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.
'Pearl Thief' Sauvignon/Roussanne/Semillon
'Cecelia' Syrah/Sauvignon/Grenache (Rosé)
'Chasse Patate' Mourvèdre/Grenache
NV Étienne Doué 'cuveé selection,' Chardonnay/pinot noir, brut, Aube
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.
NV solemme 'terre de Solemme,' Montagne de rEIms
Meunier dominant cépage from Premier Crus vineyards farmed organically and biodynamically. White flower/white cherry, rich, precise.
NV LACOURTE-GODBILLON ‘TERROIRS D'ECUEIL,’ Pinot Noir/Chardonnay, Montagne de Reims
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 Pierre Paillard 'Les parcelles,' Bouzy, Montagne de rEIms
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 Christophe Mignon 'ADN De Meunier,' rEIms
Christophe is another maestro of the Meunier grape. This is his zero dosage bottling, so expect long, lengthy expression of the mountainous terrrior.
NV roger coulon 'l'Hommée,' vrigny, montagne de rEIms
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 ANDRÉ HEUCQ 'ASSEMBLAGE,' EXTRA BRUT, VALLÉE DE LA MARNE
Looking for a full-bodied, complex Champagne with a generously long finish? Look no further than Heucq's elaboration that spends 5 years on lees.
NV Pertois-moriset 'les quatre terroirs' brut, grand cru, les mesnil-sur-oger
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 an impermeable barrier from the harsh hails and heavy rains experienced by Champagne. 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
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, the name of which actually refers as well to a the highest-elevation hill at Raventos.
2017 Raventos ‘De La Finca’ Xarel·lo, Macabeu, Parellada, Conca Del Riu Anoia
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
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
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.
Initial fermentation and aging occurs only in stainless steel before it's bottled, and referments with that vintages must
Receives a short maceration on the skins, ferments in stainless, but does receive some time in oak for an added touch
NV Red Tail Ridge ‘Perpetual Change,’ Brut Nature, Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York
“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!
2021 CARBONISTE 'OCTOPUS,' ALBARIÑO, NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
After many years making wine at Schramsberg, Dan Person decided it was time for a new interpretation of California sparkling. The Albariño comes from Gomes Vineyards, almost half way between San Francisco and Sacramento. Lean and lovely. The ultimate match for oysters!
NV Divella Gussago ‘Blanc de Blancs,’ Chardonnay, Franciacorta, Italy
This wine blew my mind. I pushed the Franciacorta rock 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
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
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
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
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
NV Christoph Hoch 'Kalkspitz,' Österreich, Austria
Christoph wanted to highlight the "active" chalk that resembles the Cote des Blancs, in Champagne. Expect a zippy, mint, mineral piledriver.
2019 OCTáGONO, red blend, san felipe, guanajuato, Mexico (sparkling red)
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)
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
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!
2019 Ludovic Chanson 'Garvroche,' Sauvignon Blanc, Montlouis-sur-Loire
Ludovic's vineyard sits on the highly desirable limestone, flint, and silex soils sought after in the Loire. His Sauvignon Blanc is rich and weighty, without the high-toned pyrazine smell associated with this varietal.
2020 Thomas-Labaille 'L'Authentique,' SAUVIGNON BLANC, SANCERRE
Labaille's elaboration that ferments in both cement and stainless steel. I'm not sure what magic takes place in Chavignol, but it's produces my favorite Sauvignon Blanc
2020 Agnès et René mosse 'magic of Ju-Ju,' Chenin Blanc, Anjou
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
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
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
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
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!
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2020 Bow & Arrow 'fool's gold,' Chardonnay/Sauvignon blanc, Willamette Valley, OR
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
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
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
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
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
Single parcel, exhibiting more of the traditional profile one would expect from White Burg. Some lemon curd, some nutty, some tropical, equals pure enjoyments
2015 Dom. de la Vougeraie, Savigny-lès-Beaune
Sometimes families can work together. The Boisset’s own several parcels in Burgundy. This Savigny-lès-Beaune over delivers in style.
2016 “Le Vendangeur Masqué” BY OLIVIER DE MOORViognier/Chardonnay/Clairette/Roussanne ‘En si Belle Compagnie Meridionale,’ Southern Rhône
Round, dry, with classic notes of macadamia nut, white almond, straw, sunflower. Excellent length on the finish to be enjoyed with fatty fish
French Whites – Jura
2013 pinte, savagnin, Arbois
Rare to find a Jura domaine where Savagnin is over 50% of the production. A lengthy Savagnin that incorporates the assets of long barrel aging into shining undertones of Meyer lemon and honeysuckle. Smashing!
2016 Philippe Bornard ‘Les Gaudrettes,’ Chardonnay, Côtes du Jura
Various varieties of marl that make up the vineyard creates a distinct minerality commonly found in wines from this area. Gaudrettes is Bornard’s Chardonnay masterpiece. Deftly intertwining citrus and stonefruit, marzipan, spice, and hazelnut. Exclusive!
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2019 IRUAI 'ARCANA,' SAVAGNIN, TRINITY LAKES AVA, CALIFORNIA
Chad and Michelle Westbrook Hinds left there urban winery, in Berkeley, to move way north to the Shasta-Cascade Mountains, of Northern California. This largely untested grape growing region was perfect for them to test the farming techniques of Masanobu Fukuoka with their own "chaos organics" methods. The result is the closest in style to a Jura wine I've had outside of the French hamlet. Very, very cool stuff!
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'
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'
'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
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
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
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
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.
ITALIAN, Spanish, & Canary Islands Whites
2020 Montenidoli, Vernaccia, San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy
Elisabetta Fagiuoli’s white wines are just as stellar as her reds! Incredible floral notes and unmatched silky texture. Pinot Grigio is canceled.
2020 Sergio Drago, catarratto, Alcamo, Sicily, Italy
Sergio has gained immense noteriety in a very short time due to his unconventional takes on native Sicilian grapes. This wine has a seductive aromatic charm matched with the brightness suitable for a sunny, patio day.
2021 Fabio Ferracane' Guanciabianca,' catarratto, Sicily, Italy
Winemakers tend to stay in the cellar, adjust their wine, modify it, assemble it, then taste it and decide if it needs to be modified more. Not Fabio! He adheres to the belief wine is made in the vineyard and well grown grapes don't require modifications. This wine is full of salty sea air, almond and white flower.
2020 PANEVINO 'TINO,' VERMENTINO, SARDINIA, Italy
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.
2018 Do Ferreiro, Albariño, Rias Baixas, spain
We’ve always loved these wines, but our visit to the winery in 2017, solidified how great this winemaking family is! Now, if we could just get some percebes...
2019 los Loros 'Siete Lomas,' Marmajuelo/Gual, Valle de Güímar, Canary Islands
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
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
"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
2013 Daniel TWARDOWSKI 'DhRoner Hofberg,' Mosel, germany
Daniel enlisted his friend, the great Julien Haart, to make this vintage, which will be the only one ever made (for the foreseeable future) due to an attack of phylloxera in the vineyard. A stunning expression that will provide you a truly unique take on the famed Riesling grape. #unicornwine
2019 Brooks, Riesling, Willamette Valley, Oregon
An outstanding example of domestic Riesling from our friends at Brooks. Don't underestimate how much complexity is going on at this price range.
Skin Contact Whites (‘Orange’)
2020 Mas Goma 'Joan,' Xarel-Lo, Penedès, spain
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
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
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
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!
2020 ANTXIOLA, HONDARRABI BELTZA, GETARIAKO TXAKOLINA, BASQUE, SPAIN
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
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!
2020 limited ADdition, grenache, eola-amity hills, willamette valley, oregon
I had a paradigm shift after listening to Bree and Chad Stock, winemakers, discussing the futureof rosé. Is it just to drink, with little expectation save for summer refresher? Or, can they possess flavor aspects we love in our favorite cocktails? Hmm. Enjoy a Negroni's floral/bitter/fruit balance? Look no further!
2020 FRANK CORNELISSEN 'SUSUCARU,' MT. ETNA, SICILY
One of the best vintages I've tasted of this perennial favorite. It's heady field blend that channels volcanic intensity into wild fruit.
French Reds – Loire Valley
2020 Noëlla Morantin 'La Boudinerie,' Gamay, Touraine
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 christian venier 'le clos des carteries,' gamay/pinot noir, cheverny
Christian has taken the baton as caretaker for vineyards his family has farmed for centuries. His style mimics another WWB fave producer, Thierry Puzelat. His vines sit on Scilica and clay, with gravel and stoney overcoat which comes through radiantly in his wine.
2020 Bellivière 'Rouge-Gorge,' Pineau d'Aunis, Coteaux-Du-Loir
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
Every sentiment I penned above regarding Noëlla's Gamay applies here, in spades!
2016 Olga Raffault ‘La Picasses,’ Cabernet Franc, Chinon
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
A rare opportunity to experience the phenomenal longevity of Raffault's Cab Franc! These library releases are highly sought after and never dissappoint!
2016 Catherine et pierre breton 'clos sénéchal,’ Cabernet Franc, bourgueil
Across the Loire River from Chinon sits Bourgueil. If you seek an expression of Cab Franc that shows depth and precision, look no further.
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2020 Limited ADDdition, cabernet franc, eola sPRINGS vineyard, Willamette Valley, OR
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
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
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
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!
2019 Pierre Cotton 'Poncie,' Fleurie
"Poncie" is vinified the exact same way that Pierre's other parcels are vinified, so it may come as a surprise to experience a softer, articulate Gamay from the powerhouse Brouilly's.
2018 Damien Coquelet (Co-Ka-lay), CHIROUBLES
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
2017 'Clos des Roses' Pommard
French Reds – Jura - savoie
2019 Saint-germain 'les taillis,' mondeuse, Savoie
Mondeuse is such a beguiling and versatile grape! A wine that was born to be enjoyed with meats and cheese, from the near Albertville (think 1992 Winter Olympics). Oozing alpine characteristics of herbal garigue and plush plummy fruit and subtle peppery notes.
2020 Camille et Mathieu Apffel 'Soleyane,' mondeuse, Savoie
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.
2016 Ganevat ‘Y’a bon the Canon,’ Gamay+, Savoie
Due to devastating loss of grapes in multiple vintages, Jean-Francois reached out to his sister, Anne, as well as friends throughout France, to innovate and create a blend that could only be achieved by such a legend! 50% Gamay, 50% “Vin de France” = 100% sublmity.
2019 Labet 'Reine,' Gamay, Côtes du Jura
If it's not the first time, it's been a loooooong time since Webster's has had Julian Labet's Gamay to offer. Take advantage, quantities are limited
2020 Labet 'Varrons,' Pinot Noir, Côtes du Jura
Maybe, ok not at all, as well known as it's distant neighbor, Burgundy's Pinot Noir, but nonetheless just as nuanced, deep, and smoothy-smooth.
Alice bouvot, domaine de L'octavin
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
2018 'Elle Aime,' Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
2018 'zerlina,' Pinot noir/trousseau
2019 'Dorabella,' poulsard
French Reds – Bordeaux
2008 Maison Blanche, Merlot/Cabernet Franc, MOntagne Saint-Emilion
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
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
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!
2019 Baptiste Nayrand ‘Sauvage,’ Gamay + Field blend, Coteaux du Lyonnais
Named “Sauvage” do to the vineyard being left untended, shoots untrellised, these old Gamay vines are combined with a 30% blend of Chasselas and Aligoté. Intense juicy profile with a savory profile common of the great Syrah’s produced a few miles away.
2020 Maison Stephan, syrah, chasse-sur-rhône
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
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
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
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
2019 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, St. Joseph
Known more for the below Crozes-Hermitage, we rarely are offered the St. Joseph, so take full advantage! Can't decide which one? The choice relies on emotion rather than style, in my opinion.
2019 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, Crozes-Hermitage
Easily one of my favorite producers in the region. 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.
2010 Dard et Ribo, Syrah, Hermitage
Do not miss out on experiencing René-Jean and François’ expression from this epic place, and an epic vintage.
French Reds – Southern Rhône
2018 Domaine Vieux Lazaret, Châteauneuf-du-Pape
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
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
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
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
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
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.
2018 Matassa ‘Olla Rouge,’ Grenache, Languedoc-Roussillon
New Zealander, Tom Lubbe’s wines have ascended to near cult status. Beaujolais-esque Grenache, from an area known for dark wines.
2020 bruno duchene ‘la luna,’ Grenache/carignan, Languedoc-Roussillon
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
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
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.
2016 Henri Milan 'Les Jardins,' Merlot, Provence
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!
2019 beurer, Portugieser, Württemberg, Germany
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.
2019 Brand ‘Pur,’ Pinot Noir, Pfalz, Germany
This is a seriously great bottle of Pinot Noir! You may question its origin, and that’s fine. If you don’t believe, my good friend Crystal Wells will drink it all herself!
Italian Reds – North to South
A Rare opportunity to experience the great 2016 Vintage, in Piemonte, from the incredible collaboration Cristiano Garella, Giacomo and Carlo Garella!
2016 Colombera & Garella, Nebbiolo, Bramaterra, Alto Piemonte
The volcanic soils of Bramaterra lend itself to expressive and lively tones in Nebbiolo. A touch of native Vespolina and Croatina and spice.
2016 Colombera & Garella, Nebbiolo, Lessona, Alto Piemonte
To the west of Bramaterra, sits Lessona. Also known for their Nebbiolo showing distinct orange rind and violet tones with incredible depth.
2019 roagna, dolcetto, Alba, Piemonte
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
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!
2018 luigi ferrando ‘la terrazza,’ nebbiolo/Barbera, Piemonte
Ferrando's "Canavese Rosso" is always a delightful blend primarily composed from Nebbiolo, with 30% Barbera. A great date night wine.
2018 Fabio Gea ‘Green Palma,’ Barbera, Alba, Piemonte
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
2020 COS, frappat0, Terre sicilianne, Sicily
Partners Guisto Occhipinti (Arianna, below, is his niece), Giambattista Cilia, and Cirino Strano believe their vineyard is like "savings in the bank and must be protected." The constant warm and dry weather lends itself to farming organically and biodynamically because a ton of adverse weather mitigations are not necessary. COS's Frappato has always been my benchmark for understanding this native Sicilian grape.
2019 occhipinti, frappat0, vittoria, Sicily
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.
2019 Alfredo maestro 'el rey glam,' Garnacha, Castilla y leon, Spain
This experimental bottling utilizes a bit of carbonic maceration, which can produce a "fizzy, yet fresh," mouthfeel. The grapes come from two different vineyards and produce on of my favorite wines to drink with friends and tell wild stories of the old days.
2020 Bodegas Bhilar ‘Phincas’, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain
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.
2018, Akutain, Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain
Located 5km from Rioja's famed town of Haro, the epicenter for Rioja Alta, Akutain was conceived to make wine in the classic chateau style, horse plowed and worked manually. Loaded with Tempranillo's noted blueberry, tobacco, violets, this wine had me at "hello!"
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’
Field Blend of 80+ year old vines
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
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.
North American Reds - Pinot NoiR
2018 Brooks 'janus,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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
2018 andrew rich 'volcanic soil,' Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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
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
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
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
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 – Fun Grapes
2019 Vinous Obscura ‘Blaü-Ökör,’ Hungarian red grapes, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Winemaker Jeff Vejr, I met through a mutual friend, John House, and was blown away by his project. He found a vineyard, a first for Oregon, planted to native red and white Hungarian grapes. Don’t panic, they make great wines. This is a light wine with lots of blue fruit profile.
2018 Absentee Winery ‘Flaws,’ Abouriou, Mendocino, California
“Flaws” refers to Avi Deixler’s practice of hand sanding used barrels to rid the walls of flaws, and other chemicals that would change the profile of his wine. Abourior is an early ripening grape most commonly found in the south-west of France. Think Gamay and Loire Valley Malbec (Côt) crossed their streams and defeated a gigantic marshmallow.
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
2016 Keplinger ‘Sumō,’ Petite Sirah/Syrah/Viognier, Amador County, California
2018 Ridge 'gonsalves,' Mataro, Contra costa, California
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!
2015 Clos Saron 'Stone Soup,' Syrah, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, California
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!
Southern Hemisphere Reds
Bonfanti, Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
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
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!
2015 Koomilya, Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia
From a vineyard that you can’t visit, nor even find on a Google maps, Stephen Pannell will only make wines under the Koomilya label, in perfect vintages. This blend is 80% Cab, and 20% Shiraz. It’s the first vintage ever produced. If conditions never equal 2015, it may be the only! Now, that is a pursuit for perfection. And, well worth it!
Emerging, Historic, Not to be Overlooked Reds
2017 Monastery Tvrdoš, Vranac (Vrah-nahts), Trebnje, Bosnia-HerzegoviNA
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
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.
2007 Shavnabada, Saperavi, Kakheti, Georgia
A medieval Georgian Orthodox Monastery that was restored in 1992, and producing wines since 1998. The Saperavi macerates on the skins for two weeks before it goes into qvevri. The 2007 spent EIGHT years in qvevri, never fined or filtered, and expresses power and finesse that is mesmerizing.
Large Format Bottles
Sold Out--2019 Finca Parera ‘FAKing Bubbles,’ Sumoll/Xarel-lo/Garnacha, Penedès, Spain
150 (magnum – 1.5L)
“A kickin’ cool co-ferment, ancestral method wine, from an area in the upper region of Penedès, a little farther inland and higher altitude. Ruben Parera, and father Jordi, farm the land along with cherries, olives, vegetables, and an apiary. Running around this bio-diverse farm is their legendary doggie, Dora. The wine is an ethereal bubbly in which the three grape varietals are co-fermented, and bottled just before full fermentation, as the moon phase dictates (ancestrale). Expect a fresh, tantalizing, and thirst quenching quaffer perfect for every possible occasion! This is the “JUICE” that also happens to come in a big FAKing bottle! In fact, I helped make this juice, so ask me all about it, please!”
– Catie O
2017 Matassa 'cuvée alexandria,' Muscat d'alexandria, roussillon, France
145 (magnum – 1.5L)
Tom Lubbe's venerable skin-contact Muscat, from Red Schist soils. Age does this wine wonders! Get the friends together and crush it!
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.
2005 Brovia ‘Villero’, Barolo
350 (magnum - 1.5L)
This single-vineyard Barolo is just starting to turn a corner; all spicy chai tea, balsamic, licorice, and more.
1990 Leth, Roter Veltliner, Wagram
Proof positive that Roter is built to age, this delight is smoky and briny and umami-ey, w/bonito & mango.
2012 Bernhard Ott ‘Qvevre,’ Grüner Veltliner, Wagram, Austria
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
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
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.
2009 Bernard Burgaud, Syrah, Côte-Rôtie
This allocated, small-production, traditional wine will knock your socks off; gamey, dark, unforgettable. Give this one time to open up.
2008 Rene Rostaing, Syrah, Côte-Rôtie
You simply cannot talk about the Côte-Rôtie without mentioning Rene Rostaing. Dogmatic in making wines that only speak to the Côte-Rôtie, not Hermitage, and certainly not New World. His techniques, some modern, some ancient, only assist to accentuate his prized fruit.