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Satellit is not a vineyard name, it is a reference to the wine being from their sole holding not in the 19th District; this Gemischter Satz is from the 21st, across the Danube on the Bisamberg—a renowned hill, home to loess soils and in Jutta's parcels the oldest vines were planted in the mid-eighties. The players here are Riesling, Chardonnay, Grüner Veltliner, and Sauvignon Blanc. There's only a few hours of skin-contact and the wine ages in stainless steel tank. Electric acidity with green apples, pineapple core, crisp herbs, and saline shimmer on the finish, this wine would be delightful with oysters on the half-shell, shrimp pasta, and definitely schnitzel! Cari Bernard
The wine that first caught my attention, Michael's 2015 Pinot Gris 'Wild & Free', did so because it was a complex, natural wine that was both fun and sophisticated; food-friendly but stood well on its own. For the Wild & Free line of wines, grapes are hand-harvested, and spend between 10-15 days in contact with the skins before pressing. Wines age in neutral barrels. The 2016 conjures the same delight as the 2015: deep, umami notes of umeboshi plum mingle with sour cherry, blood orange, red apple skin, raspberry, stewed strawberry, and red grapefruit zest, medium-bodied with the lightest tannic tack and bright acidity--elegance and drinkability! Cari Bernard
The Pignard's Morgon Cuvée Tradition is ripe, dense and delicious in 2015! Good friends with Christian Ducroux, the Pignards practise similar methods of biodynamic farming and natural vinifications. Produced from hillside vineyards of sandy clay over limestone in "Les Charmes," the wine ferments naturally, with only 10mg of SO2 added before bottling and spends a year in vat followed by a year in old barriques. The wine shows aromas of blackberry liqueur with earth, spice, citrus and herbal notes. The palate is silky and supple with ripe black fruits, bitter chocolate, earth, spice and citrus - having some aspects of northern Rhone wines in this very warm, dry vintage. The finsh is long with fruit liqueur, spice and citrusy acids. This shows the density and darker fruit flavors of the 2015 vintage but in a more balanced frame at 13% alcohol. Delicious now in it's youthful intensity, probably best from 2020 to 2025. David Lillie
From a small parcel in the southern Beaujolais on clay and silica soils over limestone. Direct press, one day maceration, wild yeast fermentation, no chaptalization, minimal SO2. The 2017 Les Griottes shows light herbal raspberry, rose and stone aromas. The palate is light but long with stone, raspberry and citrus fruit, crisp acidity and a nice mouth-coating finish. A lovely very dry rose with enough depth and character to accompany anything from oysters to chicken!
Made from nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a smattering of Cabernet Franc, farmed organically. The vines are grown on a gland of gravel and sand over limestone and clay. The 2015 is classic Graves with red and black fruits, notes of tobacco and cassis, with a fine core of minerality and ripe tannins on a medium weight, lifted finish. Delicious now, with a nice upside for mid-term aging. Enjoy with grilled lamb chops in a red wine sauce or hanger steak with an anchovy butter. John McIlwain
From a .35 HA parcel of organically farmed 51-year-old vines just opposite of the property. The 2014 Domaine Chevrot Bougogne Tilleuls is a lovely old vine expression of Aligoté. The plot is farmed organically with the soils worked by horse, the fermentation and aging is in barrel with native yeasts. An Aligoté to cellar, the wine is coiled and nervy with citrus and herbal notes leading on the nose followed by hints of sea spray. The palate is densely mineral and textured with stony acidity and bright Meyer lemon fruit on the attack and a long richly earthy finish. This is lovely and will age beautifully as well as pair with denser fish such as halibut or better still, some sea scallops from Blue Moon Fish with braised greens, citrus segments, brown butter, capers. -John McIlwain
While the 2014 vintage resulted in a number of stellar white Burgundies graced with energy and complexity, some of the most striking have come from Chablis. Moreau-Naudet was especially successful and the wines show class from the basic villages thru the premier and grand crus. The 2014 Vaillons is a radiant example of the terroir, with airy aromas of stone fruit, citrus peel, honeysuckle, and wet stone. The palate is vibrant with minerality and punchy acidity, with smoky flint vying with cool-toned citrus, and spice flavors on a concentrated, tactile finish, which is just a shade broader than that of the Forêts. Lovely now, but there's plenty of dimension which bodes well for aging (if you can resist drinking your bottles in the near term). John McIlwain
Domaine Bart in Marsannay made no rosé in 2016 due to the very low yields, so we're very glad to have this lovely Pinot Noir available again from the 2017 vintage. The wine shows a bright pink color and pretty aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, rose and citrus. The palate shows ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit with earth and mineral notes, as befits the limestone terroir of Marsannay. The finish is long and refreshing. This is light enough to serve with fish dishes and salads but has the depth and complexity to accompany grilled foods this summer.
We are happy to have just received (July 2018) a few more cases of the 2014 CDN Villages, as this wine really benefits from some time in the bottle and decanting. Always an earthy and mineral-infused wine, the 2014 is a bit more fruit-forward but is still primarily a Burgundy of terroir. There is reduction when first opened so please decant or open in advance. With aeration the wine shows subtle aromas of red currant, strawberry and tart cherry with violet, brown spice and earth - really quite complex and pretty. The palate is well-structured with chalky mineral flavors underlying the earthy raspberry and strawberry fruit. The finish is long with firm acidity and mineral notes. This is a lovely and beautifully balanced Burgundy for those who enjoy minerals as much as fruit! Note: The wine improves dramatically over 3 to 4 days, re-corked in the fridge, for those with enough patience - or cellar for five to fifteen years. (Note from Sept 2016)
C.A.I. stands for Carl August Immich, owner of the estate in the 19th century, who used gunpowder charges to blast out part of the mountainside in order to plant vines. Lemon oil, stones, salt spray on the nose, this wine is dry and crisp, with notes of yellow apricot, lemon zest, and underripe nectarine. An energetic introduction to the Immich-Batterieberg style of wines. Cari Bernard
Grey sandstone and pebbles mark the Steinacker vineyard, which sits just across the road from the Saumagen vineyard, Koehler-Ruprecht's grand cru site. Gardenias and lemon zest on the nose, the palate is soft and delicate with notes of white strawberries, apricot, peaches, and sweet fuji apple. Cari Bernard
Andreas Schumann has been making wine at Weingut Odinstal since 2004, biodynamic since 2006 and they've been organic since the 90's. The estate sits up from the town Wachenheim in the Haardt Mountains far back behind a forest, butting up to a basalt quarry, representative of one of the many soil types found in the 5.5 hectares of vineyards, which as a monopole, Schumann chooses to differentiate parcels by elevation above sea level and soil type. The herbs needed to make the biodynamic preparations grow near the vineyard and cows graze further afield. In the vineyards, a mix of tall grasses and delicate flowers reach upward, at times higher than the vines. The Riesling 350 N.N. is from the highest parcel in the vineyard, and shows its basalt pedigree in the nose, with a mineral nerviness and the intoxicating scent of stone fruit on the cusp of ripeness. A juxtaposition of stone and opulence plays out on the palate, concentrated and luxuriously textured with notes of soft mango, apricot, and orange zest. Cari Bernard
When Michael purchased the Monte Bernardi Estate in 2003 he was committed to making traditional Chianti without the use of "Bordeaux" varieties even though estate was already planted with French grapes that found their way into so many of Tuscany’s wines. He was already in the process of replanting the vineyards used to produce Retromarcia, so rather than uproot more vines, he diverted all of the French grapes into his own Bordeaux blend: Tzingana. Composed of 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and 15% Petit Verdot, all co-fermented for 3 weeks and raised in barrique and tonneaux for 2 years, the wine is certainly more dense and smooth than any of his Chiantis. Rich blackberries and cassis are lifted by the smell of black tea and bay spice. Soft texture and smooth ripe tannins are supported by nice acidity, and there is a discernible minerality on the finish. Andy Paynter
Retromarcia means “to back up” or “to reverse” and is Michael Schmelzer’s reference to an old approach to Chianti that is hard to find today, focused on allowing the character of Sangiovese to show above everything else. The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese composed of young vines planted on a mix of galestro and sandstone soils. The grapes are fermented with native yeast on the skins for 2 weeks in stainless steel and then raised in a mixture of old barrels and unlined concrete tanks for 18 months before being bottled unfiltered. This wine to me is always quite pretty and the 2015 vintage is no exception. Pale ruby in the glass, it smells of bright red cherry fruit, violets, and woody herbs with slightly darker earthy tone underneath. On the palate, it is light and quite refreshing with great acidity and lots of sour cherry fruit backed by delicate tannins. As a classic Chianti should be the acidity is mouthwatering, warming up the palate for a range of food; try it with everything from classic red sauce pastas, sauteed greens, and saltier cheeses all the way to richer food like roasted lamb or game birds. Andy Paynter
The ‘Tin’ cuvées are the most innovative wines being made at Montesecondo. The name is an homage to Silvio’s North African heritage (“Tin” means clay in Arabic); the ‘Tin’ wines are fermented and aged in clay amphora. The white 'Tin' is produced from a parcel that is primarily Trebbiano Toscano interplanted with a bit of Malvasia. The grapes are destemmed and placed in 250 to 350-liter unlined amphora to ferment for six months, and then bottled unfined and unfiltered. The wine is a rich, hazy gold in the glass and shows aromas of ripe stone fruit, orange zest, honeycomb, and wildflowers, with a spicy cut of cinnamon and cloves. The palate is more lifted than many orange wines made with extended skin contact, perhaps due to the relatively tame personality of Trebbiano Toscano. The texture is soft rather than rugged with crisp acidity and delicate tannins showing flavors of tart white peach and fresh citrus fruit. Fascinating on its own I think that it would be an easy match for all kinds of food: try it with rich pasta dishes, olives and cheese, white fish, with grilled chicken or artichokes. Andy Paynter
Repesenting a new generation in Muscadet, Manuel Landron (son of Jo Landron) and Marion Pescheux are making lovely wines on their 9 hectares of mostly Orthogneiss/Amphibolite soils."La Croix Mroiceau" is from a one-hectare parcel just east of La Haye Fouassière. The 2017 shows a pale gold color and aromas of dried pear, candied lemon, almond and fines herbes. The palate is round and supple with firm acidity, with ripe white fruits, toasted almond, anise and mineral flavors that linger in the finish. This is a bit fuller-bodied than most Muscadet , but still expressing the Orthogneiss terroir with a firm structure good acidity. Serve with baked or broiled fish, roast chicken, vegetables and mild cheeses. Lovely wine! David Lillie
The Domaine du Fresche is a certified organic estate in Anjou producing delightful, fresh, vivacious wines from Chenin, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Grolleau. This lovely rosé of Grolleau and Pinot Noir comes from hand-harvested fruit and is vinified with wild yeasts giving pretty aromas of ripe red currant, blood orange and strawberry. The palate shows silky, pure fruit - red currant with hints of watermelon and citrus and finishes with round red fruits and juicy acidity. A lovely wine and a great value. Thanks to Alain and Christine Bore at Domaine du Fresche!
Guy Bossard's groundbreaking Biodynamic estate is now in the capable and energetic hands of Fred Niger Van Herck, who is continuing Guy's fabulous work and introducing new wines vinified in amphora. The 2016 "Granite" is a bit more austere than the 2015, showing pronounced mineral and saline aromas with dried pear, citrus and herbal notes. The palate is crystalline and pure with good density with citrus, earth and white fruits. The finish is long with pear, iodine, citrus and firm acids. Decant or open in advance for current drinking, serve with oysters, other shellfish, white fish sushi, scallops and richer fish dishes as well. Drink till 2030+
Stéphane Guion's superb Bourgueil Rosé will differ from year to year, even finishing slightly sweet in certain vintages. In 2017, however, the wine is bone dry and tartly refreshing showing subtle and beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, red currant, green apple and rose petal. The palate is light and scintillating but with nice density of raspberry and red currant fruit, with a long finish of stone and citrusy acids. Serve this refreshing rosé with oysters vinaigrette, salade Nicoise, fried or grilled fish, roast chicken and mild cheeses. We don't get very much, so grab some now, and save a few bottles for next spring... David Lillie
This unique Loire Valley Chardonnay is from old vines and was aged 24 months in barrel in the Jousset's "cave troglodyte."
Lise and Bertrand Jousset began the "Exilé" project with fruit purchased from nearby friends who share their commitment to organic farming. The "Exilé" rose is a pétillant made from 100% Gamay and it's one of our favorites. The 2016 is decadent with coastal aromas of salty pineapple core, fleshy melon, almond skins, and lilac. At 12% it is almost completely dry with a lacy mineral structure framing rich flavors of bosc pear, creamy pineapple, and subtle hints of white tea and orange peel. The finish is long and fabulously mineral. Serve with salade niçoise, cheese, or as a life-affirming aperó after a long day. Amanda Bowman
Rose á Lies is a beautiful Petillant Naturel Rosé from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis-sur-Loire. Made from 40 year-old organic Gamay and Grolleau vines grown on sand and silex soils over limestone. Fermented in used barriques, the wine is bottled at 15 grams of sugar and finishes at less than 5 grams. The wine has toasty aromas of red currant and raspberry with creamy red fruits on the palate balanced with bracing acidity. The finish is clean, refreshing and long - a perfect Pet Nat for any special or everyday occasion!
The Joussets have made a lovely natural Pinot Noir from Biodynamic fruit grown by Philippe Gilbert in Menetou-Salon!
Up until this vintage, the only rosés available from Les Capriades were off-dry, but now there is finally a bone-dry cuvee! Made entirely from Gamay, it strikes a perfect balance of fruit and minerality which results in a zesty, refreshing wine awash in red berries, flowers, tangerine zest, and tart cranberries. This is the perfect sparkler to ring in the new year with. Tim Gagnon
A good candidate for aging, this is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Château Thébaud. Vintages going back to 1989 of the L d'Or are superb now, but this very young 2016 would be perfect today with a filet of sole. The wine shows elegant aromas of salt air, almond, pear, melon and lemon peel. The palate is very mineral and silky with pear, stone, bitter lemon - a bit austere, finishing with earth, mineral and citrus notes. A beautiful wine of terroir - serve with oysters and grilled fish, céviche of scallops - hold for five years then drink with lobster and fish in sauce, drink till 2038. David Lillie
The Moussamoussettes is back! A Chambers Street favorite, this years rendition is a blend of Grolleau Gris, Gamay and Cabernet. Flavorful and vibrant, pulsing with ripe red berry fruit, yet still totally dry. A rejuvenating Pet-Nat from our friend Agnes and René Mosse.
(First produced in 1988, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage.) The warm winter and early spring of 2017 in much of France brought early development to the vines, followed by a hard freeze at the end of April that killed the developing leaves and grapes. Losses were high in many parts of France, especially in the Loire Valley, and hot, dry summer weather further lessened the yields. Fortunately the quality of the resulting wines, is frequently outstanding as is the case with the superb 2017 Domaine de la Pépière "Briords." The harvest started two weeks early, on the 29th of August, bringing in ripe grapes with a lovely balance of maturity and acidity. The aromas are classic Briords, with white fruits, citrus rind, almond and stone with hints of white pepper and anise. The palate shows nice ripeness and density, a bit closed, with wet stone and citrus and very firm acidity underlying the tart white fruits. This is a tight and classy Briords that will need a decant if drinking young, preferably wait three to five years and drink until 2035(?). David Lillie
We're exstatic to have this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon (pressed at Bregeon), the wine underwent a slower fermentation than at Bregeon, and was then aged 42 months on the lees. From Juliette Pope of David Bowler Wines "We tasted the 2014 Gorges out of vat, along with everything else, last January (2018) with Marc and Rémi, and it blew me away. Marc waxed quite poetically, declaring it his favorite of his bottlings right now, along with the Château-Thébaud." Bregeon's vines on Gabbro with clay topsoils (in conversion to organic) always give an austere yet dense and beautifully structured wine, with unique aromas showing almond and petrol notes in addition to citrus, stone and white fruits. Although vibrant and delicious now, we would recommend waiting for eight to ten years before opening for peak enjoyment.
"La Porte Dorée" is from 40 to 90 year-old Romorantin vines grown on clay soils with limestone bedrock. The juice undergoes a long, slow alcoholic fermentation and malolactic fermentation, and the wine ages in old foudres and barriques. Minimal SO2 is added before bottling. The 2015 "Porte Dorée" shows complex aromas of pear, citrus, lime-flower, white pepper, almond and caramel, with a very slight oxidative character. The palate shows ripe pear, quince, citrus, almond and intense stony flavors that coat the mouth and are very dense and long. This is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or 3 to 10 years of cellaring. Serve now with fish or chicken in a cream sauce and with a wide variety of full-flavored cheeses. Lovely wine! DL
Philippe Tessier, veritable master of Romorantin in Cour-Cheverny, presents this rosé from Pineau D'Aunis, an equally rare and elusive grape from the Loire Valley. It's delicate and mineral with a very pretty lightly floral nose (rose-water, orange blossom). A perfect accompaniment to the final months of summer. EL
A reserved Bandol rosè, primarily Mourvedre with Cinsault and Grenache. The Mourvedre is pressed and run off directly, the Cinsault and Grenache undergo 24 hours of skin contact. Certified organic grapes from the Bronzo family vineyard in Le Castellet. The 2017 has a coppery, salmon-colored robe. The nose, initially backward, offers an array of stone fruit and savoy herb notes, with garrigue and ripe peach aromas vying for attention with time in the decanter. The palate offers peach skin, orange oil, and earthy flavors leading to a long, persistent, sapid finish. This is newly arrived and should take a month or two to unwind. Better with a decant or a day open. (Happily, in mid-August the young Bastide Blanche has opened up and is beggining to sing it's complex and beautiful song of Bandol - drink now and over the next three years.)
Thomas Finot has made a beautiful 2015 Persan, from a blend of old vines planted by vigneron Daniel Zegna and young vines planted by the Finots, all massale selection. The warm days and very cool nights in the Coteaux du Grésivaudan, Isère, produced a gorgeous wine with deep black/red color and aromas of blackberry liqueur, graphite and roast meat with hints of rose and pepper. The palate is sapid and dense with meaty blackberry and red currant fruit, with pepper, licorice, mint and herbal notes. The finish is long with elegant texture and ripe, earthy berry fruits that linger on the palate. This would be lovely with a piece of Charolais beef, and aging of ten to fifteen years should be interesting. Bravo to Thomas Finot - for this unique wine and for his project of replanting and resurrecting vineyards in Isère! -David Lillie Extra note: I spoke to Thomas about my favorite Persan, from Nicolas Gonin, and asked what differences he saw. He's also a big fan of Gonin's wines, and explained that the difference most likely comes down to 'elevage' (or ageing.. i.e. how they bring up the wine). Finot chooses a long aging, whereas Gonin's elevage is shorter, so there's less structure and a bit more freshness of fruit. I really enjoy both styles, so I can now officially say I have TWO favorite Persans! - Eben Lillie
We're happy to have another vintage of this delicious Merlot from Meyrl and Géraldine Crozier in the Ardeche - in the hills just west of the Rhône river, near Montelimar. The 2016 Chapeau Melon shows a dense black/garnet color and aromas of ripe blackberry and cassis, with floral and earthy notes. The palate is dense but not heavy with bright blackberry, cherry and cassis fruit backed by firm acidity and with flavors of soil and stone. This is a lovely natural Merlot of terroir that will be a great pairing with grilled foods this summer. Serve cool - it's a great value and is made with little or no SO2 for those who want to avoid additives in their wine...
"Le Ciste" is named after a flowering bush that grows around the Laguerre's steep, organic vineyards in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet. The 2016 is made from equal parts Marsanne, Roussanne, Rolle (Vermentino), Grenache Blanc and a small addition of Macabeu. Each parcel is hand-harvested, the grapes are fermented separately with native yeasts and raised in used demi-muid. This superlative cuvée is a fascinating showcase of the Roussillon's mighty terrior. The acidic soils of decomposed granite give this wine excellent mineral tension that deepens with time in bottle. Aromas are intricately woven with notes of bright lemon oil, verbena, sage, and salty seashells. The palate is supple and round with generous flavors of pear, white flowers, thyme, and almond framed by pure mineral acidity. This is a fantastic wine that is delicouis now but will develop a beautiful honeyed texture and rich flavors after 5-10 years in bottle. Eric recommends pairing this with sardines on toast, goat cheeses, and roasted chicken. Amanda Bowman
"Les Normins" (topped-up Chardonnay) is a new cuvée for us and a most welcome addition. From 75-year-old vines planted in white marl under limestone in the Fromont's first holdings in Cesancey. After a direct press, they allow spontaneous fermentation, then age the wine for 23 months in neutral oak barrel with minimal added sulfur. The wine is a golden hay color in the glass and offers heady aromas of white flowers, honeycomb, walnut and zesty lemon curd. The body has a waxy texture with powdery minerals and crackling acidity. At 14% ABV it is high in alcohol, but deceptively so (until you stand up!). The flavors are hedonistic with classic notes of Comté and, surprisingly, ripe red fruits. This is a powerful wine that should age well for years to come. Amanda Bowman
"En Quartre Vis" (topped-up Chardonnay) is sourced from a few different parcels, all of them vinified separately in neutral barrel then blended together in stainless steel tank before bottling with minimal added sulfur. The robe is a cheerful lemon color in the glass and offers vivid aromas of clementine, fresh mint, honey, and crisp apple skins. The body is light and nervy with taut acidity beneath layers of tangy citrus and salted melon on the long finish. The flavors continued to evolve on the second day; this wine should shine in 3 years. Amanda Bowman
"Les Molates" is a bright and honeyed, topped-up Chardonnay that comes from the Fromont's younger vines (around 35-years-old) planted in red marl under limestone in Sainte-Agnès. After a direct press, the wine is allowed to ferment spontaneously, and is then aged in neutral oak for 18 months before bottling with minimal added sulfur. The robe is a golden straw color in the glass and the aromas offer a sweet vernal freshness with notes of white flower, beeswax, lemon meringue, and chamomile. On the palate, the body is leaner than past vintages with delicate citrus acidity carrying notes of ripe yellow apple over a pleasing, salty mineral finish. Amanda Bowman
An almost extinct grape grown in the Languedoc, in southern France, Ribeyrenc has been preserved mostly due to the work of Thierry Navarre and his father before him. It’s thin-skinned and yields a fresh and vibrant red wine that could easily pass for a dark rosé. Fresh, floral, and unlike anything else! EL
This is a crisp and vibrant rose from the French island of Corsica. From 25-year-old vines of Niellucciu which (per J. Robinson) is a red grape native to Corsica and is genetically identical to Sangiovese. The vines are planted in schist and limestone soils and are farmed using strict organic and some biodynamic treatments. Thomas Santamaria meticulously selects the grapes for this rosé during his first pass through the vines that will later be used to to make his Patrimonio Rouge cuvée . Like all of his wines, he allows the rosé to ferment with native yeasts in stainless steel with minimal added sulphur. The wine shows a lovely light pink in the glass with fresh aromas of ripe strawberries, peach skins, red cherry and stone. The palate is light and thirst-quenching with crunchy acidity and flavors of tart cherry, stone fruit and a slight note of bitter herbs on the finish. This is a classic and refreshing Mediterranean rosé that should pair wonderfully with grilled vegetables or salad Niçoise. Amanda Bowman
An abiding staff favorite from Stéphane Tissot's biodynamic estate in Arbois, this crémant is a blend of 55% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 10% Poulsard and Trousseau. The interplay between the dry, mineral complexity and rich generosity make this an incredible Champagne-alternative. Opulent aromas of raw honey and baked red apple lead to flavors of tangy yellow fruit, crisp apple, toasted almond, and quince on the persistent finish. A versatile wine that keeps getting better every time we open a bottle (which is often). Amanda Bowman
Domaine Turenne produces beautiful wines in Provence through many years of organic farming, hand harvesting and wild yeast fermentations. The elegant rosé Cuvée Gravoches is made from 70% Mourvedre with 15% Grenache and 15% Cinsault, similar to the blend in nearby Bandol. The 2016 shows a lovely bight pink/orange color and aromas of tart raspberry, orange peel, peach and brown spice. The palate is supple and dense with mineral flavors underlying ripe berry and stone fruits - it's quite well-structured and very long, a young wine that will open nicely with aeration or with a few years of aging. A rosé of cuisine, serve with white meats, grilled pork with Provencal herbs, chicken in sauce, bouillabaisse, tagines and goat cheeses. David Lillie
Domaine Turenne, northeast of Bandol in Provence, produces this lovely rosé from 80% Cinsault, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah, certified organic. The terroir is a unique bed of limestone and sandstone debris with sand/clay stones called "Gavroches" which bring a pronounced minerality and good drainage to the vines. The grapes are harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and the wine is bottled with minimal SO2. The 2017 "Camille" is a pretty, very pale pink/orange color with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, rose and citrus, with a hint of stone fruits as well. The palate is light and elegant with subtle berry fruits, a hint of citrus and stone, and has nice density and length. This is a light and lovely rosé for summer enjoyment, sipped by itself or with grilled fish, white meats, salade Niçoise and mild cheeses - and it's a fabulous value! David Lillie
This subtly structured Chardonnay is a fantastic introduction to the world of skin contact whites. Here, the skins are kept with the juice until fermentation is finished, at which point there is a press, and then aging. This is not actually a very long period of maceration, but it's enough to lend a faint orange hue to the wine and it's evident from the mouthfeel that the wine has some structure to it. When I first opened this wine, I was expecting the textural characteristics and the flavors I've associated with orange wines in the past, but I was surprised by how beautifully aromatic the wine was. I forgot about the orange wine bit, and just let the Chardonnay do the talking, with flowers, earth, spice, and orchard fruit all intermingling on the nose. Really a unique wine in the layers to the experience, and recommended for those who are curious about skin-contact whites (aka orange wines), but don't necessarily want to dive all the way in. Eben Lillie
Torre Nova is 100% Negroamaro from 30-60 year old vines grown on clay and rocky pebbles. The 2015 is quite light and a bit higher in acid than the last vintage, but it’s really pretty on the palate. Think tart cherries and red plums, it’s very herbaceous with a hint of nuts and pepper on the finish. Try pairing this with roast pigeon, a simply prepared fish or even beef tartare. Christine Manula
I am completely smitten with this Amaro. The primary ingredient is blood orange from Sicily with the bitter, herbal components taking somewhat of a backseat, and the result is a brighter, more feminine, style of Amaro that is complex and delicious. It is floral, fruit-forward, mineral, and long with red berry fruits and herbs building on the finish. This is simply a fantastic after dinner drink. Tim Gagnon
From the lovely couple at Casa de Mouraz, Biotite is mostly Loureiro from certified organic vineyards in the Vinho Verde region, grown on granitic soils in the valley of the Lima River. This is a lovely mineral driven white, and a real eyeopener to the potential of the Vinho Verde wines. Most people just know the spritzy low alcohol whites (from early harvested usually under-ripe grapes), but this is a real wine, made from mature fruit and allowed to ferment naturally for a different kind of expression. Enjoy on its own on a sunny afternoon or with seafood, chicken, vegetables, sushi, salads, and cheeses.
This is a fantastic field blend from Antonio Madeira in the Serra da Estrela sub-region in the Dão. Primarily Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional, with several other indigenous varieties that are co-planted on rugged granitic soils. Aging is for 18 months, in old French barrels and 3 months in stainless steel before bottling. The wine is vibrant and balanced, with subtle tannin, and some real material. Though there are some white grapes in the blend, it looks and acts like a red wine, and would be perfect with anything from the grill this summer! Feel free to chill for 15-20 minutes to give it a little extra freshness on the palate.
The Barou family makes delicious wines, and grows cherries and apricots on their mixed-use organic estate in the hills around Saint-Joseph and Condrieu. Their 2016 "Rendez-Vous" is 100% Marsanne grown in granite soils. The grapes are 80% de-stemmed and then macerated on the skins for 10 to 12 hours. The fermentation is in barrels at low temperature followed by nine months of aging in 4 to 5 year-old barriques. The wine shows a pale gold color and pretty aromas of citrus, lime-flower, spiced pear, almond and hay. The palate shows nice freshness with ripe pear, quince, almond and citrus fruits supported by firm acidity, finishing with refreshing fruit and mineral flavors. This is a well-balanced and food friendly Marsanne that will pair with fish in sauce, Asian foods and chicken and pork dishes. It's a nice aperitif as well and a sensational value! David Lillie
The Charvin Côtes-du-Rhône Rosé comes from a 1.5 hectare parcel planted to mostly Grenache and Cinsault. The grapes are grown organically and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The vines are planted on sandy soils with clay and galets roulés (the famous round rocks covering the soil of Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and are an average age of 40 years. The 2017 exhibits notes of strawberries and cream, raspberry and ripe peach. The fruit is balanced by a slight herbaceous character, a lingering mineral quality and steely texture. A perfect pairing for summer salads and days by the pool, yet I also wouldn't hesitate having this with some heartier fare: a tuna burger comes to mind. Oskar Kostecki
Clos de la Bonnette is one of the few organic estates in Condrieu and Cote Rôtie. This lovely Syrah is from old vines on granite with clay soils in Tartaras, above Ampuis. A real wine of terroir, the 2016 VV shows very earthy aromas of black raspberry with violet and roast meat with cool mint and stone. The palate also shows a very earthy and mineral character with a lovely mix of black and blueberry fruit with hints of citrus. This junior Cote-Rôtie will be perfect with grilled lamb and pork and is light enough to pair well with roast chicken and vegetarian dishes.
50% Clairette, 25% Roussanne, 25% Viognier, always organically farmed, wild yeast fermentation, aged in enamel vat. Subtle aromas of dried pear, lime-flower and stone. Ripe pear, peach, stone, herbal and citrus flavors on the palate. This is a bit brighter and more balanced than the 2015 - really a delicious "food" wine that will pair with a wide variety of full-flavored fish and shellfish dishes, white meats, Asian cuisines and goat cheeses.
Thomas Finot, who is resurrecting forgotten vineyards and varieties in the Isère, is also making brilliant wines from his tiny family vineyard in Crozes-Hermitage. He has 1.8 hectare of old vines in Larnage on a hillside with granite and limestone subsoils under interesting soils of white clay (kaolin). It's a great terroir, and the Cuvée Claude, homage to Thomas' uncle, is a superb Crozes.
Domaine Pélaquié makes this lovely Tavel rosé from young vines of Cinsault and Grenache. The wine shows a deep pink color with lush aromas of tart cherry, raspberry and red currant with violet, citrus peel and spice. The palate is deep and ripe but nicely balanced with bright acidity, showing black cherry, ripe raspberry, brown spice, citrus and mineral flavors, with a nice supple finish. This will accomany grilled tuna, chicken and burgers this summer as well as salads and cheeses.
For my money one of the great producers of white wines in the Rhône. Andre Perret makes a trio of beautiful Condrieus: Chery (tense, deeply mineral, gras, ageable), Clos Chanson (ample, exotic, floral, supple), and Condrieu AC (generous, ripe, aromatic, stony and fresh). All are lovely and expressive, and the ‘basic’ bottling offers a beautiful combination of floral and stone fruit aromas, with fine sap on the palate (midweight, ripe, and salty!) and a veritable cornucopia of stone and orchard fruit flavors on a long clinging mineral finish. This has great energy, freshness, detail, and none of the flab associated with many Viogniers. There’s light here, if not heat. A fantastic aperitif and a fine pairing with a salad of favas, spring onions, and fresh pecorino. Lovely stuff! John McIlwain
Certainly one of the best sites in Crozes-Hermitage, "les Picaudières" is a steep, south-facing granite hill with high-density old vines, formerly owned by the legendary Raymond Roure. 2016 is a great vintage for "Les Picaudières," showing fabulous elegance and purity of fruit. The aromas are bright and pretty, very floral with black raspberry and red currant liqueur with hints of blood orange, musk and smoked meats. The palate is dense and cool with silky berry fruits, Asian spice and firm acidity with a strong core of graphite and saline mineral flavors. This is a beautiful Syrah of terroir that should be decanted well in advance if drinking now, best perhaps 2022 - 2030. We thank Stéphane and Isabelle for this lovely wine at a very reasonable price! David Lillie
A very special bottling of vintage rum from Caroni, the now-legendary Trinidadian distillery that closed its doors in 2002. This is sourced from the cache bought up by Luca Gargano and Velier in 2004, and has continued aging in Trinidad under tropical conditions. Most long-aged rum available on the market these days is sourced from warehouses in Northern Europe, where it undergoes a much gentler maturation, at a rate of evaporation that is around 1 to 2 percent per year. This 17-year-old rum, spending its entire life aging in the heat and humidity of the Caribbean, experiences a loss of about 80% before it is bottled, resulting in one of the most deep and complex rums I've ever had the pleasure to taste. Notes of wood spice, cedar, mahogany, pipe tobacco, dried flowers, potpourri, dried stone fruit, grilled peaches, the scent of old houses, engine oil, and a slight rancio, varnishy quality are all interwoven on the nose and palate. The finish is long and satisfying. This rum drinks fantastically at the high proof. Oskar Kostecki
Fukucho is made at Imada Shuzo, in the town of Akitsu in Hiroshima Prefecture, on the shores of Japan's Inland Sea, a body of water separating the islands of Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Notably, Imada Shuzo is run by a woman, Miho Imada, who holds the title of both Brewery President and Toji Master, positions she inherited after over a decade of training in the family business. In the years since, she's put her own mark on the brewery, most notably with the Forgotten Fortune bottling. Imada-san revived an heirloom variety of Hiroshima rice called Hattanso, previously only conserved in seed banks, and replanted it for the first time in over a century. After years of experimentation, she's dialed in the exact brewing specifications and crafts this wonderfully clean, vibrant sake with a undercurrent of salinity and umami. The nose is delicate with notes of melon, cucumber peel and steamed rice, and the palate shows great acidity and crisp dry finish. Hiroshima is famous for its oysters, and this sake is a perfect pairing. Delicious with all types of shellfish and seafood, this sake also pairs wonderfully with salads and other light vegetarian fare. Oskar Kostecki
Made of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Viura from Artuke's organically farmed family estate in the Rioja Alavesa, this wine is a great bargain. This is a traditionally-made Rioja with a freshness that most wines of the region don't have. Whole cluster fermented and raised in concrete tanks, the wine is juicy and floral with aromas of wild violets, ripe cherry, crushed red and purple berries, soft earth, and wild green herbs. Drink this wine with a slight chill and pair it with everything from pizza to paellas! Caroline Coursant
Ramon Saavedra makes delicious zero-added-sulphur wines in the tiny hamlet of Cortes y Graena in the Granada province of Andalusia. This Pinot Noir is ripe and bright, but at 12%, a balanced and unique experience of the noble grape. Although harvested earlier than previous years, the 2016 is significant, with black cherries, spice, and a decent amount of grip. High altitude vineyards provide ample acidity to frame the material. This is a singular expression of Pinot Noir and worth drinking over a day or two, or aging for up to 10 years.
The Cauzón usually accounts for about half of Ramon's production, and is all Tempranillo, aged in stainless steel with occasional use of small old barrels. Aromas of dried herbs, and a lovely spice on the tip of the tongue. There's a subtle impression of dried fruit, but the wine is fresh and alive, so it's also full of life and has delicious ripe berry fruit. High altitude Tempranillo from Andalucia - truly a special treat and one of the most intriguing and delicious expressions of the grape I've ever tried. Eben Lillie
Ramon Saavedra farms organically and adds no sulfur whatsoever to his wines. His vineyards face north on alluvial soils at the base of the Sierra Nevada range at over 1000 meters altitude in Andalucia, resulting in impressive freshness and definition. Mozuelo is mostly Garnacha with some Garnacha Tintorera, de-stemmed and pressed after 8 days of maceration and fermented in stainless steel tanks. Grape skins, fresh flowers, and thyme on nose, with the flavors of perfectly ripe purple berries on the palate. It's silkly and generous, but as with all of the Cauzón wines, very balanced and drinkable.
Borja Pérez, the winemaker behind the Ignios Origenes label from Tenerife, is a proponent of traditional winemaking with a strong focus on the superb volcanic terroir of his island. The Tinto, a beautiful vibrant wine from a 100% Listán Negro, is made from grapes from multiple parcels in Ycoden Daute Isora. Fermented separately in stainless steel, the wine is then aged together in old French oak barrels and large foudres, with minimal addition of sulfur at bottling. Full of energy, the wine displays earth, spice, white pepper, dark berries and purple floral notes. On the palate, the acidity and minerality are in full display showing off a structure that is so unique to Tenerife. A fantastic wine to pair with charcuterie, pork chops, roasted chicken, or grilled vegetables. Caroline Coursant
Celler de Roure is a small dynamic organic-certified estate located in the Denominación de Origen of Valencia, using indigenous grapes of the region, old traditional aging methods (stone lagars and amphorae), and native fermentation. Cullerot (which means "tadpole") is a blend of several local grapes (Verdil, Macabeo, Malvasía, Pedro Ximénez, and Tortosina, among others) ranging from 15-70 years old, co-planted on sandy clay loam, at 600m altitude. Whole-clustered pressed, the grapes are fermented in tank and then aged in amphorae for six months. Technically an "orange wine", this fantastic wine is full of flavors and freshness with aromas of citrus, pineapple core, green apple, white floral, earth and brioche. Textural with a hint of tannin, the wine is vibrant with good acidity and length. A delicious orange wine to enjoy by itself or with roasted chicken, jambalaya or Salade Niçoise. Caroline Coursant
Keeping up with demand for Espelt rosé is a full-time job! Certified organic from a family winery in Emporda, Catalonia, this bone-dry, bouyant, and refreshing rosé of 100% Garnacha continues to wow us with its value and deliciousness. Notes of crushed stone and wild flowers on the nose lead to a tangy palate of citrus zest, blood orange, crushed berries, and sea spray. A delicious accompaniment for squid and tuna. Ariana Rolich
This incredible bargain is a certified organic blend of mostly Bobal and some Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted at 1,000 meters altitude in the Utiel-Requena region of Spain. Dense and layered on the palate, the wine is full-bodied with good acidity and supple tannins, displaying a bouquet of rich cherry, tart plum, and ripe raspberry fruit, with a hint of violets and herbs. Pair this wine with grilled steak, roasted lamb, and vegetable lasagna. Caroline Coursant
I loved the 2016 Amanda Rosado and can't believe the 2017 is even better! This wine is 100% Garnacha Tintorera from 60-year-old vines planted on calcareous clay soils, at 850 meters altitude in the province of Segovia. More concentrated than its preceding vintage, the 2017 Amanda is juicy with crunchy red berry, fresh cranberry, tart rhubarb, salt, crushed rocks and some floral and herbal undertones. With beautiful minerality, bright acidity, and medium body, the wine has a long finish. Pair this fantastic rosé with grilled salmon, chicken salad and Asian cuisine. Caroline Coursant
Lovamor is a 100% Albillo Mayor, a rare white variety in the Ribera del Duero, from around 120 year-old vines planted on a mix of clay and limestone soils. After 6 days of skin contact, the wine is raised in stainless steel vats for several months with no addition of sulfur. More dense than the 2016 Lovamor, the 2017 displays a higher concentration of fruit while keeping a superb acidity and minerality on the mid-palate. With flavors of orange, golden apple, salt, yellow floral and summery rocks, the wine is fresh but also textural. Pair this fantastic "orange" wine with some grilled shrimps, fish, roasted chicken and grilled vegetables. Caroline Coursant
This is all Pansa Blanca from three different vineyard sites. It's a perfect introduction to the grape, and a gateway to Oriol's single-vineyard expressions. The parcels are all on granitic sand, which lends a particularly salty and spicy character to the wine. Mostly de-stemmed, with 20% of the grapes left on the skins for a short period (1-2 weeks), and aging for 10 months on the lees in stainless steel. This is beautifully textured and also zippy and fresh. Though I'm no expert of Pansa Blanca, I'm convinced that one must at least try this wine to understand the characteristics and potential of the grape. Eben Lillie
This 100% Garnacha wine is the perfect rosé for the summer! Bone-dry and refreshing, with a beautiful bouquet of tart red berries, ripe citrus fruit and light herbal notes, the wine is crisp and vibrant on the palate with superb minerality and good acidity. A fantastic rosé! Caroline Coursant
"Las Cañadas" is a blend of Bobal (90%) and Albilla (10%), planted in 1965 on clay calcarious soils. Established in Manchuela (a D.O. (Denominación de Origen) close to Valencia) since 2005, Juan Antonio Ponce practices organic and biodynamic farming. A proponent of minimal intervention, Juan Antiono harvests by hand and uses native yeast. The grapes are directly pressed in stainless steel and aged in 600L French oak barrels for six months. A minimal amount of sulfur is added at bottling and there is no fining or filtering. The result is a wine with mineral elegance and freshness, with a beautiful creamy texture, light bouquet of orange, clementine, strawberry and stone fruit with spice undertones - Las Cañadas is delicious! Drink this vibrant lovely rosé by itself, or with grilled octopus, tuna tartare, or any bright salad. Caroline Coursant
This organically farmed Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) wine is a great value! Coming from several different parcels at high altitude averaging 30-50 years old in the village of La Aguilera, planted on clay limestone soils, the grapes are whole clustered and infused rather than macerated, and then fermented and aged in wood. 2017 was a difficult vintage for Germán R. Blanco, with frost and low production, resulting in a more concentrated wine but still showing great vibrancy, good acidity and supple tannins. The wine continues to display the fresh side of Tinto Fino, with flavors of juicy dark berry and black plum, light floral, and herbal and savory undertones. Perfect for pairing with grilled meat. Caroline Coursant
Priorat is usually known for big, high in alcohol reds but Pim Pam Poom is not that Priorat! 100% Garnacha, fermented whole cluster and raised in stainless steel for four months, Pim Pam Poom is brimming with purple and red berry, ripe cherry, violet flowers, bright granitic minerality, and light mint and pepper notes. Enjoy this fresh and delicious Priorat with a slight chill with barbecued meat or grilled vegetables. Caroline Coursant
Sara Perez and Rene Barbier Jr., both natives of Priorat, created a delicious wine, combining freshness and complexity. A blend of red and white grapes from Montsant (Garnacha, and Syrah, plus Macabeu, Garnacha Blanca, and Garnacha Gris), the grapes are pressed together, co-fermented for six months, and aged for approximately 14 months in 10-year old barrels before bottling. The result is fantastic, with a wine displaying gorgeous notes of pale strawberry, apricot, juicy white peach, creamy florals, and slight herbal and salty minerals. With good acidity and a beautiful finish, this wine can be drunk now or cellared for several years. Caroline Coursant
An ensamble, or blend of several different agave species all co-roasted, co-fermented, and co-distilled, is a historic style with a long tradition. With different species taking various length of time to mature, making an ensamble was a mezcaleros way of pulling from the available bounty of the land and creating a special, oftentimes unique batch. These are some of our favorite styles of mezcal, carrying great complexity. This is a blend of Espadin, Tepeztate, Tobala, and various Karwinskiis, and explodes on the palate with notes of tropical fruit, melon, roasted pineapple, evergreen, resin, violets, hot stones and remarkable salinity. Oskar Kostecki
From the folks who run Hobo Wine Co., here we have the delicious new vintage of one of our favorite inexpensive Cabernets from California! Tart blackberry and ripe cassis mix with herbal hints and wildflower on the nose while broadly gracing the firm, rich, powerfully tannic palate. Sourced from many lesser known but sustainably or organically farmed vineyards throughout Sonoma county. Aged for nine months in neutral oak barrels. Andrew Farquhar
Fiona Hill is a meticulously planted, steep hillside vineyard with an ideal southern face, situated on Porter Creek’s estate. Hard clay topsoil with fractured stone bedrock places continual stress on these Pinot vines, resulting in a very expressive, unique single vineyard expression. Named after winemaker Alex Davis's daughter, this is a wine of multiple tonalities, at once containing finely-etched mineral character while also tasting like a handful of freshly-picked strawberries. Very elegantly structured, the tannins come up slowly but linger a while throughout the long, silken, resonant finish. Aged in 25% new French oak for 11 months. 420 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
This bright, ripe, juicy old-vine Carignane is sourced from biodynamically farmed grapes from Mendocino County. Rich, rustic, and juicy, this is a perfect barbecue wine, as it has the tannins to compete with chargrilled meats but clocking in at only 13.3% alcohol. Quite plush, this wine has the extraordinary fruit concntration unique to old-vine Carignane. Carignane is traditionally considered to be a lighter grape, but in fact, at about fifty years of age it begins to concentrate rapidly, and these super-old vines create wines of stunning depth. This quixotic wine works just as well with a slight chill in the sun as with hearty beef stews. Enjoy! Andrew Farquhar
Sourced from vineyards of clay over schist, shale, and granite bedrock, this fabulous Russian River Pinot was spontaneously fermented open-top (1/3 whole cluster), with a four day cold soak. Following this were 11 months in 25% new French barrique. A brawny, grippy Pinot Noir, in no ways heavy, this is a densely structured wine with tart pie cherry and cranberry notes. This wine has a way of reminding me of a lot of great California Pinot while also being structured somewhat differently, with a higher tone, more nervous energy, and a finish as tightly wound as a well-thrown football. While the fruit is definitely present it's wrapped around a surprisingly spare mineral core. Andrew Farquhar
Sourced from estate fruit and organically farmed vineyards in the Green Valley sub-AVA of Russian River. Elegantly textured, with stylish apple and pear fruit mixing with a hint of salinity and crushed oyster shells, this is a perfect companion for heavier seafood dishes, particularly anything involving lobster. Whole cluster pressed and aged for 11 months in 25% new French barrique. What impresses me most about this Chardonnay is its reserve. Medium-bodied, the oak shows itself more in its textural integration than on the palate. 450 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
Sourced from the estate's George's Hill vineyard, named in honor of founder George Davis who purchased the land in 1977, this biodynamically farmed vineyard site produces some of the most exciting Chardonnay in the entire Russian River. This wine is big on texture and has great aromatic power, with notes of green apple, almond, and darker mineral, oily, almost saline notes. On the palate this wine has great, peppy acidity, though it is not quite light-bodied. A certain breadth comes through on the palate, with ripe peach character filling out the back end as it slips into a long, softly nuanced finish that cycles between cream, citrus, and hazelnut. Tastes great now, but will continue to improve in the cellar for at least ten years. Andrew Farquhar
Sourced from the Linda Vista Vineyard in Oak Knoll, organically farmed by Steve Matthiasson, this Chardonnay is a regal example of what made Napa Chardonnay so world famous. Oak Knoll, with moderating influence due to its proximity to San Pablo Bay, has a cooler climate than any other AVA in Napa after Carneros. This is an incredibly fresh and inviting Chardonnay, with lots of acidity giving fantastic structure and bright apple and pear character; yet the Napa sunshine gives it a rich, nutty, broad character. Pressing is whole cluster and aging is half in neutral oak barrels and half in stainless steel for ten months. Partial malolactic. Six barrels produced. Andrew Farquhar
This Chardonnay comes from younger vines in Rhys' Anderson Valley Bearwallow Vineyard, and aged for 14 months in 20% new French oak barrels. Like a riper Chablis, there are notes of zesty lemon, white nectarine, and just-ripe peach. On the palate, lemon juice, lemon pith, and saline flavors with bright acidity and a tight mineral core.A perfect introduction to Rhys' stunning Chardonnays. Jonas Mendoza
This is an amazing, extraordinarily powerful and fundamentally expressive bottle-conditioned cider. Quite tannic, this cider reminds me of the tart and unsweetened rhubarb pies my grandmother used to make in Maine. The tannins are beautifully integrated and expressive and the finish is long and herbaceous. Drink now or hold up to five years. Hyslop Crab, Granny Smith, Jonamac, Golden Delicious, and Pink Lady go into this cider. Only 60 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
This still cider is very dry and minerally, with a vinous quality that lends it to pairing with food. Slightly tart, this is perfect with summer squash, smoked trout, or corn on the cob. A blend of Newtown Pippin, Roxbury Russet (America's oldest apple cultivar, dating from back in the days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony), Esopus Spitzenburg, and Winesap. Aged for ten months on the lees before bottling, giving it more depth. 90 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar
This is a lighter, fresher, more delicate farmhouse style made from old-growth Golden Delicious planted in the 60s, mixed with some Chestnut Crab (crabapples make for fantastically tart cider), Esopus Spitzenburg, and Ashmead's Kernel. Bottle-conditioned but not extraordinarily wild, this is a delicate and very complex cider, with lingering notes of orange rind, brioche, vanilla, and some herbal characteristics on the finish. Andrew Farquhar
This is Treasury's classic slightly-sweet sparkler. Light and limpid with notes of pear and melon, this is an inviting and fresh cider made from old-growth Golden Delicious mixed with some cultivars developed here in New York at the State Agricultural Experiment Station: Cortland, Macoun, Jonagold, and Jonamac. Serve chilled on a porch, preferably with a view. Andrew Farquhar
This is a wilder, more unhinged tart cider. Bottle-conditioned and also quite tannic, this is a funky and minerally cider with quite a bite. Made using Goldrush and a mix of old-growth dessert apples planted in the 60s. This is for lovers of sour beer! Only 40 cases produced. Andrew Farquhar