24 Great Value Wines, Chosen by CSW Staff!

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Here at Chambers Street, we are very proud of the hundreds of high-quality but inexpensive wines that we offer to our customers. Finding wines at $20, $15 or even at $10 that give our customers the experience of enjoying a real wine of terroir gives us a great deal of pleasure — not to mention that it makes our clients and friends pleased and happy as well! To this end, we look for estates that preserve living soils through organic farming, who harvest by hand and vinify with natural, wild yeasts, and who use minimal additives or new oak during aging. These wines should offer subtle, true aromas, and a balanced palate with good acidity and mineral character with a long food-friendly finish.  Our staff has picked some of their favorite wines, priced roughly between $10 and $20 that offer this kind of honest quality at a reasonable cost - a difficult chore as there are so many candidates at CSW - we hope you will give some of them, or perhaps all of them a try! (Please note: All wines are in stock for local deliveries below Canal St; NYC truck deliveries will be Tuesday 10/28 and UPS shipping Monday 10/27)

Warning! These are not "typical" wines — that is to say that they often will not conform to local standards of what is considered typical in each region. Sadly, "typical" these days is often decided by young bureaucrats or writers whose experience is with the "normal" wines of their area — mass produced, machine-harvested, innoculated with yeasts and bacteria, with sugar and large amounts of sulfur (not to mention other additives too numerous to mention) then heavily filtered and doctored in various ways before bottling. The wines offered today are from small estates, made with old-fashioned "natural" techniques — real expressions of the local terroir and centuries of tradition, full of character and truly delicious!

Starnali 2010 IGP Roccamonfina Aglianico Santo Sano

We’ve met Maria Teresa several times at Angiolino Maule’s fantastic natural wine fair, Villa Favorita. She’s the image of a charming southern Italian lady with a broad smile and an aura of generosity and hospitality. We finally made the decision to buy some of her wines, and we couldn’t be happier with how they’re showing. This is an Aglianico from vineyards close to the Roccamonfina nature reserve, among Starnalia’s almost 100 acres of organic grapes, olives and chestnuts. The 2010 has delicious flavors of dark plum and a deep, spicy mineral presence. The Aglianico’s formidable tannins and vibrant acidity have been tamed by extra age in the bottle — drink now with hearty, red sauces and other rustic Italian fare. John Rankin

  • red
  • 7 in stock
  • $17.99

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Starnali 2013 IGP Roccamonfina Falanghina

We’re very excited to import the phenomenal organic wines of Maria Teresa’s Masseria Starnali. The winery is situated in the volcanic foothills north of Naples, not far from the Campanian coast. The white wines are crafted from the Falanghina grape which is similar to the fresh mineral-driven wines of the Loire Valley, but with a bit of added weight and richness. With Starnali these flavors are not derived from oak — this wine only sees the inside of a steel tank, resulting in fresh flavors of sea salt and grapefruit flesh. Enjoy this with the foods that you might pair with Sancerre like fish or fresh cheeses, or enjoy it on its own! John Rankin

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic

Madonna delle Grazie 2009 Aglianico del Vulture Messer Oto

Making Aglianico in a fresh, food-friendly style is not easy; in so many wines ripeness takes over, resulting in a charmless,“hot” wine that tastes of alcohol and roasted fruit. Messer Oto* avoids these pitfalls and showcases Aglianico's ability to carry lifted flavors of brambly fruit and smokey minerals. This is very dry but with some rich black fruit, ripe tannins, and plenty of peppery nuance and complexity; bright acid provides balance and makes this a very versatile food wine to accompany anything from grilled salmon or chicken to burgers or richer stews. John Rankin and Jamie Wolff

*There is a fine public fountain in the Vulture town of Venosa which dates to the 1300s and which is named for a “Messer Oto”, who must have been a local boss of the day.

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Rovero 2013 Grignolino d'Asti

Nowadays, Grignolino is often made in a fairly heavy, extracted style that mimics something of the structure of Nebbiolo, but this one is old-school: light, fresh, juicy. It’s dry and savory with lovely bright cherry fruit and a foundation of chalky earth. The wine sings! It’s perfect for fall appetizers — salume, crostini, rich soups — or as red-wine-with-fish. This wine is an absolute delight. Jamie Wolff

 

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Cantina del Lupo 2012 Barbera d'Alba

Just the facts:

Made from organically farmed grapes; this wine was made by one of the Langhe’s largest organic vineyard owners, with lots of Barbera vines on the margins of the great sites of Barolo and Barbaresco. They make more than they can sell under their own label, so we’ve lucked-out: the wine is delicious, ready to drink, and a great buy at the price. Plus it features a fine variation on the sure-fire wine marketing strategy of putting a cute animal on the label. Jamie Wolff

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

Giol 2012 Prosecco Sur Lie (organic, no so2)

We are crazy for the amazing Proseccos from Casa Coste Piane and Costadilà — wines made by the very old school method of a second fermentation in the bottle. Conventional Prosecco is made by adding CO2 gas in a pressurized tank. The results can be very tasty, but we do love the good fermented-in-the-bottle versions, since the process yields a finer bubble, and a lot more complexity and flavor. Thus we are delighted with the Giol Prosecco —  the price would be enough to make us happy. It’s a bit fresher and a bit lighter than the two mentioned above, but this isn’t a bad thing at all — it’s nice to have an easy going wine that is also pretty serious. JW

 

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  • white sparkling
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $14.99

Viña Ilusión 2011 Rioja Joven

Martin Alonso and Gloria Plaza are disciples of Masanobu Fukuoka, the Japanese farmer/philosopher and proponent of "do-nothing" farming. They work 5 bucolic hectares of Tempranillo on iron-rich limestone and clay soils at 700m altitude in the Rioja Baja subzone. They make only one wine: the delicious Viña Ilusión, which is certified organic, wild yeast fermented, and raised in tank (no oak), Viña Ilusión is fresh, bright, and giving, with a layered palate of ripe red plum flecked with delicate florals, spicy oregano, sweet tobacco, and subtle earth. Ariana Rolich

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

Mas Sorrer 2011 Montsant

Another delicious wine from Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Junior, Mas Sorrer is made from 40% Garnacha, 30% Syrah, 15% Cabernet, and 15% Merlot, grown organically in the granitic soils around Falset in Spain's Monsant appellation. Full-bodied, juicy, and energizing, with intense cherry, raspberry, and blackberry fruit and strong, clear earthy tone inflected with warm, spicy rye notes. A crowd-pleaser and terrific bargain! Ariana Rolich

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

Corias, Monasterio de 2011 Vino de Calidad de Cangas Seis Octavos Joven Blanco

A light and lovely white from the Spanish region of Asturias, which is well known for Cider and cheese, but also home to obscure varieties like this one — Albarin Blanco! Lime blossom, celery leaf, and cut green herbs on the nose, with a zesty and acidic palate of lemon zest, lime curd, orange blossom and a hint of green, almost. A citrusy, versatile, and delicious value. Ariana Rolich

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $9.99

Busch, Clemens 2012 Mosel Riesling Trocken

Clemens and his wife Rita are at the cutting edge of biodynamic agriculture and minimal-intervention winemaking in the Mosel. Their 2012 Riesling Trocken weighs in at 11.5%, naturally dry fermented. Fresh like a cool mountain breeze through a cabin window. Acid-driven, clean, lean, and mineral-rich. A highly suitable introduction to the wines of Clemens Busch.  Jonathan Kemp

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

Hofer 2013 Landwein Zweigelt 1 Liter

Ripe fruit, but light to medium in body and there are some subtle herbal notes to give it some edge. Very drinkable, not too peppery, not too juicy. Easy to make this disappear. An organic/biodynamic red fermented spontaneously, this is a terrific deal for something so honest, pure, and fresh. Jonathan Kemp

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $13.99

Ott, Bernhard 2013 Feuersbrunn Wagram Grüner Veltliner Am Berg

From loess soils in the northern Wagram farmed with biodynamic methods. More open and fleshy than the 2012 vintage, this year's Am Berg show off with pristine, rich aromatics, hints of underripe nectarines, a bit of fat on the finish, and a healthy crackle of acidity to keep it lively. Far too few Grüners at this price are as expressive, focused, and structured with minerals as this favorite of ours from the ever-impressive Bernhard Ott. Jonathan Kemp

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

Baudry 2011 Chinon Domaine

We're getting to the end of the 2011 vintage of this great wine from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry -  all Cabernet Franc of course, a blend of 80% from a parcel in St. Louans, where the thin clay/limestone soils give earthy well-structured wines, with 20% from gravel soils near Cravant, giving supple fruit. Organic farming, wild-yeast fermentation, aging in 5 to 10 year-old wooden vats and casks. This is a softer, more easy-going version of the superb 2010, with rounder strawberry, blackberry and earth on the palate but with ample structure and acidity. Which means that this is really delicious to drink right now, served a bit cool, and should keep well for six to ten years or more. Perfect with roast chicken!

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $18.99

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

Marc Ollivier's Domaine de la Pépière always sets the standard for great values in Muscadet, but let's give a nod to our friend Jo Landron as well! His Domaine Louvetrie "Les Houx" (formerly labeled "Hermine D'Or") is from a great parcel of shallow sandy clay soils, rich with silica, quartz and iron, over a bedrock of gneiss and clay. A great terroir for Muscadet that always gives a dense, complex wine which benefits from medium-term aging. The 2012 is a great example and a sensational value. Lovely pale bronze color. A bit closed when first opened, then showing aromas of ripe pear, apple, lemon oil, a field in the sun, a hint of spice. The palate is dense with white fruits, stone, hay and citrus with perfect bracing acidity. Rather full-bodied for a Muscadet, this will accompany crab, lobster and monkfish as well as chicken, pork, Asian foods and goat cheeses. Or hold for a few years and serve with full-flavored fish dishes. Bravo, Jo Landron!

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $14.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Parentière 2012 Vin de France (Organic) Fraîcheur Iodée L'Atlantique

The Parentière Fraîcheur Iodée de L'Atlantique, which roughly translates as "Atlantic sea-spray" is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 30 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts and the wines are never chaptalized, remaining light, mineral and refreshing. At 10.2% alcohol, this wine is light and lovely with subtle aromas of citrus, herbs and wet stone with vibrant, fresh acidity. The intriguing finish with hints of almond, citrus and earth is typical of the gabbro soils. Perfect with shellfish and seafood or quaffed outdoors on a hot summer day, this wine is a superb and refreshing value!

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $9.99

  • Organic

Laguerre 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Blanc

Eric Laguerre's "Le Ciste," (named after a flowering bush in and around his vineyards) is certainly one of the most distinctive whites of the Roussillon. Grown in Eric's high-elevation vineyards on acidic soils of decomposed granite, the wine is made from Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and Maccabeu. Yields are about 20 Hl/Ha, harvesting is by hand in small baskets, fermentation (wild yeasts) and aging is in small barrels. Complex aromas of lemon oil, thyme, hay and white fruits—a lovely melange with contributions from each variety. The plate is dense, stony and saline with herbal, citrus and white fruit flavors. The finish is long with mineral acids. Complex and distinctive as a young wine, this will be best with a few years of cellaring. Really a Grand Cru of the Roussillon and a great value! DL

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $16.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Laguerre 2012 Côtes du Roussillon Le Ciste Rouge

40% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 15% Mourvèdre, grown in high-altitude vineyards on granite soils in the Roussillon. Black/purple color, complex aromas of blackberry liqueur, black cherry, violets, cocoa, Provençal herbs, blood orange, quite deep and fresh. The palate is supple and balanced with deep black fruits and mineral acidity. A Châteauneuf-du-Pape of the Roussillon, not heavy but with great concentration and with a real mineral kick in the finish from the granite soils. Open a few hours in advance, serve with a grilled steak, pork or lamb. Best after five years in the cellar—really an outstanding southern French red and a great value!

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Navarre 2013 Vin de Table de France Vin d'Oeillades (12 held)*

Nearly extinct, "Oeillades" is an ancient variety of the Languedoc, possibly related to Cinsault, giving soft, ripe wines with low alcohol. Thierry Navarre is preserving many old varieties in his mountain vineyards and makes a lovely rosé and this unusual and delicious red from this disappearing grape. Aromas of plum, prune, violet, spice, tea and earth. On the palate, peppery red currant and blackberry, quite ripe with a bit of prune and rose petal, with firm citrusy acids. Ripe but light at 11.5 % alcohol. A fascinating and delicious wine to serve cool with charcuterie, grilled meats, Moroccan tagines, great value as well!

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Barou 2013 VdP Collines Rhodaniennes Marsanne

The Barou family family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in the hills around Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. Their 2013 Vin de Pays Marsanne is a sensational value! Light bronze/gold color.  Aromas of lime-flower, honeysuckle, kiwi, citrus, apricot and hay, really quite pretty. Ripe stone fruits on the palate with lemon, spice, saline minerals and good balancing acidity in the long finish. Serve this lovely wine with chicken, full-flavored fish and Asian foods. Highly recommended!

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $11.99

  • Organic

Barou 2013 Vin de Pays Syrah Cuvee des Vernes

From 40 year-old Syrah vines in Charnay, just outside the Saint-Joseph AOC, on living soils tended organically for forty years by Marie-Agnès and Emmanuel Barou. Plowing by tractor or weeding by hand on the steep slopes. Hand-harvested, wild-yeast fermentations, aging one year in 4 to 5 year-old barrels. The 2013 "Vernes" shows raspberry and blueberry fruit with hints of musk, violet, citrus and spice, really pretty and fresh. Black and red fruits on the palate with pepper, smoke and saline minerals with bright acidity in the finish. Really a delicious Syrah showing the granite soils and great farming — enjoy now, served cool or wait 3 to 5 years. After a few days in the fridge, re-corked, the wine is softer, quite pretty and shows lovely ripe fruit on the finish — this wine is a sensational value!

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Cosse Maisonneuve 2009 Cahors Le Combal

A delicious interpretation of Cahors from Mathieu Cosse and Catherine Maisonneuve! 100% Malbec from 30-year-old vines planted in quartz, pebble and silt-laden soils, this is a deep and dark wine with fantastic structure. Cassis, stewed plum, pepper, graphite marry well with chewy tannins and a juicy acidity. Pair with steaks, stews, or just about anything hearty! Tim Gagnon

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $19.99

Pignard 2012 Beaujolais-Villages

The Pignards work 4.5 hectares in and around Morgon and Regnié. Biodynamic farming, natural fermentations and minimal SO2. We've walked through their vineyards which are absolutely beautiful — "wine is made in the vineyard" say the Pignards and it shows in the gorgeous fruit and mineral character in their wines. The 2012 Beaujolais-Villages is from 40 year-old vines on decomposed granite soils. It shows the bright pure fruit of the 2012 vintage but with very good ripeness as well. Pretty deep red color, aromas of tart cherry, raspberry, rose and blood orange, really lovely! Silky palate with dark cherry, blackberry and earth — a bit fuller than most 2012s, balanced by bright acidity and saline minerals. Delicious now and will drink beautifully over the next 3 to 5 years. DL

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • no discount
  • $10.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Lunotte (Christophe Foucher) 2013 Vin de Table P'tites Vignes (Gamay)

Pure glou glou! This is Christophe Foucher's fabulous Gamay offering... the wine that got us hooked and convinced us that we had to have the La Lunotte wines on our shelves. 11% abv, with aromas of wild rasberries and pepper on the nose, subtle tart cherry fruit and some serious minerality to boot. It's bright, fresh and extremely easy to drink. Natural wine at its finest!  Eben Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • red
  • 0 in stock
  • $15.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • No Sulfur