Estate: Maison Joseph Drouhin was founded over 130 years ago and is headed now by the 4th generation of the Drouhin family, Frédéric, along with his siblings Véronique, Philippe and Laurent. Today, with 73 hectares assembled over the years through purchases and agreements between families, the estate is one of the largest in all of Burgundy.
Philosophy: Natural practices have granted them the capability to achieve their goal of expressing “the exact character of each terroir” in their wines.
Winemaking: “Our credo is to bring natural answers to natural problems.” They are passionate about organic and biodynamic viticulture with methods such as herb-based vine treatments, natural predators rather then chemicals, and plowing by horse. The 2015 harvest was lower in volume then usual since the Beaujolais region received very little rain, which resulted in smaller sized grapes and less acidity in the wines [especially in comparison to the 2014 vintage].
Tasting Notes: Deep red-violet in colour with cheerful aromas of candied violet, wild strawberry, raspberry and hints of damp cedar. Bright and fresh with flavours paralleling the vivid aromas, tart blackberry on the clean finish balances the sweet, juicy fruit. Wonderfully easy drinking, don’t be surprised how swiftly your glass empties.
Bottled by Joseph Drouhin
Estate: Tenuta Sant’Antonio is the passion of 4 brothers; Armando, Paolo, Tiziano and Massimo Castagnedi. They grew up cultivating their father’s vineyards, and in 1989, after working as technical consultants in other vineyards throughout Italy, they purchased 30 hectares of land around their original 20 hectare family estate. They planted indigenous grapes alongside the existing vineyards and built a new winery.
Philosophy: To “concentrate on quality rather then quantity”.
Winemaking: The vineyards are cultivated using organic methods, as they are “tended with love and attention to maintain a balance with nature”. Scaia was aged in stainless steel.
Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour with aromas of wildflowers, cherry and dusty earth. Red currant and floral notes make a respectable impression alongside an array of cherry notes, from cozy cherry pie to fresh sour cherry that provide an interesting density, whilst silky tannins and spiced raisin notes comprise the plush finish.
Produced and Bottled by Azienda Agricola Tenuta Sant’Antonio di Castagnedi Massimo
Enjoy now thru 2017
Estate: Stobi winery is a new, modern estate located in Gradsko, next to the ancient site of Stobi in central Macedonian. They have 200 hectares of Vranec vineyards, with vines ranging in age from 25 to 40 years. This is a “classic” Vranec “that focuses on bright juicy fruit with its typical morello cherry and licorice notes, making tasty drinking for everyday”.
Winemaking: The estate crafts “clean” wines, they do not use chemicals or pesticides, and their sulphur use is 30-50% lower then the average winery. Vinified in stainless steel and aged in French oak casks.
Philosophy: “We are committed to creating wines of superb and impeccable quality. Wines that are unique enough to satisfy the most selective tastes, and so simple for anyone to desire them.” They very eloquently state: “The grapes carry in themselves the soil and the climate in which they grew up. That is the soul of the wine. It unites the elements of nature with the power, wisdom and spirit of the people of the land. We keep the covenant of our ancestors. Through the wine, we unite the past and the future, the tradition of the old masters in harmony with the modern knowledge and technology, so to steal a small part of immortality and pack it in a bottle full of wine, a bottle full of passion for life.”
Tasting Notes: Inky violet in colour with pronounced aromas of campfire and sweet peppery spice. Herbaceous elements and earthy tree bark elements underscore concentrated red currant, cherry and plum notes, whilst hints of dark chocolate highlight the smoky black peppercorn finish. Intense and rustic, this is an engaging sip well worth seeking out, and a fantastic companion with the heartiest of dishes.
Vinted and Bottled by Stobi Winery
Enjoy now thru 2016
Estate: Founded by 2nd generation winemaker Ramon Castaño Santa and his 3 sons, Bodegas Castaño is located in the Yecla region of southeastern Spain and consists of an impressive 1000 acres of vineyards. The family has helped revitalize winemaking in Yecla with their innovative spirit, emphasis on tradition and the use of indigenous grape varieties, specifically Monastrell which is known as “the king variety in Yecla”.
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from a high altitude, single vineyard with vines 60-80 years in age, with limestone soil. Aged in stainless steel and French oak.
Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with aromas of jammy fruit, white pepper and sweet vanilla. Concentrated berry flavours [blackberry, blueberry, raspberry] with pleasantly contrasting, subtle herbaceous notes and silky tannins. White pepper, hints of chocolate and a sliver of mineralty comprise the lengthy finish.
Produced & Bottled by Bodegas Castaño
Enjoy now thru 2016
Rated 91 points by Wine Advocate
Brand: The Poggio Anima brand is a collaboration between “Montalcino Superstar” Riccardo Campinoti of Le Ragnaie and his US importer, Vine Street Imports. Riccardo Campinoti is a staunch believer in that wine is made in the vineyard, not the winery. ‘Belial’ represents lawlessness and roughly translates to ‘without yoke’ in Hebrew. The name was chosen as a statement regarding “what has come to be known as ‘Supertuscans’ or ‘IGT’ is simply lawless”, with “People blending international varietals with indigenous varietals, etc”.
Philosophy: “To source the best vineyards from existing relationships and produce a real wine that conveys a place and a grape. These wines are not bulk wines, nor leftover juice from a winery, but long term contracts with reputable growers.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from organically farmed 25-45 year old vines in a single vineyard with clay and limestone soil in Montecucco, a newer wine region in southern Tuscany. Fermented 2 weeks on the skins in concrete tanks in order to extract rich colour and flavours. Aged in neutral, old oak barrels “so the Sangiovese fruit is the star”.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, wildflowers and dusty earth. A fantastic, food friendly Sangiovese with a glaze of cherry and sour cherry over plum and forest floor notes, whilst leather, white peppercorn, earth and more cherry comprise the dry, fruity finish.
Bottled by ICQ SI/4266-IT-Sinalunga for Poggio Anima
Enjoy now thru 2017