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Champagne

NV Étienne Doué 'cuveé selection,' Chardonnay/pinot noir, brut, Aube

75

A fine example of a "grower" Champagne, as well as a sensory experience for your palate. Lush and fruit driven, with a keen chalky mineral edge.

Bernard Remy Carte Blanche NV, CHARDONNAY, CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE

79

Run by father-and-son team Bernard and Rudy, the Champagne house Bernard Rémy lies in the small town of Allemant at the heart of Chardonnay-focused Côte des Blancs. Bernard founded the house in 1968 and debuted his own bottlings in the 1970s. Rudy began learning winemaking under his father in 1996 before finally taking over the estate in 2008. This bottle has everything you want from a Champagne made from Chardonnay grown on limestone soils. Fresh and brioche-y apple tart greets you on the nose, followed by a palate of cutting acidity and minerality. Quintessential. -mikey

NV JOSEPH PERRIER 'CUVÉE ROYALE,' Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/PINOT MEUNIER, Montagne de Reims

85

NV COLLET 'ART DECO,' Pinot Noir/Chardonnay/PINOT MEUNIER, Montagne de Reims

120

NV LACOURTE-GODBILLON ‘TERROIRS D'ECUEIL,’ Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims

100

Lacourte-Godbillon is a family house that for many years farmed grapes to sell to large Champagne houses. And, what quality those houses would have received! A newcomer to the city of Chicago, and quite thankful for its arrival. Steely, mineral driven, finesse bubbles.

NV LACOURTE-GODBILLON ‘Mi Pentes,’ Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims

135

NV Pierre Paillard 'Les parcelles,' Bouzy, Montagne de rEIms

110

Bouzy is home to Grand Crus for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This highly sought after combo provides a broud shouldered Champagne with a striking tone of finesse.

NV roger coulon 'l'Hommée,' vrigny, montagne de rEIms

125

Our "go to" selection if you're looking for that classic "toasty, yeasty, rich" style. The Chardonnay spends seven months in barrel and the complete wine spends five years in bottle before disgorgement.

NV Pertois-moriset 'les quatre terroirs' brut, grand cru, les mesnil-sur-oger

140

WOW! What a sophisticated and utterly indulgent Blanc des Blancs that rivals its massively more expensive neighbors. Low dosage and a high percentage of the yearly wine weave together like soft Turkish sheets. Grand Cru Blanc des Blancs does not have to cost over $500!

CORPINNAT & CONCA DEL RIU ANOIA, Penedès Spain

We choose to highlight these winemakers and emerging regions for a couple of important reasons. First, both winemakers farm biodynamically with mostly indigenous varietals, which is really important to hedge against climate change. Synergy with mother nature is going to be integral in beating the high temps and drastic weather heading our way, and these regions are poised to continue making wines for generations to come. The Monserrate mountain range provides a barrier from the harsh hails and heavy rains experienced by OTHER REGIONS. indigenous varietals thrive in Penedès with deep rootstocks to find water in arid conditions. Second is the terroir! Any chunk of limestone at Raventos or conglomerate rock at Gramona will be full of ancient sea life, which after 16 million years equals pure minerality. Call me crazy, but sometimes I swear I can taste a hint of crustacean shell. - Nik

2016 Raventos 'Textures de Pedra’ Xarel·lo, Sumoll, Bastard Negra, Conca Del Riu Anoia

90

No dosage and 42 months on native yeasts from the vineyard, along with some rare red Xarel·lo Vermell vines planted in 65’. The grape variety Sumoll (sue-moy) also makes up part of this wine, from the highest-elevation plot at Raventos, El Serral.

2017 Raventos ‘De La Finca’ Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Conca Del Riu Anoia

75

No dosage and 30 months on native lees from 57 year old Xarel·lo vines. Coming from a later-than-usual harvest, this bottle exhibits a fine mousse and nice acid to enjoy with anything from our food menu, even if we decide to add a wasabi dish :)

2009 Gramona ‘Celler Batlle’ Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Corpinnat

200

Yes, 111 months on the lees, then disgorged in June 2019. Don’t expect much brioche---this wine is fresh, as if you took a time machine back to 2012. An excellent example of why the fossil-ridden terroir of Penedès and lees aging make such a fine marriage. If you are going to indulge, why not try it next to its younger sibling ‘Imperial’.

2014 Gramona ‘Imperial’ Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Corpinnat

75

About half the lees aging as Celler Batlle, Tonya and I ended up drinking 3 bottles of this the day we visited the winery. First after a horseback ride through the vineyards, second with the Gramona team over lunch, and then for dinner because ‘wine not?’, we’re on a roll! There is about 8% Chardonnay as the D.O. Corpinnat allows up to 10% non-indigenous grapes.

Sparkling – WORLD WIDE

Another Rare opportunity! The beguiling wines from Costadilà are back! These are not your "Brunch Prosecco" I can assure you ;-)
The numbers Notate the elevation, in meters, of the parcel from which the wine comes from.
330 Slm
60
Initial fermentation and aging occurs only in stainless steel before it's bottled, and referments with that vintages must
NV Red Tail Ridge ‘Perpetual Change,’ Brut Nature, Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York

60

“Round. Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel...” Nancy Irelan’s masterpiece blend of mostly Chardonnay (57%) and Riesling (32.5%) low dosage and one of the most unique bouquets and flavor profiles I’ve ever had in a sparkling wine. Oh! And, a Velociraptor!

NV Divella Gussago ‘Blanc de Blancs,’ Chardonnay, Franciacorta, Italy

85

This wine blew my mind. I pushed the Franciacorta rock up hill in this business far too long, to zero effect. My first thoughts upon tasting this? Alessandra Divella is producing Blanc de Blancs on par with the two Jacques (Selosse and Lassaigne, in Champagne) at a fraction of the price!

2018 CHAPUIS FRÈRES 'LE BULLES,' PINOT NOIR, BURGUNDY, France

75

Brothers, Jean-Guillaume and Romaine, grew up among the vines of Burgundy. They craft an incredible, dry, white cherry laden sparkler which is rare in this region.

 

NV Belluard 'Mont Blanc,' Gringet, Ayse, Savoie, France

90

Dominique Belluard, whom the world lost at the tender age of 55, in 2021, crafts one of the most enigmatic sparkling wines outside of Champagne, from the Gringet grape. Heralded for it's sense of place and ability to age, I was hesitant to add it to the menu. After enjoying a bottle, at BAMBINO in Paris, to much delight and reflection on life, it was time to release our minuscule allocation.

  

2000 Recaredo ‘Turo d’en Mota’ Cava Brut Nature, Penedes, Spain

200

After nearly a decade on lees, this single vineyard Xarello is the finest Cava currently available & could easily rival great Champagnes.

2010 Bisson ‘Abissi’ Spumante, Portofino, Liguria, Italy

220

One of the world’s sparkling wine treasures, this is matured on its lees 200 feet under the sea, emerging from the water with barnacles and seaweed intact on the bottle; a gentle wine of total saline-edged finesse.

 

Sparkling – Pétillant Naturel • Méthod Ancestrale

2019 OCTáGONO, red blend, san felipe, guanajuato, Mexico (sparkling red)

60 

I met Marcelo Castro Vera, by chance, while endlessly searching for any sort of "natural wine" while in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, last year. I was blown away by his commitment to produce wines in the ancient Georgian method. Truly pleasurable, grippy and juicy. Party on!

2020 JULIEN PINEAU 'CHECAGOU BULLES,' CABERNET SAUVIGNON, LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE (Rosé)

65

Our guy, Julien Pineau, grew up a huge fan of the Chicago Bulls during their multiple championship runs in the 90's. He has long since wanted to craft an homage wine for this great city and those great Bulls teams. Don't save these bottles as collector pieces, drink them, please!

French Whites – Loire Valley

2019 Domaine de la Pépière 'Clisson,' Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet Sèvre & Maine

55

Marc Ollivier is a titan when it comes to producing incredibly complete Melon de Bourgogne. While this is his last vintage before retiring to the North Coast, due to some catastrophic vintages, it will be the last we see for a few years. Take full advantage with a big plate of oysters!

2020 Agnès et René mosse 'magic of Ju-Ju,' Chenin Blanc, Anjou

60

One of our favorite families in the wine world. Chenin with body, nuance and so much fun to drink! 

 
2020 Bellivière 'Prémices,' Chenin Blanc, Jasnières

60

Fruit forward Chenin, and that is the goal with Premices. A barrel selection of the most fruit forward and the reason I fell in love with this grape oh so many years ago!

 

2019 Ludovic Chanson 'Les Perchers,' Chenin Blanc, Montlouis-Sur-Loire

60

Chanson's "Perchers" reminds me greatly of Mark Angeli's, Sansonniere Chenin's except for the fact I have more than two bottles in inventory and the price is as sexy as the juice itself!

2018/19 Le Sot de L'Ange, Chenin Blanc, Azay le Rideau

70

I dig Quentin Bourse's wines, especially his Chenin and couldn't wait to get it back in the cellar. Leaning more to the peach, lime, and balanced residual sugar.

2019 Château de l'EperonNière, Chenin Blanc, Savennières

70

A classic example of Chenin and one that I have enjoyed throughout my career. The name may be difficult to say, so just ask for the Chenin Charles sold to Dave Chapelle many many moons ago!


TRY AN AMERICAN VERSION!
2020 Bow & Arrow 'fool's gold,' Chardonnay/Sauvignon blanc, Willamette Valley, OR

60

You know when you're drinking a Bow & Arrow wine that it is going to have a Loire-esque vibe to them. "Fool's Gold" is winemaker Scott Frank's nod to a Cheverny blanc (50% Chardonnay, 50% Sauvignon Blanc). I must say, he nailed it! A crowd pleaser? No. A WOW-pleaser!

French Whites – Chablis & Burgundy

2020 Julien Brocard 'La Boissonneuse,' Chablis

70

Julien Brocard is the son of notable Chablis producer, Jean-Marc, and has taken over making wines for both labels. Julien concentrates on farming that combats the changing climate, slow oxygenation in large oak vats, which in turn expresses each of his seven places. Intense blend of peach, salinity, without being overpowering. 

2020 Julien Brocard, Montée de Tonnerre, 1ER Cru, Chablis

130

The 2020 vintage was one of the best France has seen in years. Hard to believe with everything else going on that year. Be bullish if you love Chablis, there probably won't be any 2021's. Montée de Tonnerre sits next to the famous Grand Crus, yet is only a Premier. Which isn't all that bad because the price would be tripled if so.

2018 Duplessis, Vaillons, 1er Cru, Chablis

110

Gerard Duplessis wines always ooze with class. Vaillons has always been a favorite Premier Cru for me due to it's approachability with structure of the Grand Crus.

2020 CHAPUIS FRÈRES 'Rully,' CHARDONNAY, BEAUNE

100

Multi-parcel selection, with minimal intervention, kissed with used oak. This is a definitively "modern" white Burgundy laden with tropical fruits and brûléed pineapple. 

2020 CHAPUIS FRÈRES 'Chorey-Lès-Beaune,' CHARDONNAY, BEAUNE

105

Single parcel, exhibiting more of the traditional profile one would expect from White Burg. Some lemon curd, some nutty, some tropical, equals pure enjoyments

2016 “Le Vendangeur Masqué” BY OLIVIER DE MOORViognier/Chardonnay/Clairette/Roussanne
‘En si Belle Compagnie Meridionale,’ Southern Rhône 
65
Round, dry, with classic notes of macadamia nut, white almond, straw, sunflower. Excellent length on the finish to be enjoyed with fatty fish

A selection of beguiling wines from the incomparable duo,

Alice et Olivier de moor

2019/2020 Aligoté, Burgundy

65

2020 'Chitry,' Chardonnay, Burgundy

75

2020 'l'Humeur du Temps,' Chardonnay, Chablis 

85

2020 'sans Bruit,' Sauvignon Blanc, St.Bris, Burgundy

75

2020 Vendangeur Masqué, Chardonnay, Chablis

65

French Whites – Jura

2018, Dom. de la Touraize, savagnin, Arbois
120

I hate to be a broken record, but there's just not enough Labet anymore. However, Neil Rosenthal, the legendary importer that introduced the US to another legend, Jacques Puffeney, is incredible at finding the next great winemakers in Jura. The Morin's Savagnin is fermented "sous voile" so expect those brown butter/nutty with intense acid you're know and love!

French Whites – Other Regions

The last of their kind, from the Maestro of Gringet, 
The late Dominique Belluard 
(Minuscule quantities available, don't be surprised if it's already sold out)
2019 'Les Alpes'

90

A blend of two parcels that are fermented and aged in concrete eggs separately before being combined in tank. A lighter, dancier look at Gringet

 

2020 'Le Feu'

135

'Le Feu' comes off a vineyard that is nightmarishly steep and insanely difficult to work by hand, yet yields a robust flavor profile that should be revered as an absolute triumph at this price!

2019 Domaine des Masques 'Exception,' Chardonnay, Bouches Du Rhône, Provence

75

Aix-en-Provence is world renowned for it's production for stunning rosé. Can we now add Chardonnay to its CV? Only when Yves Cuilleron is making the wine. 

2020 Les Deplaude de Tartaras 'Regards Croises,' White Blend, Northern Rhône

70

Here's a unique blend of grapes that aren't all recognized as wines of the region. Jacquere, Roussanne, Chasselas, Ravat Blanc(?), and Clairette combine to form a tropical  fruit, with straw tannin, power pop. 

2019 Dard & ribo, marsanne/rousanne, crozes-hermitage, Northern Rhône

105

A rare treat to be offered the white wine from luminariers, Rene-Jean and Francois. You'll probably have this introduced to you if you're search includes "something from Burgundy."

2018 vernay 'coteau de Vernon,' Viognier, condrieu, Northern Rhône

130

The gold standard, the late Georges Vernay was the epicenter of Condrieu. His daughter has ran with the mantle and hasn't missed a beat. This is an opportunity of a lifetime to experience the first vintage after his passing at a fraction of its typical cost. A Webster's exclusive.

 
2021 Matin Calme 'Ose,' Carignan Gris/Grenache Blanc, Languedoc-Roussillon

70

Anthony Guix blends in a little Muscat á Petite Grains and Macabeu for a wild ride of a wine that will keep you on red alert with every glass.

 
2021 Bruno Duchêne 'Luna Blanc,' Xarel-Lo/Vermentino/Chardonnay, Banyuls

75

Another example of the ever increasing "Vin de la Communauté Européenne." Xarel-Lo from Penedes, Spain; Vermentino from France's south-central region, Aude; and Chardonnay from the Mâcon. Confused? No need to be. Pure rebellious vignerons turning there nose up at the establishment.

ITALIAN, Spanish, & Canary Islands Whites

2020 Montenidoli, Vernaccia, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy

45

Elisabetta Fagiuoli’s white wines are just as stellar as her reds! Incredible floral notes and unmatched silky texture. Pinot Grigio is canceled.

2020 PANEVINO 'TINO,' VERMENTINO, SARDINIA, Italy

85

MIND BLOWN ALERT!. I rarely if ever get offered the exceptional Sardinian stylings from Gianfranco Manca, let alone a white wine! "Tino" is a 2020 only vintage (insert unicorn emoji here). This is a direct press wine, so don't expect the usual "skin contact natty" aspect. 

2019 los Loros 'Siete Lomas,' Marmajuelo/Gual, Valle de Güímar, Canary Islands

70

Juan Francisco co-ferments these two indigenous grapes, grown from vines in the volcanic soils that overlook the North Atlantic Sea, closer to Africa than that of Spain. More akin to Spain's white wines of Rioja than zippy Albariño, not a "patio pounder," it's more contemplative.

German & American Riesling

2020 Clemens busch 'Low Sulfur,' riesling trocken, Mosel, germany

55

Clemens is the fifth generation winemaker at this estate. This particular offering, which always seems to show the intense character of the Marienburg vineyards, is bottled with dramatically lower amounts of sulfur. Intense, flinty, and austere. 2020 is a "don't miss vintage!"

2019 j.b. becker, wallufer walkenberg, riesling, spätlese trocken, rheingau, germany

60

"Becker's wines will not  taste like the other wines coming out of Rheingau and Hans-Josef Becker just doesn't give a rip."-VB An incredible display of stone, herb, with uncommon savory, earthy tones. Angular and austere, pondering and contemplative

2019 Brooks, Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon

45

An outstanding example of domestic Riesling from our friends at Brooks. Don't underestimate how much complexity is going on at this price range.

North America White​

​2020 Frenchtown Farms 'Pearl Thief,' Sauvignon/Roussanne/Semillon, North Yuba, California

70

Aaron and Cara Mockrish are atemtpting to accomplish what Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) has for the last 20+ years, utilize what the Earth and weather provide them to make highly sought after wines. The North Yuba AVA of the Sierra Foothills, is as fascinating a terroir as the people that live there. These three expressions provide a comprehensive view of this thought.

Skin Contact Whites (‘Orange’)

2020 Mas Goma 'Joan,' Xarel-Lo, Penedès, spain

60

From 70 year old vines that have seen the conversion into low intervention farming, the wine is naturally fermented and put into amphora for six months. Insane freshness, texture, and complexity
 
2020 Enderle & Moll, Grauburgunder, Baden, Germany

65

Grauburgunder (aka Pinot Gris) when left on the skins, in this case 10 months, turns an exotic copper/rose color that. The flavors are exquisitely favorable for food pairing, with just enough tanning to separate it from a rosé.
2017 filipo Manetti 'Menis,' albana, Emilia-romagna, italy

60

Albana spends nine months in amphora that are not underground, but are packed in dirt for temperature control. Reminiscentof the great Oslavian"orange" wines like Vodopivec, Gravner.
2018 ČOTAR, Malvazija (aka Malvasia), Kras, Slovenia

70

Branko Čotar owned two very successful restaurants, in which he caught the wine bug. He completely planted his vineyard himself, an amazing feat! The vineyard sits on iron rich, red limestone. The Malvazija macerates on its skins for four to ten days before half is racked into new oak, and the rest in two years and older for roughly 18 months. This wine will age like a glacier, but something this good is hard not to drink now!
 
2021 Matassa 'Cuvée Marguerite,' Macabeu/Muscat, Roussillon, France 

75

Tom Lubbe has the ability to make me snort laugh and excite my palate with stunning wine. This wildly aromatic wine has such impressive structure, that I was initially puzzled. It's an herbal explosion like freshly grinding herbs in a stone mortar; natty and fun

2021 Matassa 'Olla Blanc,' Macabeu/Muscat, Roussillon, France 

65

Coume de l'Olla is a "lieu-dit" of Catalan varietals that gives you an entry into Tom's style. Not as brash as Marguerite or Alexandria, but great skin contact white wine!

2020 Dom. de la touraize 'zeste,' Savagnin, Arbois, jura, France 

115

This is a rarity, but I promise, not a novelty, skin contact wine from the Jura! And it's really exciting stuff. Less about sous voile flavors and more about incredible texture. This wine can stand up to any food you put in front of it!

Rosé

2020 ANTXIOLA, HONDARRABI BELTZA, GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA,  BASQUE, SPAIN

40

No matter the season, a bottle of Txakoli (Chaw-ko-lee), a porron, and a few friends is always the beginning for a good time!

2019 OCTAGONO, ROSA DEL PERU, VERGEL DE LA SERRE, SAN FELIPE, MEXICO

55

Wine selections in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico are bad. And, natural wines, nearly nonexistent. Trust me! So, it was with great delight that I had lunch with Webster's owners at an incredible restaurant and was introduced to the wines of Octágono. I fell head overheels in love! Then, I found out the owner, Marcelo Vera, lives in San Miguel! The wines are newly imported to Chicago. Every single wine made at Octagono is fermented in clay pots, much like the Georgian kvevri. The definition of zero intervention and absolutely zero sulfites added. Every bit as great as the orange!

2021 Bruno Duchêne 'La Luna Rosé,' GSM Blend, Banyuls, France

60

This common blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, is anything but common! Bruno's wines are always expressive, inviting, and pleasurable. A rare allocation!

2020 FRANK CORNELISSEN 'SUSUCARU,' MT. ETNA, SICILY

65

One of the best vintages I've tasted of this perennial favorite. It's heady field blend that channels volcanic intensity into wild fruit. 

2020 Frenchtown Farms 'Cecelia,' Syrah/Sauvignon/Grenache, North Yuba AVA, Sierra Foothills, CA

65

Aaron and Cara Mockrish are atemtpting to accomplish what Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) has for the last 20+ years, utilize what the Earth and weather provide them to make highly sought after wines. The North Yuba AVA of the Sierra Foothills, is as fascinating a terroir as the people that live there. These three expressions provide a comprehensive view of this thought.

CHAMPAGNE
SPARKLING - OTHER COUNTRIES
SPARKLING - PETILLANT NATUREL
FRENCH WHITES - LOIRE VALLEY
FRENCH WHITES - BURGUNDY
FRENCH WHITES - JURA
FRENCH WHITES - OTHER REGIONS
ITALIAN & SPANISH WHITES
GERMAN & AMERICAN RIESLING
ORANGE WINE
ROSE
CORPINNAT & CONCA DEL RIU ANOIA
FRENCH REDS - LOIRE VALLEY
FRENCH REDS - BEAUJOLAIS

French Reds – Loire Valley

2020 Noëlla Morantin 'La Boudinerie,' Gamay, Touraine

55

Although Noëlla doesn't have the involvement in the Clos Roche Blanche vineyards like the two fellas that are now the caretakers, her Gamay does more to bring back that flavor memory of vintages past. This wine is an absolute gem!

2020 Bellivière 'Rouge-Gorge,' Pineau d'Aunis, Coteaux-Du-Loir

75

Pineau d'Aunis is a peppery grape, but will not, as the translation implies, turn your throat red. One of the finest elaborations of this grape is you're searching from Gamay, or Pinot Noir alternatives.

2018 Noëlla Morantin 'Tango Atlantico,' Cabernet Franc/Côt, Touraine

60

Every sentiment I penned above regarding Noëlla's Gamay applies here, in spades! 

SOLD OUT -- 2016 Olga Raffault ‘La Picasses,’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon

65

From one of the sweetest couples in the wine world. The 2016 is showing all the archetypal characteristics we love in Cab Franc, from Chinon. These wines should be monumentally more expensive. The lesson here, lovely people aren't greedy!

 

2008 Olga Raffault ‘La Picasses,’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon

110

A rare opportunity to experience the phenomenal longevity of Raffault's Cab Franc! These library releases are highly sought after and never dissappoint!

2008 Olga Raffault ‘La Picasses,’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon

2016 Catherine et pierre breton 'clos sénéchal,’ Cabernet Franc, bourgueil

75

Across the Loire River from Chinon sits Bourgueil. If you seek an expression of Cab Franc that shows depth and precision, look no further. 

Try a North american Version!

2020 Limited ADDdition, cabernet franc, eola sPRINGS vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR

70

Old vine Cabernet Franc that represents itself closely to its Chinon and Bourgueil brethren. A tremendous blend of New World ripeness with Old World savory notes. The vines thrive in the rocky, thin volcanic soils of the Eola-Amity Hills. Not to be missed!

 

French Reds – Beaujolais

(Gamay)(Crus listed from North to South)
2018 maison de belles lies, Beaujolais-Villages

65

Pierre Fenals left his career in fashion to pursue a second act as a winemaker. He was enthralled by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner's theories on biodynamic farming thus wanting to incorporate the same practices. Gamay that could easily be confused as Pinot Noir from neighboring Burgundy.

 
2020 Julie Balagny 'Minouche,' Saint-Amour

75

Julie left her life in Paris to pursue a life in winemaking, eventually being mentored by Yvon Metras. Her property was perfect for farming biodynamically and her wines show it! This is the first time we've been able to offer her incredible Gamay and I couldn't be happier to share it with you! Incredible juice!

 
2020 Anne-Sophie Dubois 'l'Alchemiste,' Fleurie

60

Hailing from Champagne, and trained in Burgundy, Anne-Sophie chose Beaujolais, namely Fleurie, as the region to ply her trade simply do to economics. And, we are all glad she did! Her wines are as soulful as the legendary "Gang of Four" wines. A true rising star!

2018 Damien Coquelet (Co-Ka-lay), CHIROUBLES

45

When someone mentions the Crus, Chiroubles, Damien's wines are my north star. If this Crus was a child on The Brady Bunch, it would have a huge "Marcia, Marcia, MARCIA" vibe. See how it overcomes the "cute" finesse of Fleurie and everyone's "most popular, most beloved" Morgon.

2018 Antoine Sunier, Morgon

70

I always know when I'm drinking an Antoine Sunier wine because it's exhibits so many more savory notes than his contemporaries, in Morgon. 

2020 ChristiAn Ducroux 'Exspectatia,' Régnié

60

Christian is NOT one of the "new blood" vintners revitalizing Beaujolais. On the contrary, he has long championed regenerative farming since the '80's. His grapes produce some of the most purely flavored in the region. 

2017 Alex Foillard, Brouilly

110

Jean’s son, Alex, is sprinting with the family torch in non-intervention farming, minimal intervention, and bonkers good Bojo.

2019 Pierre Cotton, Côte de Brouilly

70

I gush with glee regarding Pierre’s wines and thrilled to finally see them come to Chicago! I begged. A LOT. See why.

2020 Vivanterre, Gamay, Moulin Au Vent & Brouilly

75

The blend of Gamay from pink granite Moulin Au Vent with the power of Brouilly combines for a "hearty" Beaujolais style. Check. This. OUT!

2019 DOM. SAINT-CYR 'TERRIOR DE BELLEVUE,' PIERRE DORÉES

45

There's a lot of rumors regarding new Crus in Beaujolais and this area south of Brouilly certainly could be. Raphael's grandfather planted this parcel in 1950. Single parcel, old vine Gamay at this price is becoming as uncommon as low gas prices. 

 

French Reds – Burgundy

2020 CHAPUIS FRÈRES, Pinot Noir, Bourgogne

75

Tasty little gem from brothers, Romaine and Jean-Guillaume. Nice dark cherry, almond bark, and lengthy acidity. Check out their Chardonnay's on the menu as well!

2015 Domaine guillot-broux 'la myotte,' Pinot Noir, Mâcon

80

From the oldest vines on the estate comes this intensely driven, lithe expression of Pinot; stunning purity.

Domaine Rougeot Père & Fils, Pinot Noir, Meursault, Côte-D'Or

You are probably familiar with the wines from Dominique Derain as the quintessential Burgundy producer of non-intervention wines let me introduce you to Pierre-Henri Rougeot. Growing up in Burgundy instilled the "Burgundian" wine making mentality, but it was his exposure to the minimal, soft-touch producers in the Loire and Cahors that shaped his views on utilizing those techniques, in Burgundy. I am proud to offer two selections imported to the US by the great Josh Adler, who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this year and taken from us way too young. 

2017 'Les Vaux' Bourgogne

65

2017 'Clos des Roses' Pommard

125

French Reds – Jura & savoie
 
2020 Dom. de La Touraize 'Les Corvées,' Trousseau, Arbois, Jura

105

Unfortunately, there's just not enough Labet to last forever anymore. However, I highly suggest checking out the wines from André-Jean and Héléana Morin! This is stunningly gorgeous Trousseau that reminds me of the old Puffeney's.

2020 Camille et Mathieu Apffel 'Soleyane,' mondeuse, Savoie

55

Camille and Mathieu have created quite a stir in their burgeoning winemaking career. Soleyane is a nod to the original Domaine name from which they currently lease the vines. This ultimate "sweater weather" crinkly leaves and stew wine. 

Alice bouvot, domaine de L'octavin

jura, france

there are simply not enough words to describe to you what alice's wines exemplify, but if i had to choose one, it would be, committed. 

 

2019 'les Roi des Cépages,' Riesling

90

2018 'Elle Aime,' Pinot Noir/Chardonnay

110

2018 'zerlina,' Pinot noir/trousseau

115

2019 'Dorabella,' poulsard

120

French Reds – Bordeaux 

2020 Le Puy 'Duc des Nauves' merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon, Côtes de Bordeaux

60

2008 Maison Blanche, Merlot/Cabernet Franc, MOntagne Saint-Emilion

100

The flagship bottling is comprised from vines converted to organic farming in 2008 and certified biodynamic in 2013. Once it opens up in the decanter, look for meaty/savory notes. The 08's are aging beautifully, if you grew great fruit!

2017 CLOS DU JAUGUEYRON, HAUT-MÉDOC

95

The soils around Arsac, is comprised of clay, which leads to more fruit driven wines. Little oak is used, and not needed. Give this plenty of time in the glass and have us decant it for you. Outstanding!

French Reds – Northern Rhône

2020 Baptiste Nayrand ‘L’Astrale,’ Gamay, Coteaux du Lyonnais

60

Just outside of the vibrant city of Lyon sits a small hamlet, Millery. Baptiste only produces L’Astrale in the best vintages, so take advantage!

2020 Maison Stephan, syrah, chasse-sur-rhône

60

Proving "natural wine" isn't a "fad" or just "having a moment" Jean-Michel is well into 30+ vintages utilizing the minimal intervention farming practices garnered from Jules Chauvet and Beaujolais "Gang of Four." Released a mere six months after harvest, expect a lighter Syrah profile.

2020 Vincent paris, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage

50

I've really become captivated with the recent proliferation of producers crafting Syrah that aren't always clunky, wound up tight, and unapproachable for 6-7 years. I love Syrah for it's delicate aromatics, as well as it's more pronounced. Don't confuse "light" for balance.

2020 Les Depalude de Tartaras 'Mine Du rien,' Mornen Noir, Crozes-Hermitage

70

Ever had a Mornen Noir?? Odds are the answer is "no." And, that's why you're at Webster's! We have one from terrific vignerons. This is a breezy, grapey, cola, crowd pleaser. Esoteric grapes more often than not produce the types of wine that are perfect of wine drinkers of any ilk. 

2020 Les Depalude de Tartaras 'La Chanse,' Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage

70

The complete package in regards to the chief grape, Syrah, of the region, from Deplaude de Tartaras. Checks all the boxes, plum, olive, violets with plus concentration

French Reds – Southern Rhône

2020 Domaine Vieux Lazaret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape

85

Accessible and immediately pleasurable; this is the wine version of wrapping yourself in a warm blanket; elegant, spiced red fruit.

 
2019 gramenon 'la segesse,' grenache,  Vinsobres, Côte du Rhône

90

Michele Aubery-Laurent, a former nurse that preferred more natural remedies, started Gramenon with her husband, in 1990. Nine years later, she was tragically widowed and left to oversee the vineyards herself. She capitalized on her sense of sustainability and organics in effort to become one of the most sought after wineries in a very "points demanding" region. Without question one of the iconic wineries in Rhône!

French Reds – Languedoc-roussillon, Provence

2019 Domaine le briseau 'enjoy,' cinsault, Languedoc 

45

Nathalie Gaubicher Heredia is to be admired for her perseverance through loss and continues to produce remarkably enjoyable wines that are meant to be "enjoyed" with good friends and good conversation. This wine veers on the natty side of raw, minimal intervention goodness.

2016 ROC D'ANGLADE, Carignan/GSM, Vin de pays du Gard 

65

I got to dazzle guests with this wine on our by the glass list. Astonishing to have had the opportunity to do this. I adore this wine so much I held back a case for the reserve list to monitor its incredible aging potential. But, you should jump on this one now!

2020 Les serrals 'sur le zinc!' syrah/carignan, faugères

45

Early harvest Syrah, bearing more resemblance to Beaujolais than Faurgères, is blended with free-run Carignan creating a kaleidoscope of fruits, hint of olive, in an easy, everyday wine from Chloé Barthet and Frédéric Almazor.

 

2016 Jean-baptiste senat 'mais où est donc ornicar,' grenache/syrah, Minervois

55

France's wine version of "coordinating conjunctions" would have to be Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault etc. Senat's style is fresh, aromatic, wildly savage, and never heavy. 

2020 bruno duchene ‘la luna,’ Grenache/carignan, Languedoc-Roussillon                      

70

Bruno farms incredibly rugged vineyards of Côte Vermeille, in Banyuls. Not to be mistaken for a brooding/dark wine typical of the region. The wine is comprised of Grenache Noir, also Gris and Blanc, with the Carignan. As much as I love visiting France, I'm happy finally have this wine on our list!

2020 bruno duchene ‘odin,’ Tempranillo/carignan/syrah, Languedoc-Roussillon      

80

A simply marvelous blend that truly encapsulates the region, and a look at what will likely become a common blend as global warming transforms the wine world in the years to come. More depth than the La Luna, yet just as playful.

2020 Matin Calme ‘Bonica Marieta,’ carignan/Grenache, Roussillon      

75

Made exactly like his "Mano a Mano" that has been extremely popular here in the past. Bonica Marieta provides a bit more depth and contemplation. The vines are older and from a smaller parcel than Mano a Mano. Still possesses the same carbonic, lifted acidity, with crispy fresh berries and toned down herb finish. 

 

2020 MARTIN TEXIER 'LE PREYNA,' CINSAULT/GRENACHE, VIN DE FRANCE      

70

2016 Henri Milan 'Les Jardins,' Merlot, Provence      

80

Born out of the foothills of the Alpilles Mountains, Milan's Merlot is A: intoxicatingly aromatic B: a triumph for the grape when it's not grown on clay C: a revelation!

FRENCH REDS - BURGUNDY & JURA
FRENCH REDS - BORDEAUX & CAHORS
FRENCH REDS - NORTHERN RHONE
FRENCH REDS - SOUTHERN RHONE
FRENCH REDS - LANGUEDOC & CORSICA

German Red

2019 beurer, Portugieser, Württemberg, Germany

60

Joachim Beurer crafts his wines with the same personality that made him a champion BMX racer, the ability to float on air. Portugieser has the depth of Pinot Noir, the style of Nebbiolo, and the playfulness of Gamay.

Italian Reds – North to South

A rare opportunity to experience the iconic Nebbiolo wines from Giovanni Canonica!
2020 Langhe
95
2018 Grinzane Cavour
160
2018 Paiagallo
175
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2019 roagna, dolcetto, Alba, Piemonte

50

Dolcetto isn't known as an ambitious grape, but when grown as purely as Roagna's, with just a hint of neutral oak, you get a delicious value.

2016 roagna, Nebbiolo, Langhe, Piemonte

95

2016 was what could be referred as a "near perfect" or "vintage of the century." Roagna is one of my favorite producers, in Barolo, due to their respect and adherence to promoting the true characteristics of this noble grape. Absolute steal! 

2016 Virna, Nebbiolo, Cannubi, Barolo, Piemonte

165

2018 Fabio Gea ‘Green Palma,’ Barbera, Alba, Piemonte

115
An unspoken axiom of all lovers of natural wine is looking for Gea’s wines on a list. Brilliant. Stunning. Fun. Captivating. Enchanting. There’s not enough adjectives for the juice Fabio puts into each bottle.

2017 Castel Noarna ‘Cimber,’ Lagrein, Rovereto, Dolomiti

50

Marco Zani’s Lagrein immediately struck me as a hit. If you enjoy Pinot Noir’s, or Grenache, definitely check out this stunner!

2019 Foradori, Teroldego, Dolomiti

60

Elisabetta Foradori is a hero to many of us in the wine profession. Her staunch belief in farming her vineyards holistically was once considered heresy by her peers, now can’t be emulated fast enough. There is but one Teroldego that stands above all others, Foradori.

2017 Monte dall’Ora 'sausto,' Corvina/Rondinella/Molinara, Valpolicella

75

This 'ripasso' style Valpoicella could be called a baby Amarone. I guess it’s fitting that my favorite “Valpolicella” is the elusive Monte dall’Ora.

2011 LA STOPPA 'CAMPOROMANO," BARBERA, EMILIA-ROMAGNA

75

Elena Pantaleoni adheres to the mantra "no wine before it's time," so don't be intimidated by with this much age. It's singing!

2018 Montenidoli, Colorino, Tuscany

55

Known only to “color” Chianti, it was by a dare that Elisabetta started producing this as a single varietal. And, it’s extraordinary!

2019 Ficomontanino ‘Bulgarelli,’ Sangiovese, Tuscany

60

This is Sangiovese! Not overblown by oak, the true characteristics of the grape are exemplified in this newcomer to the US market.

2018 SANGUINETO, VINO NOBILE DI MONTALCINO, Tuscany

75

A classic Vino Nobile farmed and produced by Dora Forsoni, a true steward of healthy land makes healthy grapes and superior wines. Aged for two years in oak, this is your quintessential Tuscan dark, yet delicate, smooth with soft tannin style you probably had on vacation.

 

2020 DAVIDE XODO (DAH-VEED ZO-DO), TAI ROSSO, Marche

45

Davide's style is just what you would expect, easy, drinkable, ecologically responsible farmed, and down right compelling. Yes, Tai Rosso is the grape. Think Garnacha from Spain, the grapes genetic match.

2019 Frank Cornelissen ‘Sususcaru,’ Nerello Mascalese Blend, Etna, Sicily

70

Formerly known as “Contadino” the name had to be changed due to copyright infringement. Silly, but whatevs. Frank has always produced intriguing thought-provoking wines. However, recently the wines have dramatically improved, shedding their volatile, slightly erratic character. The wines are still unique but now the elegant, vibrant character shows through more clearly.

   

2019 occhipinti, frappat0, vittoria, Sicily

85

Arianna Occhipinti's career has a trajectory that only a rocket ship could relate to. Frappato is Sicily's native red grape and exudes a lot of the same characteristics as Gamay. As dynamic, and energetic, as the winemaker herself.

Spanish Reds

Bodega Akutain ‘Cosecha’ 2018 Rioja Alta, SPAIN 2018

52

Bodega Akutain was founded in 1975 by Juan Peñagaricano Akutain, who was then working as an engineer. He bought a 5-hectare vineyard along with a horse stable that he converted into a winery. Today his son Jon runs the daily operations managing their organically farmed vineyards. The wines are made with native fermentation in fiberglass and aging in used American oak barrells. A blend of mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha, this is a lighter, old-school expression of Rioja. Plenty of red fruits come to mind—cherries, pomegranates, and plums—with a lovely tinge of menthol and a medium grip. Delicious and easy to enjoy. -mikey

Imported by Jose Pastor Selections, (Distributed by VineJoy, Chicago)

2020 Bodegas Bhilar ‘Phincas’, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain

60

David Sampedro Gil, dogged believer in biodynamics and the harmonious link between Earth, the human being, the cosmos and the vineyards. This wine exhibits the powerful side of Rioja, without needing to add nefarious additives to achieve such results.

Casa Aurora is named lovingly, after the legacy set forth by winemaker, Germán Blanco’s great-grandmother, Aurora Garcia. Besides planting vineyards, making wine at the home of the village priest, Aurora became the first female in the region to work at the local coal mine. Germán is committed to rehabilitating the vineyards his great-grandmother planted and bottling each as an individual expression of their location. We are pleased to offer the following selections:

 

2019 ‘Clos Pepin’

65

Field Blend of 80+ year old vines

2018 ‘Poula,’

105

Single vineyard blend of red and white grapes that include Mencia, Garnacha, Trousseau, Godello, Palomino

Try a North american Version!

2020 Limited ADdition, mencia, eola springs vineyard, Willamette Valley, Oregon

75

Hot, controversial take, the Willamette Valley has more in common with Galicia, Spain than it does Burgundy. An incredible revelation conceived by winemaker/owner, Bree Stock, MW. Having been to both, WOW, mind blown! And, so is the typicity of their Mencia! Rivals my faves.

EUROPEAN REDS
ITALIAN REDS - NORTH TO SOUTH
SPANISH REDS
NORTH AMERICAN CABENET/MERLOT
AMERICAN REDS - FUN GRAPES
American Reds – Rhône Grapes
AMERICAN REDS - PINOT NOIR

North American Reds - Pinot NoiR

2018 Brooks 'janus,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

75

The exquisite Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings, is winemaker Chris Williams blend of Brooks best vineyard sites across the Willamette Valley. The first label founder Jimi Brooks produced in 1998. This wine is not only made from grapes, also heart and love!

2018 andrew rich 'marine sedimentary soil,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

75

2018 andrew rich 'volcanic soil,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

75

I find Andrew's wines to be some of the most thoughtful, flavorful, and elegant, as any I've ever had. This is the fourth vintage that anfrew has expressed the individual soils found in the Willamette Valley and expressing them through his Pinot Noir. The difference in these wines is unique, fascinating, and a study in Oregon terrior. Buy both and see how!

American Reds – cabernet sauvignoN or Blends

2020 Dusted Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, washington

60

Looking for deep, dark, full bodied Cab?? Winemaker, Chad Johnson will have you loving Washington state wine and sending you to Napa for auto parts.

2019 Time Place Wine Co., Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi, California

75

Jamey Whetstone sources grapes from all over the valley, but the largest percentage comes from Yountville. Not just another "Napa Cab," the winery is a member of California's oldest, and rigorous certification, "Lodi Rules," 

2017 Inconnu, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

90

Laura's Cabernet Sauvignon, for me, is a direct reflection of the winemaker herself. Unwavering, unflinching, direct, and full of power. One of the few labels in and around Napa that challenges convention.

2016 Sinskey 'POV,' Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cabernet Franc, Napa Valley, California

110

The blend changes yearly to express the "point of view" that Robert and his winemaker feel each bottle should express. A pioneer in Napa, and Carneros, farming organically and biodynamically, Sinskey vineyards are representative how bio-diversity and competition create healthy soil.

American Reds – Rhône Grapes

Helen Keplinger’s meteoric rise up through the winemaking ranks has seen her at the helm of some prestigious wineries, in Napa Valley. However, her own wine label reflects her love of Grenache, from her days making wine in Priorat, Spain. It’s a rare treat to be able to offer her wines at this price! When I first started working with them, I was allocated 3 bottles each! And, they were expensive. Take full advantage.

2016 Keplinger ‘Lithic,’ Grenache/Mourvèdre/Syrah, Amador County, California

100

 

2016 Keplinger ‘Sumō,’ Petite Sirah/Syrah/Viognier, Amador County, California

100

2018 Ridge 'gonsalves,' Mataro, Contra costa, California

75

I have been honored to be a part of Ridge's "legacy" buyers program for many years. This has afforded me the opportunity to purchase some of the more unique wines this illustrious winery produces outside of Zinfandels and Monte Bello. Mataro is a synonym the Australians use for Mourvedre, the inky dark skins give the appearance of something dense, yet balanced in acidity and tannins. Jump on this gem!

 

2021 Frenchtown farms 'Chasse Patate,' Mourvèdre/Grenach, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, California

60

Aaron and Cara Mockrish are atemtpting to accomplish what Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron) has for the last 20+ years, utilize what the Earth and weather provide them to make highly sought after wines. The North Yuba AVA of the Sierra Foothills, is as fascinating a terroir as the people that live there. These three expressions provide a comprehensive view of this thought.

2015 Clos Saron 'Stone Soup,' Syrah, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, California

140

To anyone that has not previously had a Clos Saron wine, one would think "California, warm weather, close to Oregon, of course this its what Syrah would taste like." And, that would sadly be the quintessential "judging a book by the cover." Air ball. The decomposed granite (red clay) the vines grow in sound perfect for Syrah. However, it gets so hot the vines shut down during the prime weeks ripening should be occurring. Not 2017, an abundance of rain helped control the excessive heat and the result is the stunning, medium (not heavy) bodied, deeply nuanced 2017 "Stone Soup." Endless aging potential!

Souther Hemisphere Reds

Southern Hemisphere Reds

Bonfanti, Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

60

Grown in vineyards at an astonishing 3,077 feet above sea level, hand harvested and kissed with just enough new and used oak to provide the Malbec style you're craving. 

2020 aslina, cabernet sauvignon, western cape, south africa

65

Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa's first female head winemaker, has amassed an impressive résumé in her 20 plus years in winemaking. Her training in France, as well as consulting, is apparent. The wine is nothing if not meticulously well crafted. Flavor profiles you would expect from the Medoc that typically costs 3X this much. If this were stock, get in early, because the hype is real!

Emerging, Historic Reds

Emerging, Historic, Not to be Overlooked Reds

 

2017 Monastery Tvrdoš, Vranac (Vrah-nahts), Trebnje, Bosnia-HerzegoviNA

45

Looking for a dark, rich, smooth red, your search is over. Aged for over two years in 100+ year old Monastic barrels.

2016 Tchotiashvili, Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia

50

Saperavi literally translates to paint, dye, or to give color. This brilliant wine is fermented in traditional qvevri which produces a unique flavor and texture that has no equal.

2020 Vinas Mora 'Andreis,' Babič, Croatia

70

Babič is a wonderful grape that displays an incredible array of flavors. What I most enjoy about Vinas Mora's is there ability to broaden the profile with light and dark fruits with balance acidity, and less big clunky fruit common from others from Croatia.

LARGE FORMAT
LIBRARY

Large Format Bottles

 
2016 PIERRE PAILLARD ‘LES MAILLERETTES’ CHAMPAGNE, FRANCE 1.5L Magnum

275 (magnum – 1.5L)

Les Maillerettes is a very small, (less than 1 acre), grand cru vineyard where the Paillard family grafts their most prized pinot noir for the rest of their holdings. Less than 200 magnums are produced from this plot with intention to be shared with friends and colleagues of the Paillards. Pop this big bottle with some friends at Webster’s and consider yourself part of the family! We only have 2! -nik

Imported by Robert Houde Wines, Chicago

NV-PIERRE MONCUIT Brut

375 (jeroboam – 3L)
From Côtes des Blancs village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Sister-brother duo Nicole and Yves always produce their Gran Cru Blanc de Blancs from a single vintage in an effort to more precisely express the characteristics of the individual growing season. This bottle contains the same amount of wine in 4 normal bottles!

2019 Raventos DE NIT​ Xarel-lo/MACABEU/PAReLLADA/MONASTRELL, CONCA DEL RIU ANIOA, SPAIN​

120 (magnum – 1.5L)
The perfect party wine for groups. Pepe added 6% Monstrell from a terraced plot which he says marks the personality of this wine.

2021 DOMAINE LAPIERRE ROCHE DU PY MORGON CAMILLE

160 (magnum – 1.5L) 

Little hint of smoke, not in a bad way but a nuanced mezcal way. On August 17, 2021, a devastating forest fire broke out, with flames as high as 20 meters, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur near Saint-Tropez. This happened just a couple of weeks before 2021’s later than usual harvest. Mediterranean breezes make it all the way up to Beaujolais which add to its unique terroir and in this case a slight addition to the 21’ vintage of Camille. Everything else that is supposed to be present in the wine is there. It’s a little muted as it is still in infancy but I have no problem enjoying it right away.

2020 MATHENY, TROUSSEAU, Arbois, JURA, France

250 (magnum – 1.5L)

The grapes came from legendary vigneron, Jacques Puffeney's vineyard! An amazing opportunity to still be able to experience "Le Puff's" legacy from protégés, Elise et Emeric Foléat. This is a must drink!

​2018 PIERRE COTTON 'LE PRÉ,' GAMAY, BROUILLY, BEAUJOLAIS, France

110 (magnum – 1.5L)

 
​2019 PIERRE COTTON, GAMAY, CÔTE DE BROUILLY, BEAUJOLAIS, France

140 (magnum – 1.5L)

2018 Maxime Magnon 'Démarrante,' Carignan/Grenache/syrah, Corbières, France

200 (magnum – 1.5L)

2015 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage, Northern Rhône, France

180 (magnum – 1.5L)

Iconoclasts from the outset, René-Jean and François sought to buck the trend of heavily extracted, fat Syrah overburdened by oak. Their wines still exhibit all the savage nature of Syrah with a deft, wild elegance.

Library Whites

 

1990 Leth, Roter Veltliner, Wagram

170
Proof positive that Roter is built to age, this delight is smoky and briny and umami-ey, w/bonito & mango.

Library Orange

 

2012 Bernhard Ott ‘Qvevre,’ Grüner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria

200

This gorgeous rarity spent 8 months in underground amphora on its skins, but isn’t amber-hued; instead, it has a shocking liveliness and clarity, and is one of the most unusual and essential Grüners you’ll encounter.

 

2003 Gravner, Ribolla Gialla, Friuli, Italy

230

Hazy in color, finely tropical and lipid in flavor, this amphora-aged wine quickly develops great complexity.

 

2000 Radikon ‘Fuori dal Tempo,’ Chardonnay/Sauvignon, Oslavje, Venezia-Giulia, Italy

260

After 35 days with skins, 3 years in barrel & 9 years in bottle, this wine has layered, melismatic textures that strike the palate as polyphonic music does the ear; an unforgettable succession of independent melodies.

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