The list below is by no means our full inventory, but rather, is our menu of featured wines of the week, to help you select. When you call to order, we can discuss inventory not listed here, as well as guide you through our spirits.
***Denotes new wines for the week of November 27, 2020
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Red Wine $15 and under
***Domaine De La Madone Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2020 – Creamy, black cherry and blackberry notes show hints of mocha, licorice and herb in this smooth, light-bodied red, with the subtle tannins. Perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving turkey, poultry, salads, and cheeses.
Malacari Montepulciano Rocca 2016 – A deep, lush wine with dark cherry, blackberry, coffee, pepper, spice and earth flavors. Great value!
The Stump Jump Shiraz 2017 – The bouquet of this wine is open and fruit-driven displaying an abundance of red and black fruits, mixed with subtle touches of spice and earthiness. The three varieties of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvedre coexist in perfect harmony resulting in sweet juicy red fruits on the palate and a balanced wine of great length and depth.
Les Hérétiques Pays d’hérault 2019 – 100% Carignan from Minervois in the Languedoc. Robust, with firm tannins, ripe, pure, peppery dark berry fruit, and fresh acidity. Clean and exuberant!
Dr Loosen Bros. Riesling 2019 – This top-selling Loosen Bros. Riesling embodies the delicate and racy characteristics of traditional Mosel vineyards at a very affordable price for everyday enjoyment. It is a bright, vibrant, fruit-driven wine, with a juicy mid-palate and a crisp, drying finish.
Viña Zorzal Garnacha 2019 – A juicy and cheerful wine that goes well with paella or stewed chicken. This old-vine Garnacha offers red and dark fruits with a smoky minerality. Medium-bodied with a grippy finish. 100% Garnacha from over 100 year-old vines.
Calea Nero d’Avola 2019 – The new vintage of this HWM favorite is back and as good as ever. Fresh red fruits, spice and great acid for lip-smacking, food friendly interest.
White & Rosé $15 and under
***Broadbent Dao White 2019 – This Portuguese white is alive with fresh lemon, lime, orange zest, green apple, fresh white peach, lemon verbena, and tarragon on the nose, along with orange oil, white spring blossoms, and hay. On the palate, the wine is dry and medium-bodied with refreshing acidity, and a mouthwatering citrus-driven finish.
Alpha Zeta Soave 2019 – A bright, fresh wine with delicate almond blossom and citrus aromas and soft orchard fruit flavors making it the perfect aperitif or easy to enjoy with light salads, fish, and fusion food. 100% Garganega. Sustainably farmed.
La Teuf Gascogne Blanc 2019 – 100% Gros Manseng from Gascony, in Southwest France. A mouthwatering, bodied, dry, no-oak white, brimming with fresh citrus flavor.
Teres Antique Les Secrets D’un Terroir Rosé 2019 – A light, mineral driven patio sipper from Provence, with hints of citrus and red berries. Clean, fresh and quaffable.
Domaine Gadais Muscadet 2018 – Bone-dry, Loire valley white. Deliciously briny, lean and crisp, it is a natural pairing with seafood, particularly oysters and shrimp.
Scopa Pinot Grigio 2019 – Saline and bright and not sweet in the slightest. Delicious, lip-smacking and racy.
Broadbent Vinho Verde – This white shows floral fruit, lime, and green freshness on the nose and palate. Overall, it’s lightly effervescent with zippy acidity; you’ll want to have a plate of shellfish on hand when you open this wine.
Il Forte Gavi 2018 – 100% Cortese from Piedmont. Balanced, mineral and smooth textured with delicate hints of green apple, lemon and almonds.
Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Juicy and dry, this is quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Like biting into a fresh grapefruit.
Red $20 and under
Michel Guignier Beaujolais 2019 – Guignier’s 2019 Beaujolais bursts with aromas of Morello cherries, sweet berries and toasted almonds, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate that’s succulent and enveloping. Produced from certified organic vineyards, this is a great value!
UIVO Pinto Noir Reserva 2014 – This youthful and organic Portuguese Pinot Noir is lightly perfumed with notes of fresh red fruits and wet stones on the palate.
La Manarine Cotes du Rhone 2019 – A 100% Grenache Rosenthal classic. Plush, comforting, full-bodied wine that speaks of the garrigue of the region.Bacchus ‘Ginger’s Cuvée’ Pinot Noir 2018 – Light-to-medium bodied and extremely fresh with expressive raspberry fruit, baking spice and a silky texture.
Pietramore Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – Back in time for your holiday snacking and charcuterie needs, this biodynamically produced Montepulciano is one of our best finds in a long time. It is packed with red currant and blackberry, robust but ripe tannins, exotic spices and a bit of tobacco. This wine sees no oak so all you get is pure fruit goodness. Pair with cured meats or pizza.
Santa Julia Innovation 2019 – An elegant and smooth red wine with flavors of blackberries and spice and complex aromas of marmalade and red fruits. Sustainably farmed grapes and vegan friendly, this red blend is 70% Tempranillo and 30% Malbec.
Domaine Altugnac Pinot Noir 2018 – Vibrant and lean with fresh red berry fruit flavors, soft tannins and a moderate finish.
Poppy Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – NEW Vintage! Berry, black cherry and currant flavors with hints of vanilla and mocha thanks to a year in small French oak barrels. Well-balanced, medium-full bodied and a smooth, easy finish.
Puszta Libre! – A wild yet lively and very drinkable red wine blend from Austria that’s made from Saint Laurent and Zweigelt. Delicate tannins and a vibrant red and black berried fruit character make this an excellent wine for the table. Drinks well with a slight chill.
Chidaine Touraine Rouge 2018 – Just barely medium-bodied Loire Valley red blend of Cot (Malbec), Cabernet Franc and Pineau d’Aunis. From biodynamically farmed vines. Great with a little chill – juicy, spicy and slightly floral with great character and freshness. Bright acidity makes it racy and excellent with or without food.
Paulucci La Posta Malbec 2018 – Harmonious and expressive, clean and young, with good freshness, varietal aromas of violets and wild berries with just a spicy and smoky twist. This wine is very tasty and serious with a dry finish.
Powers Merlot 2015 – Dark toned fruit, with hints of vanilla and cedar. Fulled bodied and lifted with medium tannins and a long, complex finish.
White, Rosé & Orange $20 and under
***Celler Credo ‘Miranius’ 2019 – Refreshing aromas of light citrus, white pears, almond blossom, and warm herbal notes of thyme and fennel. On the palate, it has surprising volume for the price. This wine is refined, fresh, showing remarkable liveliness, and good acidity. 100% Xarel-lo. Biodynamic.
***Ferrando ‘La Torrazza’ 2019 – Green, flinty and fresh, this wine is bone dry, and mineral-driven with subtle notes of citrus rind, green apple skin, and a touch of white blossom and honey on the nose. A Rosenthal import from Piedmont, this wine is made of 100% sustainably grown erbaluce bianca grapes.
Collestefano Verdicchio 2019 – From Marche, on Italy’s Adriatic side, this wine is steely, racy, clean, bright, and organic, with notes of green apple, pear, lemon peel, and fresh lime zest.
‘Aransat’ Orange 2019 – Delicious skin-contact wine from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Made in Friuli, Italy, this affordable orange wine offers subtle nutty, peach and savory tea notes.
Il Chiaretto Rose 2019 – Fruity aromas of berries with a hint of flowers on the nose. The bright flavors on the palate offer juicy strawberry and cherry-like notes.
Weszeli ‘Langenlois’ Gruner Veltliner 2018 – It’s back! From Austria’s Kamptal region, organically grown, elegant and incredibly food-friendly, with chalky minerality and savory white pepper notes.
Domaine de Grisy Bourgogne Blanc 2019 – Just barely medium-bodied, with subtly creamy apple/citrus notes, chalky minerality and lean acidity and a long, savory spiced finish.
Chateau La Rame Bordeaux Blanc 2019 – A crisp and clean blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with mouth-filling fruit and minerality and a refreshing, easy, round finish.
Boundary Breaks Chardonnay 2019 – The Finger Lakes region has a climate similar to that of the Chablis region of France, providing Chardonnays from this area with a bracing acidity that give them a refreshing, clean quality.
Santa Barbara Winery Chardonnay 2018 – Bodied and ripe with flavors of roasted apple, creamy lemon, and honey butter, with a streak of fresh acidity for a lively balance.
Red $30 and under
Bloomer Creek Cabernet Franc 2017 – Leaner fruit, heightened minerality, low “green” influence and plenty of earth. This small, family-run vineyard is a direct expression of owner Kim Engle’s and his wife and artist, Debra Bermingham’s, passion for the beauty of the Finger Lakes region and it’s potential to produce world class wines.
***Arnot Roberts Sonoma Coast Syrah 2018 – The perfect interplay of fruit density and energy, the 2018 is somehow rich and yet also light on its feet. A rush of blackberry, blueberry, black pepper, sage and mint builds in a racy, super-expressive Syrah that hits all the right notes.
***Guímaro Vino Tinto 2018 – This un-oaked, Ribeira Sacra tinto is all about immediate pleasure with pure, lush red fruits, spices, and slate-laden minerality. A savory wine to pair with all kinds of foods, but especially spicy tapas or a roast pork. Practicing organic.
***Domaine Brusset Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne Les Travers 2018 – A full-bodied blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% each Carignan and Mourvèdre, this wine offers silky tannins, and notes of blackcurrant, cherry and a dusting of cocoa, pepper and spice on the long finish.
***David Trousselle Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune En Cre 2019 – Lifted and lacy with crunchy fruit and an unbeatable price point, this lovely Pinot Noir from Côtes de Beaune is the perfect crowd-pleaser for the holidays. Practicing organic.
***Villa Sant’Anna Rosso di Montepulciano 2016 – Delicate aromas evoking underbrush, plum, new leather and blue flower shape the nose on this linear red. On the ethereal, graceful palate, bright acidity and agile tannins lightly support sour cherry, orange zest and star anise before a tangy finish.
Populis Reversée 2019 – Your favorite chillable red is back! A light red blend made in partnership with Les Lunes Wine. Super juicy and fruity on the palette, with just a touch of tannins, this wine pairs perfectly with lighter meats and richer fish.
S&B Borgogno Nebbiolo d’Alba 2016 – 100% Nebbiolo grown in sandy marl and clay soils in Castellinaldo and Diano d’Alba. Elegant and balanced on the palate with flavors of red fruit, plum, blackberries and tobacco.
Fontaine-Gagnard Passetoutgrain Rouge 2018 – Rustic with a refreshing finish this Burgundian red is a 50/50 blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir. There are touches of pepper and earth on the fresh and ripe red and dark raspberry and violet-scented nose.
Fronsac La Sacristie 2015 – As with most ‘Right Bank’ Bordelaise blends-this wine is made up of predominantly Merlot with a splash each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. This wine is a classic example of Right Bank work, embodying some elegant structural and earthy elements of a fine Saint-Emillion.
Calabretta Cala Cala Rosso – Cala Cala means “gulp gulp” in Sicilian dialect, apt for this organically grown blend of Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccino from the slopes of Mount Etna. Hints of spicy cherries, licorice and clove with Etna’s peppery signature terrior.
Chateau Grand Corbin-Despagne Petit Corbin-Despagne, Saint-Emilion 2015 – Merlot and Cabernet Franc make up this claret, and it is a stunner for its freshness and bright, classic flavors. The nose is very expressive of red and black fruits. The tannins are smooth and the finish is tasty and refined.
Januik Columbia County Merlot 2017 – This multi-layered Merlot brings finesse and power to play, mixing black fruits with veins of coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of pepper. Small percentages of Cabernets Sauvignon and Franc add muscle, but Merlot is the star here, firm and persistent.
Yves Cuilleron Syrah ‘Les Vignes d’a Cote’ 2019 – This wine is Cuilleron’s entry-level Syrah from the northern Rhône, however it is far from entry-level in quality. Lovely notes of crushed black currant and violets abound in this very pretty Syrah, and the wine exhibits a fine balance between lush fruit and good acidity.
Idlewild Flora and Fauna Red 2019 – A light, bright expression of 60% Dolcetto, 35% Barbera and 5% Nebbiolo, this offers tones of wild strawberry and dark cherry, uplifted by tenacious acidity. It changes in the glass to show complexity and verve, with a splash of tannin on the finish.
Felsina ‘Berardenga’ Chianti Classico 2017 – 100% Sangiovese. Sumptuous and powerful with fresh, dark berry fruit. Balanced tannins and great structure.
COS Frapatto 2018 – Frapatto is often referred to as Sicily’s Beaujolais. Light and bright with layers of complexity. Think raspberries, orange peel and sweet and savory spices.
Emilio Moro Ribera del Duero 2017 – Made from 100% Tempranillo grapes, this wine shows densely packed fruit flavors and a hint of cedar and spice, with a long, plush finish.
Wenzel Blaufränkisch 2018 – Medium-bodied, with great character. Flavors of juicy black raspberries and plums with hints of hibiscus and tarragon. Fine tannins, wildly elegant and drinkable.
Beckmen Vineyards Cuvee Le Bec, Santa Ynez Valley 2018 – This Rhone-style blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise is an exceptional value for the quality. It displays deep aromas of berries, violet and lavender. Full bodied with dark tones of blackberry, dark cherry and spice it exudes a surprisingly vibrant freshness.
White, Rosé & Orange $30 and under
***Pojer E Sandri Chardonnay 2018 –Coming from high altitude vineyards, this wine is brimming with fresh and fragrant aromas of golden apple, musk, hay and flint with sharp tropical accents on the finish. Fresh, sapid, direct and clean on the palate, this Italian Chardonnay is intense and persistent.
***Clos Des Rocs Pouilly Loche Les 4 Saisons Blanc 2017 – This white burgundy comes from two parcels in the Maconnais that are both 40 years of age and sit on clay soils. The wine is clean, crisp, and expansive on the palate with an intense minerality, bright acidity and fine aromatics.
***Domaine Brana ‘Ilori’ Les Jonquilles Blanc 2015 – The Irouleguy Blanc “Ilori” is a blend of 50% Gros Manseng and 50% Petit Courbu.
***Zarate Albarino 2019 – A total stunner of an Albarino from a reference-point producer, this is a highly textural, mineral wine with a gravelly granitic mouth feel, overlaid with apple florals and grapefruit zing. Aromatics and texture are beautifully matched: pretty jasmine, elderflower, granny smith, lime zest and a zippy acidity.
Pigato Riviera Ligure di Ponente “Majè” 2019 – The nose opens with intense floral aromas, enriched with hints of yellow peach, cedar and notes of Mediterranean scrub. On the palate it is savory, fresh and elegant. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to raw fish and seafood.
Umathum Rosa Rosé 2019 – Brilliant raspberry colored, Austrian rosé made from Blaufankisch, Sankt Laurent and Zweigelt with flavors of red berries, red currants and spice. Fine and smooth with a long finish.
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Vino Blanco 2018 – This un-oaked Godello from Guímaro is fresh, aromatic, and wonderful to pair with any seafood dishes.
Pittnauer ‘Perfect Day’ 2019 – ‘Perfect Day’ is an orange wine for every occasion. The unique blend of separately fermented Chardonnay, Muscat, Gruner Veltliner, and Traminer creates a balanced, easy drinking, skin-contact white with just a touch of tannin to give it some structure. The palate is clean, like biting into a perfectly ripe nectarine with a touch of white grapefruit, lemon pith and savory, wet stone finish.
Domaine Giachino Monfarina 2019 – 100% Jacquère, this wine evokes the intense aroma of tropical fruits such as passion fruit and litchi combined with the mineral quality of citrus and blackcurrant, with a rounded flavor that lingers on the palate.
Domaine Pelle Menetou-Salon Morogues 2018 – A neighbor of Sancerre, from chalky soils. Crisp and fresh, with a fine core of fruit, and a long, complex and very classy finish.
Sylvain Bailly Terroirs Sancerre 2019 – Truly exceptional Sauvignon Blanc from select parcels around the village of Bue. Medium bodied with bold acidity and pristine mineral notes from the chalky soils.
Kabaj Sivi Pinot 2016 – This orange wine from Goriska Brda, Slovenia, is made by Frenchman Jean-Michel Morel from Pinot Gris grapes. Complex, mineral and nutty with notes of stone fruit, brioche, tea and spice.
Craggy Range Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc 2019 – Lychee, grapefruit, nectarine, lime blossom and tropical fruit nuances on a crisp, clean, powerful yet elegant, balanced palate. Made from 100% estate fruit (very rare in NZ SB). This is a first class wine from New Zealand.
Ryme Hers Vermentino 2019 – With its bracing coastal energy, “Hers” speaks of the wild Mediterranean: apricots, bitter orange blossoms and violet-tipped artichokes basking in the sun.
Chateau Brézé Arnaud Lambert Clos de Midi Saumur Blanc 2019 – Loire Valley Chenin Blanc. Sourced from the base of the chateau’s hill where it is the coolest. Racy yet with an elegant, silky texture. Notes of crisp pears, orange peel and herbs. Stunning.
Donnhoff Trocken Riesling 2019 – This completely dry, highly aromatic and elegant riesling shows plenty of green apple and pears layered with a crisp mineral finish.
Alzinger Durnstein Gruner Veltliner 2019 – Floral nose of lemon blossoms, sweet pea, clover, apple skin and wet stone. The palate is lithe and racy, even agile, with notes of preserved lemon, tart apple, and underripe white peach culminating in a lingering, mouthwatering, and pleasingly bittersweet finish.
Domaine Trapet Riesling Riquewihr 2016 – From biodynamically farmed vineyards in Alsatian villages of Riquewihr and Beblenheim, this zippy and fresh crowd-pleaser has floral and stony aromas with notes of lemon and a lovely, balanced minerality.
Los Bermejos Diego Seco 2018 – A high-acid, mineral driven Canary Island native variety. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Organic, dry refreshing, briny and crisp.
Presqu’ile Chardonnay 2018 – Elegant, mineral, no-oak Chardonnay from Santa Barbara. Stone fruit, green apple, flavors. Complex, balanced and expressive.
Keuka Lake Vignoles 2016 – Clean and crisp, with lip smacking flavors of lime zest, grapefruit and stony minerality from New York states Keuka Lake Vineyards located 60 miles south of Rochester.
Viteadovest Vurgo Bianco, Terre Siciliane IGP 2018 — Dark yellow-orange in the glass. Aromas of iron, dried hay, bruised apple and cedar are followed by flavors of dusty earth, lightly toasted nuts, iron, bruised apple and apricots. A blend of Catarratto and Grillo, this wine is light in tannins with a juicy acidity that makes for a clean finish.
Red Wine $30++
***La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Reserva 2012 – The nose stands out for its fresh, spicy character, with hints of sweet cherries, red currants, ripe strawberries and notes of black pepper, sweet liquorice, nutmeg, coffee, mocha, and cinnamon. Intense and well-balanced, with a soft freshness, good structure, delicately elegant tannins and silky finish. ($42)
***San Fereolo Dogliani 2012 – The Dolcetto here is sourced from parcels found in prime positions, as well as the oldest vines of the estate. Fresh mineral notes, mint, licorice and savory elements. ($38)
***Bechtold Pinot Noir ‘S’ 2017 – Pinot Noir from Steinklotz- the northernmost grand cru in Alsace. Fermented naturally and with 50% whole clusters, the “S” spends two winters in used 600- liter barrels and is bottled with minimal sulfur, no fining nor filtration. ($42)
***Chateau Simone Palette Rouge 2011 – Those of you who know Simone realize that the red, a tenacious but ultimately elegant wine, is an equal, rather than dominant, partner to their striking rosé. Like the rosé, it is a blend primarily of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Cinsault but there are pockets of old-growth vines of Syrah, Manosquin, Castet, Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon and Muscat Noir that add to the stunning complexity of these wines. Biodynamic. ($50)
***Ridge Lytton Estate Petit Sirah 2017 – Crushed red and purple wildflowers, blueberries, cassis and leaves, all intermingled. This has a superbly juicy array of fresh and succulent dark plums and blackberries and delivers it all in effortlessly attractive mode. 94% Petite Sirah and 6% Zinfandel. . ($47)
***Ridge ‘East Bench’ Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2018 – ‘East Bench’ Zinfandel is one of the few 100% Zinfandels that Ridge makes. Raspberry, fig with notes of vanilla on the nose. Flavors of plum and black olive give way to well coated tannins and black olive in the lingering finish. ($35)
Laely Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 – Cassis expresses the base of the aroma followed by both ripe and dried cherries with some subtle cigar box notes. The palate is very supple and ripe with cherry vanilla, sweet black cherry, leather and light allspice. The finish is long and the wine responds very well to decanting. Biodynamic. ($34)
Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Woody, herbal and elegantly structured, this wine is high-toned and freshly layered in bold red fruit. Given time in the barrel and the bottle, it shows its graceful edges and nuanced elegance with ease, finishing in dusty crushed rock. It vastly overdelivers on its price point. ($70)
Barbaresco ‘Rabajà – Bas’ Castello di Verduno 2016 – An intense, full-bodied, Piedmontese Nebbiolo rich in aromas of red-skinned fruits, new leather, withered flowers, eucalyptus, licorice, menthol, and dark spices. The savory palate is still young but already boasts succulent red cherry, crushed raspberry, star anise and clove while taut, refined tannins and bright acidity provide finesse and freshness. ($64)
Olga Raffault Chinon, Les Picasses 2015 – Aromas of morello cherry, red currant, blackberry and prune with hints of licorice, earth and black pepper. The palate shows silky tannins and sappy red and black fruits with chalky minerals and a firm acidity. Earthy prune, plum and cherry fruits linger in the long finish. 100% Cabernet Franc.
Domaine de L’Iserand Malsert Syrah 2018 – This juicy, easy-drinking Syrah grows in granite, mica, and schist soils and is aged in a combination of fiberglass and concrete. Fruit-forward, vibrant, and thirst-quenching– a true porch pounder!
Domaine Gour de Chaule Gigondas 2016 – Layers of dark fruit, earth and deep meaty flavors thanks to a blend of smoky Syrah and powerful Grenache fruit.
Turley Juvenile Zinfandel 2018 – Sets the standard for classic California Zinfandel. Fragrant, bright, vibrant pepper and spice with lovely lifted red fruits, satiating acidity and a hint of blue fruits as well. This wine will drink well right out of the gate and conveys a real sense of energy on the palate. ($34)
Stephane Tissot Arbois Rouge 2018 – A blend of Trousseau, Poulsard and Pinot from the Jura’s great biodynamic producer. Elegant, earthy & light, with enticing texture & black fruit notes, this deft red is perfect for the dog days. ($45)
Sky Vineyards Zinfandel Mount Veeder 2013 – The bouquet is pure, soil-driven and complex showing a blend of black raspberries, spit-roasted game, fine mountain soil tones, cigar smoke and exotic spices. Full-bodied with a lovely core of fruit, moderate tannins, tangy acids and great focus and grip on the complex and very, very promising finish. Although it is quite approachable today, this Zinfandel will age long and gracefully.
Mayard ‘Clos du Calvaire’ Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2018 – Unpretentious, a pure expression of a true Châteauneuf du Pape. This is a fine traditional wine with an aroma of red berries and an intense liquorice bouquet, elegantly structured, full-bodied and rich on the palate.
Pierre Morey Monthelie Rouge 2017 – A dry, earthy, full bodied, rustic red by Pierre Morey, living legend of Burgundy and former winemaker and vineyard manager for the famed Domaine Leflaive. ($58)
Danilo Thomain Enfer D’Arvier Vallée D’Aoste 2018 – Rosenthal import made from the Petit Rouge grape. Compelling rusticity with wild berry fruit and lively freshness.
San Fereolo ‘Il Provinciale’ Langhe Nebbiolo 2015 – Nicoletta Bocca makes this biodynamic wine with Nebbiolo fruit from Serralunga d’Alba and Dogliani. Dry and intense, great character and terror. Deep, powerful and dark toned with grippy tannins.
Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo 2010 – Deep and nuanced with great freshness. Dusty red cherries, blood orange, nutmeg and spices.
Raul Perez La Poulosa Lomas de Valtuille Bierzo 2016 – From the Mencia grape varietal, generous, approachable and expressive with bramble fruits and lovely underlying acidity.
Nikalas Marani Budeshuri 2018 – Georgian, aged in qvevri (underground clay casks), made from a clone of the red Saperavi grape. Peppery and bright with strawberry and plum fruit flavors and just a little smoky barnyard. Great with a chill.
Domaine Eden Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 – The little sister of Mount Eden. Black plum, dusty herbs, and wood spice with incredible structure and elegance. ($55)
Weingut Roterfaden Pinot Noir 2018 – Natural, small production, light, dry, Austrian Pinot Noir. Pure strawberry fruit with hints of white pepper.
Benedicte et Stephane Tissot, Arbois Poulsard 2018 – This bio-dynamic blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir from the Jura is a perfect summer red and will leave you wanting more. ($54)
Paolo Bea Rosso de Veo 2015 – Pure Sagrantino, from the highest point in Montefalco. Tannic and bold with layers and layers of interest and flavor–sandalwood spice, mineral-saturated depth, crunchy dark berries, and on and on, from the Bea family in Umbria. ($74)
White & Rosé Wine $30++
***Chateau Le Puy ‘Rose-Marie’ Rosé 2018 – The rare and delicious ‘Rose-Marie’ is a rosé in the style of Chateau Simone, offering transformative, age-worthy qualities that few rosés do. Le Puy is able to provide soft texture with bright, herb-tinged red fruits, and a powerful underlying sense of chalk. This wine will challenge one’s notion of what rosé can be in the best and most satisfying way imaginable. Biodynamic. ($64)
***Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 – Balanced with aromatics that straddle the line between richness and brightness, this wine gives off a highly perfumed bouquet of fresh citrus and orchard fruits, dusty minerals, white flowers, and a hint of chamomile. On the palate this Chardonnay begins with a generous texture and closes with a vibrant finish.
Montlouis ‘Clos Michet’, Domaine de la Taille Aux Loups [Jacky Blot] – 100% Chenin Blanc from renowned vintner, Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, located on the southern bank of the Loire. ($39)
Domaine Pattes Loup ‘Vent d’Ange’ Chablis 2018 – Thomas Pico, the young, passionate winemaker of Pattes Loup, is producing very groundbreaking, rich and luscious Chablis from 55+ year old vines. Not your typical Chablis but amazing nonetheless, his wines exemplify the essence of Chablis with their racy, briny minerality, but are full of vitality and have textured density. ($50)
Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2019 – Biodynamic, complex and elegant with fleshy white Sauvignon Blanc fruit and an intense steely texture. This entry-level wine from this producer is anything but. The wine will be ready to drink from 2020
Domaine du Clos Naudine Vouray Sec 2016 – Shows an expressive nose filled with chalky minerals and white pepper to start, later softening a little to reveal nuances of apple and pear. The palate feels correspondingly modern, reductive and tense, dry and bracing.
Domaine Bersan Chablis 2018 – Unoaked, bright and mineral driven, made from biodynamically farmed Chardonnay grapes. Crisp and mouthwatering.
E&E Vocoret Chablis En Boueran 2018 – Eleni & Edouard Vocoret specialize mainly in single-site ‘village’ level wines, but they have quickly reached the levels of some of the Chablis greats. Taut and precise, with hints of apple and tangerine. A standout.
Pavese Ermes Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2018 – Made from a grape called Prié Blanc, this wine comes from extremely high altitude, just minutes from the summit of Mont Blanc. Mountain flowers, rocky minerality, great acidity, layers of delicious interest.
Bisson Marea Cinque Terre 2018 – Made from a blend of traditional Ligurian varietals: Bosco, Vermentino and Albarola. Fuller-bodied thanks to lees aging and complex, with notes of spice, herbs and almonds and a briny finish.
Bubbly & Ciders under $30
***Lini 910 Labrusca Lambrusco Rose – Bright cherry pink color. Intense aromas of cherry and red roses. Balanced with pleasant acidity and a lively freshness on the palate. 85% Lambrusco Salamino, 15% Lambrusco Sorbara.
***Pietramore Pet Nat 2019 – 100% Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, this Pet nat is beautifully wild and floral, showing exotic jasmine, chamomile, candied ginger, meyer lemon and sweet grapefruit notes.
Disco Nat Metal House 2019 – Wild Dolgo crabapples picked in 2019 from the Catskills were fermenting in demijohns next to wild ‘disco’ pears, bottled mid-fermentation and blended with a 2018 wild ferment of sustainably grown Cortland and Macs. This is the 2019 Disco Nat, only 60 cases produced and 7.6% abv. A lovely palate of wild crabapple with a delicate effervescence.
Leroy Metal House Cider 2017 – Kimberly Kae and Matt DeFrancisco have revitalized century-old apple groves in the Hudson Valley to craft small-production ciders. Leroy is a blend of holistically grown Idared, Goldrush, Jonamac and wilds, fermented in stainless and aged in applejack barrels. 8.50% abv.
Homestead Treasury Cider – A classic semi-dry cider, the Homestead Cider is a mix of dessert and traditional cider apples with a touch of quince and a lovely fragrance of ripe orchard aromas.
Wild at Heart Treasury Cider – Drier than the Homestead, Wild at Heart is a funkier, more natural tasting cider made with quince and heirloom apples, wild-fermented and steeped with foraged staghorn sumac.
Eric Bordelet’s “Poiré l’Authentique” Pear Cider – After a long, respected career as Chef Sommelier at michelin-starred restaurant l’Arpege in Paris, Eric Bordelet returned to his family’s windswept orchards in Normandy to embark on a new adventure as a cider producer. This profound, off-dry sparkling pear cider from Normandy comes from biodynamically farmed, 300-year-old trees.
La Jara Prosecco Brut – Shows dry lemon and mineral character, with a nice twist of orange blossom. Tight and crisp, with a light fizz and a lingering lemony finish.
Bisson Glera Frizzante – Ligurian Prosecco with tiny, elegant bubbles. Dry, easy and fresh.
Filipa Pato ‘3B” Método Tradicional Rosé NV – Organic, Portuguese bone dry bubbly made from the red-skinned grape Baga, and white Bical. Crisp minerality, salinity, and fresh red berry fruit.
Opera 02 Brut Lambrusco di Modena Lip smacking, sparkling Italian red with black cherry fruit, dry and savory. Serve chilled with salty snacks, cheese & meats and of course, pizza.
Chidaine Vendanges Montlouis sur Loire Brut Tradition – Crafted by Jacky Blot, a master of Loire Chenin Blanc, his ‘Brut Tradition’ is medium-bodied and dry. Bready nose of pear and apples with yellow, green, and white fruit on the palate and a creamy dry finish. 100% Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley. ($29)
Aubry Brut Champagne NV – This elegant wine offers a classic depth of minerality, light aromas of blossom, refreshing lemon zest and honey, and savory notes of toasted sourdough and cracked pepper. ($47)
Pol Roger ‘Reserve’ Brut Champagne NV – On the palate, this medium-bodied Brut is as round (if not pretty sweet) and fruit-driven as it is delicate, pure and very elegant with a long, aromatic, stunningly dry and slightly mineral, impressively long finish. ($54/750ml & $29/375ml)
Champagne Michel Gonet Grand Cru Mesnli Sur Oger 2011 – Blanc de Blancs, 100% Chardonnay from Le Mesnil sur Oger. A mineral driven, bone dry, yet generous sparkler with notes of citrus, honey and brioche. ($58)
Guy Larmandier Premier Cru Rose – This fruity yet dry, chalky Rose Champagne from Guy Larmandier features 12% still Pinot Noir from Vertus. The base wine comprises fruit (almost entirely Chardonnay) from Vertus, Cramant, and Chouilly. The nose offers bright strawberry fruit and a hint of earth. Generous enough to be served on its own, the wine is complex and satisfying. ($58)
Guy Larmandier Grand Cru Cramant – This wine is from Larmandier’s 8-acre Grand Cru vineyard in Cramant, the epicenter of Chardonnay in Champagne. The wine expresses the exceptional finesse and delicacy as well as the piercing chalk-like minerality and high-toned aromatics of this remarkable Grand Cru ($63)
Ermes Pavese XVIII Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle 2013 – As unusual as it is delicious, this “Champagne method” Prié Blanca is at once rich and quite dry, speaking clearly of its Alpine origin, with delicate smokiness and lemon curd on the nose, and full, earthy minerality on the palate. ($64)
Pierre Peters “Cuvée de Réserve” Brut Blanc de Blanc – Finessed, understated, ultra-elegant nose of green apple, of wisps of grapefruit, yeast and hints of brioche and flavors of steeped plum and apricot fruit, dried herb and Meyer lemon peel. ($65)
Laherte Freres Rose De Meunier Extra Brut – Unique rosé Champagne comprised entirely of organic and biodynamically farmed Pinot Meunier. Crafted from 30% macerated Meunier, 60% white wine juice (directly pressed), and 10% red wine, the final blend is expressive and bright, marked by notes of tart cranberry and peppery citrus. Perfect for lovers of Champagne, Meunier, and all things sparkling. ($66)
Agrapart & Fils 7 Crus Brut Champagne – A classic Champagne from Agrapart made with seven different crus of predominantly Chardonnay and some Pinot Noir. On the nose lovely vibrant fresh fruit, with pink lady apple and elderflower that also comes through on the palate which is far too easy drinking. ($67)
L. Aubry Fils ‘Le Nombre d’ Or’ Sablé Blanc des Blancs Brut 2013 – Intensely perfumed bouquet of orchard fruits, tangerine, chamomile and anise, along with a suggestion of ginger and a mounting floral element. Firm and dry in the mouth, with chewy pear skin and citrus flavors giving way to deeper peach and nectarine on the back half. 25% Chardonnay, 25% Arbanne, 25% Petit Meslier, 25% Pinot Blanc ($88)