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Azienda Agricola Ronchi Barbaresco 2019

 

For more than four generations the Rocca family has lived in their family-built home surrounded by the vines of the ‘Ronchi’ cru in Barbaresco, sitting 960 ft above sea level. The vineyards are part of the family; winemaker Giancarlo Rocca can walk from his cellar door to his Nebbiolo vines in less than a minute. The natural landscape of their estate perfectly captures sun, pushing Nebbiolo to ideal ripeness in a stunningly picturesque setting.

 

Needless to say all work is performed by hand, and as sustainably as possible. No herbicides or pesticides are used. Grapes are harvested by hand from the eastern edge of the appellation and destemmed. This Barbaresco was fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks before aging in Slavonian oak casks for 2 years. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered. Aromas of black cherries, licorice, game, light smoke; full-bodied and concentrated yet balanced, with moderate tannins and good length. Suggested pairings include grilled red meat, pork sausage, and dishes using mushrooms.

Anita & Hans Nitthaus Blauer Zweigelt

 

Burgenland is Austria’s easternmost wine region, bordering Hungary along its entire eastern flank. The northern sector of Burgenland is dominated by Lake Neusiedl (or Neusiedlersee), Europe’s largest steppe lake. The Nittnaus family has resided on the edge of Neusiedlersee since 1684. Today, third-generation Hans Nittnaus and his wife Anita helm the winery his grandfather Johann began in 1927. After taking over from his father in 1985, in the aftermath of the well-publicized diethylene glycol scandal which (despite being perpetrated by only a few large wineries) so damaged Austrian wine’s reputation abroad, Hans was resolutely determined to claw out respect for the wines of his homeland.


Hans & Anita are regarded today as influential pioneers of contemporary Burgenland’s dynamic wine scene, among the greatest growers in all of Austria. Their two sons Andreas and Martin, as well as their niece Lydia, are fully involved in the day-to-day operations of the winery, and the two generations approach their work in a collaborative spirit. Theirs are the wines of seasoned masters who have learned over years of experience how to produce wines that taste precisely and proudly of where they are from. Nittnaus’ spectacular Zweigelt spends 12 months aging in used 500-liter oak casks from the renowned Stockinger cooperage, and is bottled with minimal sulfur. This delivers plenty of concentration and tension on its modest 12.5%-alcohol frame, with spicy purple fruits and a beam of lifted acidity.

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.

Schiavenza Barolo Prapò

 

Schiavenza is located in Serralunga d'Alba in the heart of Piedmont's Langhe district. In 1956, brothers Vittorio and Ugo Alessandria founded the estate. Formerly, both the estate and surrounding area were part of the Opera Pia Barolo (picture a castle that is part educational institution and part hospital) whose vineyards were worked by sharecroppers. The local dialect for sharecropping is schiavenza. Today, the estate is run by the second-generation Alessandria sisters, Enrica and Maura, and their husbands Luciano Pira and Walter Anselma. They have holdings in Serralunga with a very small plot in Monforte d’Alba, and include the heralded crus Prapò, Cerretta, and Broglio.

 

Schiavenza has 0.9 hectares in the Prapò cru, which equates to roughly 2 acres. They get prime southeast exposure, showcasing the best of the vines that were planted in 1993. Of all their crus, this is the one in which the soil is most representative of Serralunga: its high percentage of light-colored limestone naturally limits yields and results in wines that are rugged in nature but never aggressive; they are beautifully made with the perfect level of restraint and harmony.

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.

Leeu Passant Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon

 

The Leeu Passant wines celebrate the rich history of South African wine. Using the Cape’s wine heritage dating back to the 17th Century as inspiration, Chris & Andrea Mullineux partnered with Analjit Singh to deconstruct the venerable Cape wines, retain their best components, and reconstruct them in a direct and minimalist way whilst respecting tradition. Leeu Passant makes it obvious that South African vineyards can produce classic, authentic, and age worthy wines, which they honor with their modern interpretation.

 

Production of the Leeu Passant wines is based at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek Valley, a small winemaking region nearing the Southern border of South Africa, not far from the Atlantic Ocean. This particular wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on some of Stellenbosch’s coolest sites, specifically including mountainous and steep-sloped geography. Expect a cool-toned version of the classic bold red that we all know and love. This wine provides ample structure and tannin while maintaining balance with a sense of lift on the palate. The fruit here is complex and bright, an excellent wine to reach for as an highly versatile pairing for most beef, pork, duck, and many more.

Dautel Estate Pinot Noir

 

Few have tried or even knew of Pinot Noir that comes from Germany, but Dautel is an excellent place to start. The Dautel family is a leading producer with grape growing history going back 500 years. Like many estates, the previous story was one of mixed agriculture. Reformation in the region dictated that property be divided between all children; parcels of vineyard land got increasingly smaller with each passing generation. Co-ops were founded and came to dominate the area, the idea being that the smaller plots of land could be reunited through production rather than ownership. Ernst Dautel was the first generation in his family to attend winemaking school in Geisenheim in the 1970s. When he returned home he decided to stop working with the coop, despite being one of its founding members. Ernst didn’t want to “throw his fruit in with all the rest and get some bad quality wine out of it.” He then became one of the first producers in the Württemberg to estate bottle wines. His eldest son Christian attended Geisenheim just as he did. Today, Christian farms four Grand Cru sites. He is a thoughtful winemaker with a huge amount of respect for what his father accomplished and sees no need to tear down the work that has been done by making abrupt changes.

 

Dautel’s goal is to bring out the specific character of each terroir without losing the inherent flavor of the grape variety planted to each vineyard. Wines are not made by formula, but by taking into account the feeling for each site and variety. Their wines showcase pure varietal characteristics while also being simply fun to drink.

Fabien Jouves Amphore Malbec

 

Fabien Jouves’ family has a long history farming grapes in Cahors. The 6-generation family Domaine is located in Causses, literally meaning limestone plateaus, on the appellation's highest slopes. His first vintage as the vigneron was in 2006. He initially intended to become a doctor, when in the early 2000s his parents were struggling with the Domaine and planned to sell it. He chose to help his parents and enrolled into the prestigious École du Vin de Bordeaux. Over the weekends, Fabien would drive to Cahors to take care of the vines. Upon graduation, he became the head of the estate and immediately embarked to convert the viticulture to biodynamic. He says that when you work naturally in the vineyard and cellar, wine is the incarnation of the emotion of a winegrower, which is magical. Conversion began in 2004, and Demeter certified the estate biodynamic in 2011.

 

With the aim of showcasing the noble Malbec variety, he has made Fabien Jouves Amphore. This variety is difficult to master but, when well cultivated, it provides unrivalled elegance and delicacy.Once the grapes have been harvested by hand, as the name of the Fabien Jouves Amphore wine indicates, it is vinified in 100 to 800 litre amphoras. These containers are made from ferruginous limestone found at 350 metres above sea level. Fermentation takes place spontaneously with native yeasts and then rests on its own lees before bottling, without clarifying or filtering and with less than 30 mg of SO2. Amphore is a superb natural Malbec and between rigorous selection of plots, long fermentations on lees, and even in the shape of the bottle, the results are stunning.