Carmelo Patti’s wines have something of a cult following with devoted fans in Argentina and abroad. “I don’t want to [make wine] for commercial reasons,” says Patti, who only has one employee. Patti was an important force for the rebirth of fine wine production in Mendoza. His winemaking style is as unique as his character; no consultants, no manipulation, no pretentions.
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, 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.
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.
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.
A classic. Captures the scrappy, beam-of-fruit exuberance of the variety in ruggedly delicious form. Puffeney added no sulfur at all to his 2010 reds. His (typically non-dogmatic) reply to the question “Why not?”: “They didn’t need it.” Winemaking Details: Wild Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Low SO2 Added
Orange peel and clove jump out of the glass with this beautiful orange wine from the master, Paolo Bea. Planted in the “Pagliaro” vineyard, a site with alternating layers of gravel and clay at 1300 feet above sea level with both east and southwest facing parcels. After crushing, the juice spends at least two weeks macerating on the skins, leaving a beautifully complex, slightly tannic "orange" wine that is one of our favorite indulgences. Try it with mujadarra! Winemaking Details: Fermentation occurs in small stainless steel vats at low temperatures. Two rackings are done early in the fermentation process to remove the heavy deposits and a third is done after three weeks. This wine is then left on the fine lees in stainless steel for one year before being bottled.