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Chambers and Chambers
Opaque ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black and blue fruit, olive and allspice aromas are energized by a suave floral overtone. Fleshy, juicy and broad in the mouth, offering concentrated black currant, cherry liqueur, fruitcake and floral pastille flavors that tighten up with aeration. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with sharp delineation, steadily building tannins and excellent persistence. - 94 Points, Josh Reynolds100% Syrah Fruit for this wine is a barrel selection of Graillot's best Crozes-Hermitage lots each vintage. 'La Guiraude' is chosen after Alain has tasted every barrel. This stem-fermented wine is a powerfully structured, yet elegant wine that will age well. The special cuvée is not terroir specific and is only produced during exceptional vintages.
Chambers and Chambers
nky ruby. Mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe dark berries and candied violet show outstanding clarity and lift. At once rich and energetic in the mouth, offering juicy blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors that slowly turn sweeter on the back half. Shows outstanding clarity on the long, penetrating finish, which features well-judged tannins and lingering floral and spice notes.
- April, 2020, Josh Reynolds
The Giato Bianco is a blend of 60% Grillo and 40% Catarratto from the Giabbascio Pietralunga and Verzanica vineyards, planted on the Belice Corleonese plateau. These two grape varieties are widely grown in western Sicily and used to be mostly used to make Marsala. They make very good white wine too; this shows none of the vague soft character of bad commercial examples, but is brisk, flavorful (hints of herbs, apple and mandarin orange) and delicious. Shockingly good for the money.
North Berkeley Imports
Espiègle’ means mischievous in French; this young-vine pure Syrah is certainly that. Fruity, teasing and lively, with a succulent core of red and black fruits. Aged in older French oak barrels for one year.
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Grapes held in cold storage for 24 hours. Fermented in tanks on indigenous yeasts; gentle crushing by foot. Aged in older French oak barrels (four- to six-year-old barrels that previously held white Burgundy) for one year. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of summer berries, light earth, peppery spice. Dominated by red, ripe fruit; moderate tannins. Best served chilled.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: French charcuterie; roasted chicken with herbs
Swirl Wine Brokers
Southern Wine and Spirits
Juicy and cool with blackberry and jam, laced with a bit of chocolate, vanilla and spices.
An adventurous Red Blend like ours can hold its own next to barbecue and grilled vegetables. Keep it chilled and within easy reach when you’ve got friends around the fire pit.
Domaine de la Verde was founded in 1888 and has been owned by the Camallonga family since 1963. Our single vineyard plot "La Verde" is planted on clay and limestone soils on the esteemed high plateau of the Vacqueyras appellation. Dark ruby color. This wine shows spice-accented aromas of fresh dark berries and lavender, along with a hint of cracked pepper that emerges with air. Smooth and open-knit, Prelude is the beginning of a great story with our wines.
The blend is Grenache 55%, Syrah 22%, Mourvedre 13%, Cinsault 10%.
A model for Sauvignon Blanc born from the Loire’s Kimmeridgian limestone. Reverdy’s trademark is a generous flavor of blossoming flowers channeled over the palate, culminating in a finely etched mineral finish. Ethereal and full of charm, this Sancerre comes into precise focus on the crisp, mouthwatering finale. A whisper of fresh-squeezed lemon lingers on the lips and tongue, zestfully inviting the next sip. Don’t miss yet another classic from this Loire Valley reference.
Southern Wine and Spirits
This pale pink wine with golden tints releases fragrances of citrus fruit and orchard flowers enveloped in spice. On the palate, the immediate effect is elegant and open, developing subtle aromas with a lemony edge before a sweet finish of appealing length.
Blend: 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, 6% Syrah, 4% Mouvèdre. This wine pairs excellent with all Mediterranean cuisine.
"Brilliant peach skin color. A highly perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet evokes fresh red berries, pit fruits and kumquat. A sexy floral note emerges with air. Silky and penetrating on the palate, offering intense redcurrant, strawberry, nectarine and blood orange flavors that slowly deepen through the mid-palate. Delivers solid punch but comes off lithe, showing excellent clarity and floral notes on the impressively long, seamless finish."- 93 points; Vinous
North Berkeley Imports
The Bandol Tempier Rosé offers a unique blend of complexity and freshness. It has a fine structure, with no tannin. The high-quality care given to the vines and the diversity of the terroirs produce a flavorful intensity and a strong typicity.
Mourvèdre (~ 50%) with Grenache and Cinsault
Average age of the vines: 20 years
*limit 2 bottles per customer/address
North Berkeley Wines
WINEMAKING: Hand-harvested. Fermented full cluster on indigenous yeasts in tank; gently crushed by foot. Aged for approx. one year in older French oak barrels (barrels generally older than six-seven years). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING IMPRESSIONS: Aromas of black cherries, boysenberries, light licorice, earth. Mouthfilling, suave yet grippy tannins; long finish.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: Grilled pork sausages; game meat in red wine sauce; roast lamb
Light.. super light, crisp, & bubbly. This is ridiculously refreshing. Made from a blend of Loureiro, Trajadura, & Arinto, this wine is not only incredibly fun to drink, it's far more complex than expected. The Trajadura and Arinto varieties give it body and length, as well as aromas of apple and grapefruit, while the Loureiro provides floral and herbal elements. This is a daytime crab smashing, beach cruising, pool side companion.
Why We Love it:
Two words: Sustainability... and chilling. Wine maker Carlos Teixeira is deeply dedicated to the long term viability of the environment. Water conservation, solar power, light weight recycled packaging, its all there. On the fun side, we love that these bubbles come in at only 9% ABV which makes it such a fun wine for hanging out with friends during the summer days.
This Pinot Noir is made entirely from our own Biodynamic, estate grown fruit at Johan Vineyards. The grapes were hand picked and fermented in small batches using only native yeast – for both primary and malolactic fermentation. During primary fermentation our cap management is gentle, just enough to wet the cap and distribute even temperatures throughout the tank. Once each lot was fermented dry, it was pressed off the skins and barreled down into neutral French oak barrels, where it aged for 7 months. All Pinot noir is created equal in our cellar until our tasting and blending trials begin in early spring. At this time, we select the barrels that we feel are the most approachable at that time, with the focus of making a wine that is vibrant and juicy, with a nice tannin structure and balance.