Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia Reserva 2010
For nearly 150 years, four generations of the Lopez de Heredia family have devoted themselves to producing exceptional and unique wines. Combined with outstanding care in the vineyards and scrupulous selection of grapes, Lopez de Heredia’s winemaking brings us wines that are distinctive and full of heart.
Of the wide variety of wines produced here, Viña Tondonia is their most famous vineyard and product. Don Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta purchased the vineyard in 1913 which has since become known for its structured, complex fruit.
Though the grape make-up varies between vintages, this particular vintage is 75% Tempranillo, 15% Garnacho, and the rest a balance of Mazuelo and Graciano. These wines spend 6 years in French oak and even more in bottle which lend them developed tannins and smooth texture. It’s rich on the palate with notes of dried fruit and subtle baking spices.
Movia Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Located in the village of Ceglo in the heart of the Brda appellation, literally a stone’s throw from the Italian border, Movia has put Slovenia on the map of the world’s great wine regions. In the late 1990s, interest in wines grown in former Eastern Bloc states began to flourish. Movia’s current generation is led by winemaker Aleš Kristančič who’s known for his passionate embrace of biodynamic farming and his spirited personality. Today, Aleš grows a wide range of varietals including Rebula, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir — all without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or fungicides.
This Cabernet features classic tasting notes of dark fruits like blackberry & black currant with subtle earthiness and floral qualities. The tannins are fresh and elegant, their intensity is balanced.
RJ Viñedos Reunión Malbec 2021
“RJ Viñedos” was founded in 1998 by Raúl Jofré. The driving forces behind his creation were his life’s two biggest passions: wine, which he learned to love at a young age in a family with winemaking history, and his four daughters.
This single-vineyard estate wine is composed of 100% hand-harvested, sustainably farmed Malbec from the Los Sauces of Mendoza. The soils here are sandy and stony and the vines average 15 years of age. The wine spends 4 months in 70% French and 30% American barrels, all third-use. Reunión is a very expressive wine with ripe aromas of plum and cherry, round body, and fresh tannins.
Chateau Gloria Saint-Julien 2018
Created by Henri Martin, who was born not far from the estate, the Chateau Gloria is unique in having been built up piece by piece over several years through the purchase of parcels. It’s relatively young compared to some of its neighboring Left Bank peers, but the Martin family’s roots in Bordeaux can be traced back to the 1600s. Today, Gloria is managed by Jean Louis Triaud who is also responsible for managing their sister estate, Chateau Saint-Pierre.
In 2022, the 50-hectare vineyard began conversion to biodynamic farming. Chateau Gloria produces softer, more elegant style reds that are often ready to drink not long after release but can also aging well. The 2018 vintage was made from a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot 8% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc. Tasting notes include red & black currants, forest earth tones, and tobacco.
Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
In the late 1950s, pioneering vintner Joe Heitz ushered in Napa’s modern era with his globally celebrated wines, including Napa Valley’s first vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon: the Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard. Decades of the Heitz family’s dedication to viticulture, stewardship, and classic winemaking maintained the winery’s notoriety as a benchmark amongst its peers in California and Europe.
In 2018, Heitz Cellar entered a new chapter as operations were passed into the hands of the Lawrence family, whose roots in agriculture and commitment to fine winemaking made it a perfect match. The wines are made from 100% organically-farmed Napa Valley fruit and a commitment to sustainability.
The wine we’re featuring is their entry level Cabernet Sauvignon, which is full-bodied with a wide range of fruit notes both dark and vibrant. Perfect level of oakiness with an acidity that balances its smooth tannins.
David & Nadia Grenache 2020
David & Nadia Sadie are a married duo from Swartland, South Africa making refined, elegant wines despite being relatively new to winemaking. Both have traveled the world to gain viticultural experience everywhere from Australia to Bordeaux. Their first wine was released in 2010 while they were still employed at their previous jobs. By 2016, their time was fully committed to the cellar and it’s been a family affair ever since. Nadia manages the vineyard & viticulture, practicing organic and avoiding herbicides. Together, they’ve established one of the highest-regarded wineries in Swartland.
This bottle contains Grenache farmed from 4 different sites within Swartland, which extends along most of South Africa’s West coast. 60% of grapes were fermented and aged in 500L concrete vats, the rest in 700L French oak barrels for a year. After crushing the grapes, of which 60% were in whole clusters, the juice stayed on skins for 4 weeks before fermentation.
Tenuta di Valgiano Colline Lucchesi Rosso 2018
Tenuta di Valgiano is the gateway to a different Tuscany. The wines of Valgiano are true “terroir” wines—wines that once you taste them, inspire a feeling that you’re hearing an exciting new language. The estate’s 40 acres of vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic, protected by nearly 200 acres of forestland. Owners/winemakers Moreno Petrini and Laura di Collobiano would have it no other way—for them, the honest soul of Valgiano must be present in each bottle.
“Palistorti di Valgiano,” named after the crooked posts found at the end of each row of vines, is a blend of 70% Sangiovese, 20% Syrah & Merlot, 10% Ciliegiolo, Canaiolo & Colorino, all classic Tuscan varietals. The grapes are hand-harvested and fermented on indigenous yeasts in small, open-top wooden containers. Punch downs are delicate. It’s aged in older French oak barrels for 12 months, then in cement vats for another six months before bottling. Unfined and unfiltered, with minimal sulfur.
Domaine le Couroulu Vacqueyras 2019
Domaine le Couroulu can be found in the Southern Rhone village of Vacqueyras, situated between Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape. Founded in 1928 and still owned by the Ricard family, they’re known for producing some of the most full-bodied Vacqueyras and other wines from their 20 hectares of old Grenache and Syrah vines. The estate is named for the Curlew bird, which is known in Provencal dialect as Couroulu: this bird is the signature emblem on the Domaine’s labels. Winemaker Guy Ricard, who represents the third generation, is one of the Rhone’s most passionate and pleasant personalities which are reflected in his generous and engaging wines.
The Vacqueyras Cuvee 2018 is mostly Grenache with ~25% Syrah while the remainder is Mourvedre, subject to change annually. It undergoes a (relatively long) 20-day maceration period and is aged in large oak casks for two years before bottling. Expect a robust and spicy palate featuring ample fruit, a rich body, and smooth tannins.