Wine: $45 - 60
Biodynamic since 1989, Fleury was the first grower in Champagne to convert to the practice. This is an elegant, full-bodied Champagne made entirely from Pinot Noir. It displays a lovely red fruit and cream nose, with a refined structure and deep, ripe red fruits lingering through the amazingly long finish. This is one of our favorites at any price, from a small grower who has been making Champagne since 1895.
From the legendary Hochar family, Chateau Musar is a full-bodied and intense wine. Complex mixture of figs, prunes, leather, dark tea, tobacco and black olives with spices on the nose. Ripe black cherries, figs with a hint of chocolate on the palate. Great acidity with smooth tannins. Velvety and long finish. 2000 vintage is more Bordeaux-like in character offering great aging potential but still approachable which makes this ready to drink now.
Deiss Family settled in Bergheim in the heart of Alscae 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 but he believes in vienyard expression over varietal expression hence his wine is labeled by its name of the site which only recently the French government came around to agree.
A 15-year old Beaujolais is a rare and fine thing. This one was made by Joseph Chamonard, father-in-law of current winemaker Jean-Claude Chanudet, who together with his wife Genevieve run Domaine Joseph Chamonard in Corcelette, near the town of Villié-Morgon. This is an extremely rare chance to see how a structured, age-worthy Cru Beajolais can age. We were allocated just one case...
Yes, Virginia, another orange wine! Made by the singular Dario Princic very near the Slovenian border, this is completely accessible, thoroughly enjoyable and works with a wide range of food. A bit of truffle, spice and orange peel on the nose, the palate has a pleasant grip from the noticeable, but soft, tannins. Flavors of apricot and orange come forward, balanced by refreshing acidity. This is what we want to have with a meal like Thanksgiving dinner, as it goes with everything from seafood to turkey legs and might even stand up to slightly sweetened cranberries.<
This is a truly noble white wine, with loads of mineral character that remind us of Chablis. It is rich and smooth with aromas of mature peach, lime, crushed stones and Asian spice. Verdicchio has the ability to age beautifully, and this 5 year old beauty is the current release. It is one of our favorite white wines in the store, so please buy it before we drink it all!
Shafer is one of the most admired wineries in the United States. Winemaker Elias Fernandez (a second-generation Mexican-American, and a true success story) is relentless in his attention to detail. Shafer has long been leaders in sustainable agriculture and environmentally-friendly practices, and were the first winery in the world to rely solely on solar energy.Their Merlot is classic California in the best sense. Full-bodied and structured with healthy tannins wrapped around a core of ripe black fruit and a healthy bit of oak. Patience will reward you with this wine
Shafer has long been leaders in sustainable agriculture and environmentally-friendly practices, and were the first winery in the world to rely solely on solar energy. Their Chardonnay strikes a nice balance between European and Californian styles. A restrained use of oak, the absence of malolactic fermentation and use of natural yeast work together to let the pure, cool climate Carneros fruit shine through. Melon, honeysuckle, apricot, pineapple and flint all held together with bright acidity and nice balance. Winemaking Details: Aged in New French Oak Barrels, Natural Yeast
Jacques Lassaigne’s vines mainly consist of Chardonnay, and his blanc de blanc is made entirely of it. The soils in Montgueux are heavy on the limestone – the perfect material for good champagne. This lovely, complex Champagne has a hint of sherry and croissant on the nose, with crisp minerality and a lingering finish that goes on and on This is a special wine, but don't wait for a special occasion, drinking it can make any day special. Winemaking Details: Low SO2 Added, Wild Yeast Fermentation
Restrained, complex fruit of pear and apple, waxy and fantastic tannins, yes from a white wine! Strange..worth trying. Winemaking Details: Spontaneous Yeast Fermentation, Unfiltered, Unfined, Vegan, Low SO2 Added