Bucklin is an estate run by 4 siblings from fruit produced on their family ranch, one of the oldest vineyard sites in Sonoma. Old Hill Ranch is a a mosaic of over 2 dozen grape varietals, making their wines field blends. The grapes for "Bambino" come from young vines planted in 1998. Made mostly of Zinfandel, the grapes are picked early to keep alcohols modest and acidity bright. It is then aged for 12 months in old French oak barrels. Almost black in the glass with dark aromatics of spicy blackberry fruit, this wine stays lively and fresh on the palate without the jamminess you sometimes find in Cali Zins. This wine is elegant and focused, making for a great food wine. Winemaking Details: low added SO2, unfiltered
It's safe to say, we here at The Natural Wine Company are fans of the wines of Montinore. This pinot noir comes from a 30 year old vineyard block and is truly a beaut! It is reminiscent of an Italian Nebbiolo with ripe cherry, crushed violet, and a touch of caramel and vanilla. It's light and bright, yet deep and complex with a bit of chewy tannins. This is a perfect wine for holiday meals or as a gift, though you may have trouble letting go of this tasty bottle.
Another goodie from Montinore, this blend of cooler climate white varietals covers practically the full fruit spectrum with notes of peach, pineapple, citrus fruits, and golden delicious apple. With a touch of fresh flowers and a bit of cut hay, this off-dry wine is rich in the mouth with a crisp finish of grapefruit and lime. This wine certainly doesn't need food to enjoy, but consider some semi-sweet dessert options or spicy Asian cuisine a good match.
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!
"We call it the New Minimal Intervention because it's a technology-based understanding of when NOT to apply technology," says winemaker Peter Bell. What was once a dairy farm for over a century was converted to vineyards in 1984 and have since dedicated themselves to sustainability in both the vineyard and cellar. This chardonnay is surprising– big and creamy yet racy and bright without the use of oak. The nose and palate have notes of melon, lemon, and white nectarine aromas. It's rare to find a NY State wine so reasonably priced, delicious, and that fits our natural standards.
This family owned winery located in Sonoma's Dry Creek has been certified biodynamic since 2005. They aim for balance and elegance in their wines and this sauvignon blanc is a prime example of their work. Bright in the glass, this wine shines with notes of grass, fresh tropical pineapple and guava, with beautiful clean lime and orange notes to make this a bright wine with juicy acidity. Winemaking Details: hand-picked and sorted, stainless steel fermentation, neutral French oak aging for 4-6 months on its lees, no MLF
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.
Named after the coastal mountain range in Italy's Campania region, Massican is the child of winemaker Dan Petroski, who has always been fascinated with Italian wines. After finding some ribolla gialla and tocai in California, he set out to make wines in the style of Old World wines. This gorgeous wine is full of stone, peach, and almond with a full yet vibrant palate of pit fruits and apple. Deliciously balanced and completely unique makes this a wine to try!
The People's Wine Company is a new endeavor dedicated to bringing inexpensive, well-made wines to the marketplace and to making a difference by donating a portion of the profits to social causes. This is a private label of David Bowler, one of the premier natural wine distributors in New York, and while at least some of the grapes in this wine are not organic, we feel that the reputation of David Bowler, and the full 10 percent of sales they are donating to charity make it a wine worthy of our attention. The People's Zin is rich and ripe with that classic Zinfandel spiciness.