq. Today, it is found in the Gaillac and Fronton appellations—where it has been grown for over 2,000 years. Much more recently, since the 1870’s, the Pénavayres have been growing vines in Fronton, dividing their time between winemaking, livestock and fruit trees. This lovely expression of Negrette, Syrah and Gamay is beautiful light coral in color, with an inviting nose of red fruits, white flowers and spices, round and lively on the palate, it's a rosé to enjoy throughout the Spring and Summer. Only 2000 cases were produced, so try it while you can. Winemaking Details: Unfined and unfiltered
A step up in oxidative intensity from the Chardonnay but still beautifully balanced. This is roughly equal parts SA-vagnin and CHA-rdonnay (Get it?). This bottling is “non-millesime”—the Savagnin is slightly older than the Chardonnay. Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 Added
A forward and relatively supple vintage for Puffeney’s Chardonnay. Fresh and easygoing, but still with classic trad-Jura twang and that signature Puffeney “analog” texture (highlighting overall feel and presence over absolute clarity). As always, a great gateway drug. Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 Added
The Savagnin finds its true home in the Jura. It is speculated that the origin of this grape is the Traminer from northeastern Italy but, to us, the Savagnin of the Jura is a one-of-a-kind grape with the capacity to perform miracles. It is a fickle grape, not easy to ripen, that does best in poor soils infused with marne. Often harvested in mid-to-late October or often into November, Puffeney’s Savagnin is fermented in both steel cuve and wooden foudre; afterwards, the wine is racked into smaller oak barrels for aging.