Ampeleia Unlitro Toscana Rosso 2020 (1L)
Azienda Ampeleia is a domaine on the Costa Toscana founded in 2002, and is the result of a fortuitous encounter between Elisabetta Foradori (one of the greatest Italian winegrowers), Thomas Widmann, and Giovanni Podini, who found a perfect place to express their vision in Ampeleia. In 2009, the domaine began to make the transition to biodynamic management and now produces wines which perfectly reflect their very complex and diverse terroirs. This wine is a blend of varieties originating from the Mediterranean Basin— 40% Alicante Nero (aka Grenache), 25% Mourvedre, 15% Carignano, 15% Sangiovese, 5% Alicante Bouschet—sourced from vineyards at 180-250 meters above sea level. In accordance with its principles of respect for the land, the vineyard is biodynamically certified and the wine is fermented using native yeasts. This wine for keeping is lively, fresh and juicy on the palate, dominated by red and black berries and enhanced by a few spicy notes.
ORGANIC / BIODYNAMIC / NATURAL
Colossal Reserva 2016
Made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Tinta Roria and Alicant Bouschet, this is vivid purple black in the glass with vibrant magenta edges. The bouquet is awash with dark plums, prunes, tar and polished oak and it is immediately seamless in the spicy, savoury, oaky, medium to full-bodied palate filled with succulent dark berry fruit and accents of baking spices and pepper. Terrifically tasty with lovely balance of fruit and savouriness and tannins more noticeable on the long dry finish.
Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rossato 2021
Frank Cornelissen is the godfather of the natural wine movement and Susacaru Etna Rosso is without a doubt some of his finest work. Earthy with a fruit-forward approach consisting of cranberry, red plum and fresh pomegranate. A field-blend of mostly Nerello Mascalese (85%) with other local varietals from our old vine vineyards: Nerello Capuccio, Allicante Boushet, Minella Nera and Minella Bianco. A wine with “high drinkability” combining body and character of Etna: elegance, structure, fragrance and personality.
ORGANIC / BIODYNAMIC / NATURAL / NO SO2 ADDED
Raúl Pérez Ultreia St-Jacques 2018
“80% whole cluster fermentation in large oak vats. Macerations of between two and five months. Aging in various vessels: 225L, 500L, foudre and cement. Bottled without fining or filtration. Mostly Mencía with Bastardo (Trousseau), Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet). The wine is clean, precise and fresh, and the oak is oh so subtle, practically unnoticeable. Floral, spicy aromas with hints of underbrush. Juicy, well-structured red fruit with great vibrancy and length on the palate. A long finish is marked by hints of herbs, coffee bean and tomato leaf”