One of my favorite champagnes…perhaps my favorite at this price on the planet. Our first champagne had to be something that was a WOW! And Moncuit never fails to deliver on the superlatives. No need to take my word for it though, check out the critical evaluations from the top wine critics: 100% Chardonnay from the family's grand cru vineyards in Le Mesnil. Dosage is 9 grams/liter. Very mineraled release, where the terroir of Le Mesnil really comes through. We smell the chalk, then lurking underneath, plenty of concentrated fruit including grapefruit and an exotic pineapple note.
Who doesn't love a foamy glass of delicious sparkling rosé? This little party starter from Friuli is one for the fridge and the hopeful return of gatherings in the coming months. In the meantime, there is enough deliciousness here to throw a party for yourself before settling into your coziest spot to binge some Netflix.
Put down that yellow label bubbly and dive into something much more compelling for a few dollars less. Jean Voirin, who owned some vines and sold all his grapes in bulk, decided to begin bottling his own champagne at the end of World War II. The Jumel family started producing champagne around the same time—René Jumel had a transport business and his wife's family had some vines that they cultivated. As the champagne market grew, René began selling some of his trucks and buying vineyards around the Côte des Blancs, which his wife, Paulette Richomme, worked and oversaw. Between 1950 and 1970, all the grapes were sold in bulk. A blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir from the Côte des Blancs and Vallée de la Marne, this is the domaine's "entry level" champagne, perfect for any occasion. Its aromas and flavors of red fruits, hazelnuts and almonds are balanced by a pleasant liveliness. And way more interesting than some of the big house sparklers you pick up at the Warehouse Box Store.
This is Due Santi Wines' first sparkling rosé, and it does not disappoint. Produced from organic Merlot grapes, this bright and satisfying wine celebrates the journeys we take in life. Real journeys toward a special person or place. Journeys of the mind or heart toward some greater good. Plus all of those crossings -- real and imagined -- that we make just for the sake of it. This sparkling wine has a beautifully rich pink hue and just the right amount of bubbles. Share a celebratory glass with friends or sip leisurely by the pool -- you can't go wrong with this one.
Is the most complete and beautifully balanced wine we have made from our Merlot plantings. This wine is one part Provence (in color and acidity) and one part Castelli Romani (for its ripeness and length on the palate).
This particular rosé wine is dry, lively, and refreshing with aromas and flavors of tangy red cherries, pomegranate, fresh ginger, and white pepper. It’s the perfect aperitif but also pairs well with light, Mediterranean-inspired food.
This organic rosé wine is the very best product that we have produced in this line since the debut in 2018. The lovely amber color of the 2018 wine has returned, along with some really pleasant and inviting floral tones on the nose. At first taste, a combination of citrus and mineral flavors appears, with notable peach and orange hints lingering till the end. Our rosato 2020 weighs in at 12.5% alcohol and wears it well. For anyone who likes the Spritz, Italy’s current national favorite after-work drink, this wine will also give you that sense of genuine Italian style, grace and beauty, all in a glass.
This white is one for the books. It has aromas of white peaches, honey, and wildflowers and has flavors of citrus, white pepper, fresh almonds, and stone fruits. Pairs perfectly with a big roasted chicken, pork, or shellfish for your Easter dinner. Also goes incredibly well with a garlic-heavy sauce, like pesto. And do not skimp on the great EVOO and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
This white has aromas of jasmine and yellow flowers. It is plush yet lively, with good acidity; rich, intense citrus and apricot flavors. The freshness of this wine screams for seafood or light pasta dishes. It would be great with calamari, spaghetti with clams, or simply bread and olive oil.
Dry Chenin Blanc is a thing of beauty. This one is made with 100% Chenin Blanc that comes from clay soils littered with small pieces of silex. It is aged in stainless steel tanks and older barrels (+ 10 years old). This medium to full-bodied wine has notes of apple, fresh almonds, peach, and citrus fruit. Imagine all the pairings with spicy foods and savory summer grilling without any perceptible sweetness. This wine is my go-to for sausages (especially the jalapeno and cheese kind). Also goes well with broiled fish and goat cheese.
This cuvée is made from 1 hectare of 65-year-old Jacquere vines, grown on clay and limestone soils. After being harvested by hand, the grapes undergo a long fermentation with full malolactic. The lees are stirred in the tank for two months to give the wine additional richness and complexity. Production is just over 600 cases a year. The wine shows mineraled notes (tonic) as well as higher-pitched floral notes. Excellent with grilled fish, shellfish, and the local Savoyard charcuterie.
This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc. Waxy fruit (star fruit, dried pineapple), flinty, and full of that lovely rockiness that only comes from the Loire Valley, this is a cerebral white wine. Dream pairing for grilled chicken (particularly with some French herbs) and shellfish cooked over a fire. Or you could just throw some olive oil, herbs, and salt on pasta and go to town.
This wine drinks well above its price point. Perhaps more like aSancerrethan the neighbors there would be comfortable admitting, this is a very classy white wine and among the best whites we have ever offered for the price. 100% Sauvignon Blanc from old vines (the oldest planted in 1947) on a gentle slope near the top of the hill. The vineyards face directly south, and the soil is clay and limestone. The grapes are hand-harvested and pass through a sorting table. Yields average about 35 hl/ha. The wine is barrel-fermented for 3 months, then aged in barrel for 8 months, with lees-stirring every 4 days or so. A delicious mouthful of Sauvignon Blanc that overachieves not only its appellation but also those to the east, notably Sancerre. Great texture, bright white peach fruit, classy vanilla notes and good underlying acidity make this an absolute pleasure to drink.
This wine is killer. There is always a potency of mineral in a great Friulano. In this case, there is also a lushness to couple with the power. This particular Friulano has aromas of fresh apricots, citrus, and light wildflowers. It’s fresh, fruity, and suave; light on the palate but intensely flavored. Works perfectly as an aperitif, with local salumi or with grilled fish.
This is a complex and rich wine with a lot of backbone to balance out the deep plum, cedar, and hint of vanilla. While our Rosso pairs quite well with pizza, it really shines when served with grilled red meat. The Due Santi is lovely now, but would benefit with a little time in your cellar. Only 200 cases for the American market.
This is a small producer in Lussac Saint Emilion, one of the satellite appellations outside of the more famous Saint Emilion. Soils between the two are similar, with a mixture of limestone, clay, and sand. The wines of Lussac usually over-deliver for their considerably lower prices than the wines from their big brother. Husband and wife team Patricia and Phillipe Bonnin purchased the 9 hectare estate in 1997. The vineyards are an average age of 25 years old. Made with a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine shows concentrated cherry and plum flavors, a hint of tobacco, vanilla, and clove. The tannins are well-integrated on the finish, making this wine a wonderful candidate to accompany hearty stews, a veal chop with mushrooms, or roasted pork tenderloin.
Did you happen to read Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” ? If so, think of EH whiling away the hours scribbling in a notebook, ripping through cigs and ordering cup after cup of easy-drinking Corbières. This is the red that makes you want to watch things happen that do not directly involve yourself. With aromas of blackberry, licorice, and Asian five-spice and flavors of red and black plums and smooth tannins, this is the wine you want to drink with your grilled red meat or game.
The domaine’s top red wine is the cuvée Charles de Batz, which was the original name of d'Artignan. The wine is composed of 90% Tannat with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines that are 50-100 years old. After being completely destemmed, the Cabernet and Tannat are fermented separately in cement tanks. During this time, a bit of micro-oxygenation or microboullage takes place. The wine then goes into oak (50% new) in an underground cellar where it also undergoes malolactic fermentation. After 12 months in wood, it is blended and bottled after a very light filtration. Very ripe, rich Madiran that takes no prisoners. This wine succeeds in obtaining more fruit than tannin! The color is nearly opaque—wine doesn't get much darker than this. It displays notes of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) along with just a hint of red fruit. There is a cedar-like creaminess to the oak which is extremely well-integrated. Tannins pick up on the finish but, let's face it, this is Madiran and that is to be expected. These tannins seem to dissolve when the wine is matched with richly flavored meats like leg of lamb, duck, goose, or game.
The best red wine we have offered to date (outside of our beloved Due Santi Rosso, of course). This is 100% Syrah and absolutely dynamite. This is a muscular and glorious specimen and pairs perfectly with grilled meat. In fact, while we usually steer clear of too much BBQ sauce with French wine, this bottle dares one to pour it on thick.
Perhaps no other grape has benefitted by the warmer climate than Gamay. This wine and all Beaujolais reds are produced only with this noble grape. Over the past few vintages, these wines have become more rich, fleshy (viscous), and delicious. In essence, this is a wine for all foods, but we especially love this paired with grilled meat, heavy salads, and even enchiladas and fajitas.
Grapes are hand-harvested in small batches, then fermented and aged in fiberglass tanks with daily pump-overs. The juice undergoes a 7-day fermentation period, after which the free-run and press wines are blended. After malolactic, the wine is aged for 6 months in fiberglass tanks on its fine lees and is bottled after a light filtration. Notes of Morello cherry and black fruit with a savory note of black pepper.
Soft on the palate, this is a very versatile wine that can be enjoyed with anything you might put on your dinner table.
This wine is killer. It has a deep ruby color. Blackberry with a bit of red fruit peeking through, along with a touch of pepper. A hint of herbs (mountain herbs, as in Chartreuse) come through on the rich, full-bodied palate. The lightly tannic finish is also long.
2019 in Beaujolais was like a combination of the best three years ever in the area. Critics are screaming from the mountain tops about 2019 and its merits. This wine has violet aromas, akin to Vosne-Romanée. Tannins are silk and flavors suggest red berries, red plums, and light spice. Goes well with white meat, like chicken, and hard cheeses, such as Comté.
This is a big wine. It is from a cool place, near a rushing river. Yet, it is a mouthful of delicious and potent fruit. Notes of blackberry, cranberry, and cherry. Serve this wooly monster with a thick ribeye and lots of buttered potatoes.
This wine from California has balanced acidity with hints of tobacco and the experience of warm vine-ripened bramble berries popped into your mouth in the moment after being plucked from the vine. Cracked pepper and eucalyptus add delightful savory notes. This is an excellent natural wine for newbies or one to share with the friends. It would pair perfectly with a standing rib roast.
Due Santi Rosso 2019 is the beneficiary of perfect weather and a superb growing season in the spring and summer of 2019. The final product is a wine with extraordinary character, complexity, and sense of command. It is deep purple in color and rich and satisfying in taste. On the nose, there are complex and seductive hints of dark-blooded forest fruits, just enough but not too much leather, and then a hint of smokey wood aromas from our newly-acquired casks. For our Cabernet Sauvignon lovers, this year’s DSR gives you more to enjoy than in past vintages, in effect elevating the smoothness of the Merlot with some pleasant action and indeed transgression on the part of its Cab Sav counterpart. Weighing it at 13% alcohol, this wine is generous to the final drop.