Beverage Director, Jamie McLennan
Bubbly by the glass 4oz
2015 Raventós i Blanc “Blanc de Blancs” Barcelona, Spain ~ $10gls $44btl
Raventos is one of our favorite estates in Catalonia. The families’ winemaking roots date back over 500 years and the exceptional quality of their wines further proves their passion. This biodynamic blend of 60% Macabeo, 20% Parellada, and 20% Xarel-lo is expansive and elegant, it spends a minimum of 15 months on the lees and shows a beautiful balance of minerality, white peach, floral overtones, and toasted brioche.
NV Loimer Brut Rosé, Kamptal, Austria ~ $15gls $66btl
This is one of our favorite sparkling wines form Austria; Fred Loimer meticulously farms all of his fruit on organic principles and blends Zweigelt, and Pinot Noir into this incredible sekt. The wine’s expansive on the palate, with a persistant mousse, showing lean flavors of tart strawberry, citrus zest, brioche, tangy minerals and a dry satisfying finish.
White by the glass 4oz
2015 Les Lunes “Dobson Vineyard” Chardonnay, Manton Valley, California ~ $10gls $44btl
The Dobson Vineyard is located at the base of Mount Lassen, the areas mild tempetures and volcanic soils are ideal for this 45 year-old ungrafted Chardonnay site. The 3 partners at Les Lunes farm and vinify everything naturally and are making some of Californa’s more intriguing wines. This ‘15 is fresh and lean showing focused acidity, moderate weight, and flavors of bright citrus, toasted almond, tangy minerals, and more…
2014 Bibo Runge “Hargardun” Riesling Halbtrocken, Rheingau, Germany ~ $10gls $44btl
From a tiny quality focused estate, this racy off-dry Riesling is an ideal way to start your evening. Walter Bibo comes from a long line of growers and his dedication to organic farming, natural ferments, long macerations, and extended barrel aging is beautifully displayed in all of his bottlings. This halbtrocken shows everything we love from the style, balanced acidity and sweetness, expressive minerality, and a lean well-integrated palate.
2014 Clemens Busch “vom roten schiefer” Riesling Trocken, Mosel, Germany ~ $11.5gls $50btl
Our friend Clemens is one of only several natural growers in the Mosel River Valley and his richly textured dry Rieslings are amongst our favorites every vintage. His “roten shiefer” bottling comes from several sites planted to red slate; the wine’s still pretty austere, showing a layered palate of lean tropical fruit, exotic spice, slatey minerals, and just a touch of residual sugar.
2015 Nikolaihof “Hefeabzug” Gruner Veltliner, Wachau, Austria ~ $11.5gls $50btl
We’re thrilled to offer this lees-aged Gruner from the oldest winery in Austria. Nikolaihof’s recorded history dates back nearly 2000 years and is now being run by our friends the Saahs family. Their dedication to biodynamics is unparalleled and this ’15 Hefeabzug bottling is just perfect for autumn; its generous texture displays mouthwatering acidity and a lovely balance of fruit, white pepper, and minerals. Prost!
2016 Occhipinti “SP68” Albanello/Zibbibo IGT Sicily, Italy ~ $12gls $54btl
We love the ’16 vintage of this aromatic blend from one of our favorite Sicilian growers Arianna Occhipinti. Her natural approach really shines here showing a generous bouquet of aromatic herbs, volcanic minerals, and tropical fruit while the palate is clean and focused displaying layered flavors of lycee, lemon zest, cardamom, and soft grape tannin.
2016 Castel Noarna Nosiola, Trentino, Italy ~ $11.5gls $50btl
Marco Zani is producing some of the most stunning wines in the Dolomites; each bottling uniquely displays the complex geological makeup of this mountainous region and we believe his Nosiola is not to be missed. It shows a cool viscous texture, crisp acidity, and calmly displays notes of golden apple, thyme, hazelnut, and a dry mineral driven finish.
2014 Domaine de Huards “Romo” Romorantin, Cour-Cheverny, France ~ $10gls $44btl
Romorantin is one our favorite lesser-known French varietals and we can’t get enough of this bottling from Michel Gendrier. His estate has been family run for nearly 2 centuries and his dedication to natural farming and vinification really shines here. This wine is medium-bodied, with cool viscosity, moderate acidity, and shows flavors of lean tropical fruit, toasted almond, green apple skin, honeycomb, and more…
Rosé by the glass 4oz
2016 Alfredo Maestro “Amanda” Garnacha Tintorera, Castilla y León, Spain ~ $11.5gls $50btl
This medium bodied rosé comes from a high elevation old vine site planted to clay and limestone. Named after Alfredo’s daughter, this wine is bottled without SO2 and we love the clarity it displays on the palate; it’s textured and taut showing balanced flavors of salty minerals, tangy rhubarb, lean red fruit, and a touch of spice.
Red by the glass 4oz
2015 Domaine Mercouri Refosco/Mavrodaphne, Vin des Letinon, Greece ~ $11.5gls $50btl
From the western edge of the Peloponnesus, from a place surrounded by palm trees and pines and a salty sea breeze, comes this stately, Burgundian blend of Refosco and Mavrodaphne, delivering lean sour-cherry, black raspberry and tobacco, violets and rosemary, all held in the firm yet gentle grip of burnt cinnamon and cedar tannins. We're simply delighted we can pour this for you--the sexiest red you'll sip all year, we swear.
2016 Holger Koch “Bickensohler Herrenstuck” Pinot Noir, Baden, Germany ~ $11.5gls $50btl
Shortly after taking over his family’s vines in ’99, Holger noticed that several of the vineyards weren’t performing up to his expectations and quickly made the choice to replant those sites to various Alsatian and Burgundian clones. After tasting this bottling, which comes from the aforementioned sites, it’s clear that Holger’s decision is now easily justified; it shows everything we love about southern German Pinot Noir, lighter in color and body, showing expressive aromatics, vibrant fruit, ample spice, and focused acidity.
2016 Quinta Milú “Milú” Tempranillo, Ribera del Duero, Spain ~ $10gls $44btl
Germán Blanco is an exciting young producer in Northern Spain, his noninterventionist style paired with naturally farmed high-elevation vineyards show a more rustic expression of Tempranillo perfect for this time of year. This bottling comes from several limestone based vineyards and is fuller bodied, with supple tannins, and shows balanced flavors and aromas of blackberry, cardamom, chalky minerals, peppery spice, and more…
2015 Olivier Cousin “Pur Breton” Cabernet Franc, Vin de France ~ $10gls $44btl
Widely recognized as one of the most intense natural wine producers on the planet, Olivier Cousin’s vinification methods have stayed utterly traditional in an industry often reliant on modern technology. Never manipulated, his wines are some of the purest expressions of Loire Valley fruit you’ll ever taste. This young vine unsulfured Cab Franc is wonderful warm weather drinking showing elevated acidity, moderate tannin, and flavors of red currant, dried herbs, barnyard, and a satisfyingly dry finish that’ll keep you wanting more.
2016 Lemasson “Poivre et Sel” Pineau d’Aunis, Vin de France ~ $10gls $44btI
Olivier Lemasson produces a tiny quantity of remarkably high-toned “vin de soif” bottlings at his Loire Valley estate each vintage. This blend of 90% Pineau d’Aunis and 10% Gamay is funky and fresh showing wonderful varietal character alongside complex Touraine terroir. The wines flavors of ripe brambly fruit and spicy black pepper quickly catch your attention, while the flinty/salty minerality demands another sip; we only have a little so get it before it’s gone!
2012 Chateau Falfas Cotes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France ~ $11.5gls $50btl
In 1962, François Bouchet of Chateau Falfas became the first biodynamically certified grower in France. His daughter Veronique now heads up the estate and strictly following classic Bordeaux tradition she crafts some of the most engaging Right Bank bottlings around. This medium bodied Merlot based blend is a favorite, showing edgy tannin and balanced flavors of dark brambly fruit, savory spice, gravel, and smoky barrique.
2015 Eric Texier “Brézème” Syrah, Cote du Rhone, France ~ $13gls $56btl
Over the last 20+ years Eric has been instrumental in the revival of Brézème, this region in Northern Rhone has a rich history of wine production and Eric’s bottling’s are always amongst the areas best. This ’15 Brézème is edgy and youthful showing firm tannin, persistent acidity, and a balanced palate of savory spice, tart red fruit, and tangy minerals. Don’t miss this one!
2013 Angelo Negro e Figli “Prachiosso” Nebbiolo, Roero, Piedmont, Italy ~ $14gls $60btl
Built like a baby Barolo, we can’t get enough of this fuller-bodied single vineyard Nebbiolo from the biodynamicist Angelo Negro. We love how this wine vividly displays the sandy soils of Roero alongside Nebbiolo’s edgy inherent flavors of dried red fruit, rosewater, baking spice, and savory tannin.
2015 Bedrock Wine Co. “Old Vine” Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California ~ $10gls $44btl
Morgan Twain-Peterson of Bedrock is widely regarded as one of the most talented young producers in the Cali. This Zinfandel led blend is from 3 Sonoma vineyards planted in 1888, 1896, and 1905. The average vine age here is just over 80 years, lending a bit more depth and mineral to this intriguing bottling. The wine is rich in texture and character showing a balanced palate of brambly fruit, bitter chocolate, mild spice, and silky tannin.