Case of 6 bottles.
We get a lot of requests from people who are interested in some of the more unique wines in our portfolio, but would like to try them first. So we designed this case of six wines (one bottle each) for people who are open to trying interesting, new wines but don't necessarily want to commit to a full case right away.
As with everything in our portfolio, these wines are from independent wineries where care is taken from vineyard to grape to bottle. Some of the wines are categorized as a "natural", meaning nothing is added or taken away during the growing of the grapes, or the making of the wine.
If you like them, some are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site.
Wine #1 Folias de Baco, 2019 UIVO Old Vinhas Velhas Reserva (Douro, Portugal)
A field blend of over 15 native white wine varieties - Gouveio, Viosinho, and Rabigato being the main ones - from +70 year-old vines (Vinhas Velhas means Old Vines) grown on hillside slopes in the upper Douro Valley. This is the 1st "natural" wine in the pack.
The grapes receive a 24-hour cold soak then pressed with no SO2 added at crush. Spontaneous fermentation in French oak and Chestnut barrels (new to 10 yrs old) with ambient yeasts, then ageing (same barrels and cement tanks) for 12 months on the fine lees. Not fined or filtered. Alc./vol.: 12.5%.
Our tasting note: Straw/gold colour. Tropical aromas and flavours of warm citrus nectarine, and apricot, with gentle notes of saffron, fennel, and anise. Medium-bodied, dry, ample acidity, well balanced, with a long, rich finish.
Pairing Suggestions: A wine to pair with grilled fish, shellfish, and strongly-flavoured vegetarian dishes.
In case you are wondering, UIVO (pronounced wee-voh) means “howl”, and has many connotations, including a reference to frequent wildlife visits in the vineyards, which includes foxes (see the label).
Wine #2 Finca Losada, 2017 Altos de Losada Godello (Bierzo, Spain)
Made from 100% Godello grapes from old, low-yielding vines from two vineyard sites in the mountains near San Lorenzo and San Esteban de Valdueza. This location and the predominantly slate soils give the wine the characteristic Atlantic personality. Grapes are hand-harvested with maximum vineyard selection. Vineyards are managed sustainably.
Pre-fermentation “cold-soak” for 24 hours, no pressed juice; the alcoholic fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled (under 12º), stainless-steel tanks. Eighty percent of the wine is aged for eight months on the lees, in a 2000 litre French-oak foudre. Fining with a gelatin-based agent; bottled unfiltered. 14.0% alc./vol.
Our tasting note: Pale straw colour, with golden tinges. Aromas and flavours of warm citrus (lemon curd), stone fruit, melon, and pear, with white flower and mineral notes. Elegant, full, and generous with great freshness and purity on the finish. This wine will age gracefully for at least 5 more years.
Pairing Suggestions: A great pairing with seafood (sushi or sashimi), Tuna, ceviche, oysters, tempura, freshwater fish, poultry and Asian-style pork dishes. Don’t serve too cold, and maybe even put it in a decanter to serve.
Wine #3 Gonzalez Bastias, 2020 Pais en Tinaja (Maule, Chile)
Made from 100% País grapes, handpicked from ancient vines grown in river bed and granitic soils on the banks of the Maule River. The vines are on original rootstock, head/goblet trained, and receive no irrigation. The vineyards are organic and free from all pesticides and herbicides. This is the 2nd "natural" wine in the pack.
Crushing/de-stemming is by hand using a "Zarada de Coligùe" (horizontal bamboo sticks), and fermentation is in open fermenters using native yeasts. Manual punch downs - 5-7 times per day - and no pressing after the fermentation is complete (only free-run juice).
The wine is aged for 12 months in an ancient - over 300 years old - clay amphora. The wine is bottled by hand, with no filtration. Approximately 6,600 bottles produced. 13.9% alc./vol; .075 gr/L total SO4; 1.44 gr/L RS.
Our tasting note: Bright, medium deep ruby colour. Aromas and flavours of plums, wild raspberry, and blueberry with slight floral notes. Balanced acidity, medium-bodied, and a long finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Versatile, pairs with many different types of sauces - spicy, sweet, sour etc. - on meats, earthier vegetables, and poultry.
Wine #4 Plaisance, 2018 Thibault "Le Pitchou" AOP (Fronton, France)
Made from 70% Négrette and 30% Syrah, handpicked from very low yielding vines (~30 Hl/Ha) from estate vineyards on some of the highest terraces of Tarn, in southwest France. This is the 3rd "natural" wine in the pack.
Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. Only natural yeasts present on the skin of the grapes at the time of the harvest are used to respect the typicity of the terroir and the grape. Each grape variety is vinified separately, and after the second racking the wines are put in barrels - 3rd and 4th passage to preserve the fruit. After about 18 months the blend is made and wine is bottled (unfined and unfiltered). Alc./vol.: 13.0%..
Our tasting note: Deep ruby/purple colour. Complex aromas and flavours of red fruits (raspberry and wild strawberry), plum and cassis, with spicy/black pepper notes. Medium-bodied, dry, good acidity, firm tannins, well balanced, with a long, finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Enjoy with grilled/braised meats, Cassoulet, and earthy-style vegetable dishes.
Wine #5 Logonovo, 2014 Logonovo (Tuscany, Italy)
The label shows the name of the estate itself, and not the wine, reflecting the decision to produce not a varietal wine but one which is the maximum expression of its terroir. It is a blend of Merlot (35%), Sangiovese (30%), Syrah (20%), Sagrantino (10%), and Petit Verdot (5%).
A selection of the grape bunches was carried out for each variety during the harvest, by hand, and the grapes were brought to the cellars in a refrigerated truck; the grapes blanketed with carbon dioxide for protection from oxidation. Once in the cellar, the grapes benefitted from a double selection: the first to eliminate bunches not suited to the quality objectives of the house, the second to discard imperfect berries and stray pieces of grape stems.
Fermentation – separate for each variety – took place in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with the employment, to assist extraction, both of pumping over of the cap of skins and delestage (rack and return) of the fermenting must. The period of skin contact lasted from 15 to 30 days, after which the skins were softly pressed. Malolactic fermentation took place in small barrels.
Aging – 12 months in total – took place in fine-grained French oak barrels (60 gallon) with medium toasting, a mix of new and previously used once. The wine was bottled without filtration. Total production: ~30,000 bottles.
Our Tasting Note: Deep, ruby-red colour, with slight purple tones. Aromas and flavours of dark, ripe fruit -- dark cherry, plum, black raspberry -- with smoky notes of dark chocolate, blueberry, and menthol. Balanced and rich, with firm tannins and a long, elegant finish. Alcohol: 14.5% alc./vol.
Pairing Suggestions: Enjoy with grilled/braised meats, charcuterie, and earthy-style vegetable dishes.
Wine #6 Latido de Sara, 2019 La Furgoneta que Miraba al Óribigo (Spain)
A Furgoneta is a van, and Sara and León found one abandoned on the family vineyards they were restoring. The name of the wine literally means "the van overlooking the River Órbigo", a river of some significance in the area of the vineyards.
The wine is made from 90% Mencia, 5% Garnacha Tintorera, and 5% Palomino grapes; hand-harvested from low-yielding vines grown on hillside slopes at an altitude of 820-850 metres. This is a limited production wine and only about 790 bottles were produced.
Grapes are destemmed, not crushed, and alcohol fermentation takes place in vertical, French-oak casks of 600L. Malolactic fermentation is in barrels, and the wine is aged for 9 months in 600L French oak barrels - 2nd use in the body and new oak for the tops. 13.5% alc./vol..
Our Tasting note: Bright, deep, ruby/black cherry colour with violet hues. Complex aromas and flavours of blueberry, wild raspberry, cherry, and plum, with notes of anise, vanilla spice, violets, and mocha. Medium- to full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins, and a smooth and elegant finish.
Pairing Suggestions: Grilled, braised, and roasted meat dishes (beef and lamb), rice dishes, and earthier vegetarian options.