MANOS NEGRAS, UN-OAKED CHARDONNAY 2021, MENDOZA, ARGENTINA $16.99 Alejandro Sejanovich is arguably Argentina's most knowledgeable viticulturist, having worked as vineyard director for Bodega Catena Zapata for 16 years, he pioneered high-altitude vineyard planting and conducted groundbreaking research on Mendoza Malbec clones. With Manos Negras he combines his love of minerality, and altitude with a magical touch in the winery to produce some of the region’s most terroir-driven wines. Not only altitude, but also latitude play a part in the wines from Manos Negras. With plantings of Torrontes in the northern stretches of Cadayate in Salta, Pinot Noir in the southernmost region of Neuquen in Patagonia, and old vine Malbec in the prized Altamira appellation in the Uco Valley, capturing the spirit of Manos Negras through a myriad of soils and ultimate wine expressions.
RÉSERVE DE LA SAURINE, GRENACHE BLANC 2022, LANGUEDOC, FRANCE $11.99 (MIXED) Maison Sinnae comes from a united group of 200 cooperative winegrowers since 1925. Their products are the fruit of a terroir distinguished by its exceptional diversity, are surrounded by a halo of history and origin, and are aged with great care and respect for traditions. The vineyard is located in southern France on the right bank of the Rhone near the village of Laudun and Chusclan in the alluvial plain of the Rhone. Sandy and silty soils with exposure to the Mistral Wind. A wine with a bright golden colour. Elegant with floral and white fruit (pear) notes. Just as pleasant on the palate with its freshness and liveliness. A perfect accompaniment to aperitifs, tapas or a shellfish platters or raw fish starters.
FUSO, ‘CALA’ CATARRATTO 2022, SICILY, ITALY $19.99 Cala Bianco is Dario from Mortellito's spin on the white grapes from the northwest of Sicilia. He works with the specific clone of Catarratto that's called Catarratto Extra Lucido - Extra Shiny Catarratto - which gives wines with more texture, depth, and color than the common Catarratto usually found throughout Sicilia. Seeking to tweak the acidity even more, he picks early in August instead of September. As always, FUSO is our project to search for and bottle Italy's natural and charcterful daily drinkers. We work with farmers and producer friends who are commited to orangic viticulture, low-intervention, and terror-driven wines. Pithy stone fruits, cantaloupe, dried citrus rinds, and sandalwood; the dried flowers on the nose extend into a long salty finish. It's on the edge between an orange wine and a white wine, with 50 hours on the skins.
MERCATO, ‘PESCE BIACNO’ 2021, VENETO, ITALY $14.99 (MIXED) Pesce, pronounce “Pesh-ay,” means fish in Italian and this refers to the fact that this wine goes perfectly with all manner of seafood. A classic Veronese table wine, this is a common blend of the grapes grown around the city of Verona. A lush and expressive wine with notes of apple, pear, and lemon. A dry wine with med/full body and a balanced finish that is both refreshing and firm. A lush and expressive wine with notes of apple, pear, and lemon. A dry wine with med/full body and a balanced finish that is both refreshing and firm.
VILLA WOLF, PINOT GRIS 2021, PFALZ, GERMANY $14.99 The Pinot Gris variety was first identified in the Pfalz region, and Germany is second only to Italy in acres planted. Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is made in a full-bodied, dry style with fresh, unoaked fruit and a crisp texture. Half of each vintage is made in large, neutral oak casks for depth and complexity. The other half is done in stainless steel to preserve freshness and enhance the vibrant fruit. It is an excellent partner for salmon, chicken or pork.
SANDY COVE, SAUVIGNON BLANC 2023, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND $16.99 (MIXED) Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc is produced by renowned kiwi winemaker, Allan Scott. Made in limited quantities, this version of New Zealand's famous wine is rounder and a bit richer than what one usually finds in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in this price range. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit and fresh cut grass. It has a crisp, lively finish. It also has the fun distinction of being the first 2023 wine we’ve come across, not too uncommon from a crisp white from the southern hemisphere where they harvest in February. But a fun treat nonetheless.