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The Gamay Noir vines at the Barsotti and Witters vineyards in El Dorado are maturing, and we feel the wine we are making from these two sites is getting better every year. The high elevation, decomposed granite soils and impeccable farming by the Mansfield family create a magic combination for this variety.
The Love Red grapes were harvested in the second week of September to preserve the grape’s natural acidity. The Carignan and Syrah were both whole cluster fermented and destemmed in concrete and stainless tanks. The Valdiguié went under carbonic fermentation in stainless steel. Aged for 8 months in concrete and neutral French oak barrels.
50% Carignan, 36% Valdiguié, 8% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon
We started making our Love Wines because we want to provide a more affordable everyday drinking wine to a larger market while still espousing the key tenets we believe in --- minimal intervention and sustainable farming. The Love wines are larger production blends by design. We still use only native yeasts and bacteria for fermentation with no additives or adjuncts, but we do choose to use trace amounts of SO2 at bottling. Each of the Love blends contain grapes from vineyards with varying degrees of intervention and the vineyards and blends can change with each vintage.
With an attractive ruby colour, Charamba Tinto presents a very fruity nose, with notes of blackberries, raspberries and spices. In the mouth, this wine stands out with its elegance and smoothness, with persisting fruity notes at the end.
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz
From the Producer:
Amarone Corte Sant’Alda is made from a selection of Corvina 40%, Rondinella 20% and Corvina Grossa 40% from our central vineyards – Roaro Vineyard 7 – Valletta Vineyard 5 and Bosco Vineyard 6 – for an overall area of 3.70 hectares.
All the vines are grown using the simple guyot system with a density of 6400 plants/hectare.
All our grapes have organic certification and in recent years the vineyards have been managed on the basis of bio-dynamic agriculture principles.
The experience of the grape-pickers who come back year after year and the groves in a strategic position are fundamental elements in the traditional and natural grape drying process that utterly excludes any kind of forcing
The grapes are placed in wooden boxes in the vineyards themselves and must ensure optimal quality, ripeness and well-separated bunches. They are then kept until February in integral and healthy condition.
Over these months, a physiological reduction of around 60/65% takes place involving important conversion and concentration.
“Piè di couve” exclusively with native yeasts helps activate all fermentation stages in 40 hl vats. Low seasonal temperatures ensure that this stage lasts for more than a month, during which time continual rack and return and manual wine-crushing procedures ensure the best extraction of the goodness and elegance of the skins.
On completion of fermentation and after pouring off, the new Amarone is left for no less than three years in oak barrels of various capacities and ages.
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Liberty is a unique collaboration resulting from the experience of two winegrowing friends who have dared to go back to basics. In the vineyard, they freely explored their outstanding terroir off the beaten track, and transformed their emotions into a unique experience. Liberty means not only the freedom to do as you wish, but also the freedom to reveal who you really are.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 55% Grenache, 18% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre, 10% Cinsault, 5% Carignan.
Colour: deep ruby-red tending to violet;
Nose: winey, strong, fruity, varietal;
Taste: very dry, typically bitterish, intense, elegant, well-balanced, full of personality and stuffing; a big wine.
Type of bottle: Albeisa
Serving temperature: 16/18°
Storage: Lying down in cool, dark surroundings
Pairings: This wine can be served throughout a meal, but is particularly recommended with red and white meats in general, soups, pasta and risottos.
Produced from vines planted on the cool, shallow-granite soil of Chiroubles, this wine is balanced, ripe and has some fine tannins. It is smoothly textured, generous with its acidity and red fruits and ready to drink from mid-2018.
100% Gamay. L'Ancien comes from Jean Paul's oldest vines--hence the name of the wine--in his home village of Charnay in the southern Beaujolais. They range in age from 40 to 60 years old and are planted on slopes sporting the area's signature sandy clay-limestone soils, featuring the particular local "dorée" or "golden" limestone that is laden with iron. These older vines have always been farmed organically and harvested by hand and yield small, thick-skinned Gamay berries. As for all Terres Dorées reds, the vinification is traditional Burgundian. The grapes are rigorously sorted and destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete vats. The wine is aged in concrete until May-June after the vintage.
A very special, lightly-sweet sparkling rose from a tiny appelation between the Jura and Savoy. Made from 80% 100-year-old Poulsard and 20% 40-year-old Gamay, grown and vinified organically, and made by the ex-director (41 years!) of 3–Michelin-starred Georges Blanc in Vonnas. Gorgeous red fruits and rose petals dance elegantly with a little residual sugar and ample acidity to make for a perfect foil for your sweet tooth.
From a mid-century planting of dry-farmed, head pruned Carignan in the township of Talmage. A severe diurnal shift supports gradual and often late ripening. The soil is red clay strewn with fist sized rocks. The combination of vine age, extended growing season, and tougher soil conspire to produce a Rose with great freshness and complexity.
Aroma: watermelon, sweet lemon, ginger blossom
Flavor: key lime, rhubarb, white raspberry
Food pairings: rock shrimp ceviche, Spanish tortilla, smoked salmon rillettes
From a historic Mendocino vineyard pitched on the lofty slopes of Cloverdale’s Pine Mountain. Jim McCutcheon boasts 70-year old, head-pruned, dry-farmed vines planted on south-facing exposures at 2200-2400 feet. The soil is a mix of hard shale & clay. This rapidly vanishing California grape variety—made in this ‘old-timey’ way—harkens back to the Golden State’s earliest winemaking efforts.
AROMA: black cherry, sarsaparilla, cacao
FLAVOR: salted plum, black rapsberry, cola
FOOD PAIRINGSlamb burger, steak frites, Korean BBQ
Locations E-2 Spanish Red Wine is a blend of Grenache from Priorat, Rioja and Toro, Tempranillo from Rioja, and Carignan from Ribera del Duero and Carinyena. It has the same fermentation and upbringing as the French and Italian wines. Majestic, soaring black fruit aromas intermixed with forest floor, white flowers and kirsch emerge from this full-bodied, opulent, voluptuously textured red along with stunning richness and depth.
The 2018 is gorgeous with its luminous pale rose-gold hue and heady perfume of roses and Meyer lemon blossoms. The palate is focused with prominent salinity laced with citrus, essence of guava, delicate mountain strawberry, cranberry and white peach. The finish is laser-crisp and mouthwatering.
When people talk seriously about “natural” wines, Mas de Gourgonnier’s organic wines are at the top of the list. Since the eighteenth century, the Cartier family has worked the land in Provence, providing the local abbey with freshly grown fruits, vegetables and grain. They also were one of the first certified organic estates in Provence in the early 1970s. Here you’ll find a direct, unadulterated connection between the land and each bottle—flowering rosemary, wild sage and juniper plus the mountain freshness of regional “mistral” are all echoed in the estate’s wines. This is a vine-growing family that doesn’t have to “sell” a natural philosophy, however; it’s simply who they are, and who they’ve always been.
Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carignan. Aromas of lavender and sage, light peppery spice. Flavors of black cherries, plums, baking spices
This is the icon wine of the historic Serego Alighieri estate and comes from the eponymous vineyard, the source it seems of the very name Amarone itself.
This noble wine is produced using time-honoured practices in the vineyard, in the ancient drying lofts and in the cellars.
Its elegant personality is enhanced by the use of the Serego Alighieri clone of the Molinara grape and by ageing in cherry-wood casks, as family tradition dictates.