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
Husband and wife team, Barbara Shinn and David Page, came from a NYC restaurant background, but chucked it all in and moved to LI to make subtle, terroir-driven wine. This is crisp, creamy, and aromatic...it almost tastes like Champagne.
Sometimes you taste a wine and you want to do two things at once: (a) clear the room, sit down, and focus all your attention on the pleasure this wine gives and (b) invite all your friends round to share the pleasure with them. Cos Frappato 2008 IGT Sicilia is one of those wines. The aromas are charming: fragrant wild strawberries and maybe nutmeg or cinnamon. It has that lovely sweetness of fruit that you get from the best examples of Pinot Noir (though it doesn't taste like Pinot) and the same apparent lightness and freshness even though it fills the mouth with flavour and scent.
The Deiss Family settled in Bergheim in the heart of Alsace in 1744. The current winemaker, Jean Michel Deiss was born into this family of winegrowers. He is somewhat controversial but the essential figure in Alsace. He is an advocate for the region and its potential to make quality age-worthy wines, and he believes in vineyard expression over varietal expression. This is a fun wine, with Pinot Noir the dominant grape, mixed with Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Auxxerois, Chasselas, Traminer, Muscat Ottonel and the obscure Pinot Beurot.
A hint of violets on the nose and bright cherry fruit on the palate, this wine jumps out of the glass and makes a memorable first impression. One of the great wines of Beaujolais, this beauty is made by legendary Domaine Lapierre, and is one of the favorite wines of importer Kermit Lynch. This is not your parents' Beaujolais...
Winemaking Details: Unfiltered
COS is the cool, cultish, indie wine from Sicily. The name comes from the initials of the 3 partners who came up with the project, two achitects and one social worker. Ripe red fruit, floral and aromatic, balanced with great volcanic mineral notes. Aged in the Roman style amphora, it's a taste that stands apart. No sulfur added. One of the truly great wines of Italy.
Known as a fruity light grape, in this wine it becomes complex, deep and structured. Time Out’s food editor's favorite wine of the year. Made by three friends who quit their day jobs, unfiltered, no additives and only a tiny tiny amount of SO2 at bottling.
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.
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.