This is a fun wine from Lazio, where you'd find Rome. The nose has bright candied raspberry and some savory herbs followed by vibrant red fruits and a bit of pepper. This is an easy drinking red that can stand up to the big flavors of Italian cuisine and more.
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
Puglia in Southern Italy is home to many value wines, but don't confuse that for low quality. This wonderful little red from organic producer Perrini is 100% negroamaro, which broken down means "black bitter". On the nose are dark stewed berries, wild herbs, and spicy anise. This is a well structured wine with juicy plum fruit, bright acid and soft tannins. This is a great food wine!
Established in the mid-16th century, Avignonesi is one of the oldest wineries in Italy. Virginie Saverys took over the estate in 2009, converting to organic farming and viticulture. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is understandably considered a benchmark in its category for its rich red fruit, notes of violet and savory herbs, finishing with balanced acidity, minerality, and fine tannins – absolutely elegant.
Pittnauer is run by the young Brigit and Gerhard Pittnauer, who have been considered benchmark producers and specialists of the Austrian varietal St. Laurent and Pinot Noir. This special blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt is lovely and ripe with blackcurrent, floral notes, and a bit of spicy meatiness. Moderate acidity and a touch of tannic grip on the finish, this wine can be both serious and playful, but no doubt a great value.
The name Martian was inspired by proprieter Nan Helgeland's sons, Martin and Ian– and it fits. Martian wines are out of this world! This medium bodied blend of mostly grenache is rich with red fruits, spice, black pepper, and a bit of fresh herbs and sweet oak. The tannins are subtle and clean on the finish, making this a wine to grab before some unearthy creature runs off with all of it – only 450 cases! Winemaking Details: indigenous yeast, 90% destemmed and fermented in large oak vats, aged 10 months, unfined and unfiltered, low SO2
We're excited to get this beauty in the store! The vineyards are located on steep, black volcanic slopes of Mount Vulture in Northern Basilicata, where high altitudes produce wines with excellent structure and complexity. Dark purple in the glass, this wine is introduced with fresh cherry and strawberries on the nose before a rich palate of red fruit, white pepper, a hint of vanilla, and soft tannins. Winemaking Details: macerated for 15 days on the skins, aged for 1 year in second use barriques
A Barolo by any other name...This is a beautifully crafted expression of Nebbiolo from the very northern reaches of Italy. Still tightly wound, it has a hint of anise and truffle on the nose, followed by bright cherry fruit. It's beginning to show leather and earth which will develop further is it ages. This wine is drinking well now (decant it for an hour or so before drinking), but will be even better in five years. A true gem, and a wine we're proud to carry.
This is a unique and more savory Cotes du Rhone than you may be used to drinking. Right across the Rhone River from Chateauneuf-du-Pape is Ardeche where the Pommier family tends to their certified organic vineyards. This blend has an interesting nose of vegetal green peas overtop deep plum and blackberry with a touch of pepper. Its lush on the palate with black fruits, savory spices, and mint. In a sea of Cotes du Rhone, this wine stood out and is soon to be your new favorite.