December 2023

December 2023

Antonio Pereira Tinto Bom 2021 (shown below!)

Introducing an unconventional dry red from Vinho Verde, Portugal, crafted from the indigenous Tinto Nacional varietal with both red skin and flesh. Unlike its white counterparts, these reds are less common in the U.S. Aged for a few years, the wine transitions from a fruity profile to earthy nuances, presenting a dark inky red that's light on its feet. Produced by certified organically farmed grapes on granite soils, it undergoes foot trodding, native yeast fermentation, and three years of steel aging before release. Unfined, unfiltered, and sulfur-free, this versatile Tinto Nacional pairs exceptionally well with seafood, making it a standout red for fish enthusiasts.
  • Producer: Antonio Pereira
  • Region: Vinho Verde, Portugal
  • Varieties: Tinto Nacional
  • Alcohol: 12.5%


Mas Castello Carbonica 2021 (shown below!)

This 100% Syrah wine stands out for its moderate body, distinct from fuller-bodied counterparts. The nose is characterized by a forward fruitiness, while the palate features dark fruit notes. Carbonic maceration imparts a lightness, setting it apart from heavier Syrahs. This technique contributes to a wine that is agile on the palate, offering a unique and approachable expression of Syrah with a balance of fruit-forward aromas and a lighter, more nimble character.
  • Producer: Mas Castello
  • Region: Côte du Roussillon, France
  • Varieties: Syrah
  • Alcohol: 12.5%


Les Chemins de Bassac L'incandescente Rosé (shown below!)

Cultivated on 15-year-old vines nestled in limestone and clay from ancient Quaternary alluvial terraces at 100m altitude, this winemaking process involves gentle pressing and cold debourbage. Macerations occur in concrete vats, emphasizing a slow extraction of color, tannins, and aromas for a harmonious blend. Bottled by gravity without filtration or fining, a touch of sulfur is delicately added. This succulent and spicy rosé boasts a palate enriched with red fruits and herbal notes, showcasing a distinctive personality. The meticulous winemaking techniques and unique terroir contribute to the creation of this expressive and well-balanced wine.

  • Producer: Les Chemins de Bassac
  • Region: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • Varieties: Syrah
  • Alcohol: 12.5%


Il Roccolo di Monticelli Bianco (shown below!)

Silvia Monticelli crafts a profound and contemplative orange wine, marked by complexity and perfection. Restoring old family vineyards, she adopts natural winemaking, eschewing additives and invasive farming. The bianco emerges from 65-year-old vines nestled in 2 hectares of calcareous rock soils. Hand-harvested and sorted in early September, the grapes undergo a six-month whole cluster maceration in stainless steel, followed by spontaneous fermentation lasting two weeks. Aged on lees for nine months in stainless steel with no stirring, the wine remains unfined and unfiltered. With minimal SO2 (0.002 g/L) and a modest 10% alcohol content, it embodies Silvia's dedication to authentic winemaking.

  • Producer: Il Roccolo Di Monticello
  • Region: Veneto, Italy
  • Varieties: Garganega & Trebbiano
  • Alcohol: 10.5%
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