Gnarly July 2021 Wine of the Month Club Four Pack
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Gnarly Vines July Wine of the Month Club: July 2021
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2020 Kontozisis Drop by Drop The Jar Fills Up Roditis - Karditsa, Thessalia, Greece (750ml) - $18
Certified organic since 1991, virtually unheard of in Greece at the time, Kontozisis has been perfecting the art of natural winemaking with only indigenous varietals in Karditsa, a rural town in Thessaly, that also happens to be the bicycle capital of Greece. The winery and vineyards are on the foothills of mount Agrafa, in two distinctive terroirs between Kanalia and Dafnospilia. Their Roditis is made from free run juice only with no pressing, native yeast fermentation in stainless steel and bottled with no fining or filtration. It’s medium-bodied but presents itself as light and fresh with crisp acidity, delicious tropical and stone fruit flavors followed by a spicy hint of sandalwood on the long, dry finish. Pairs wonderfully with Skopelitiki tiropita, a local feta cheese in phyllo dough delicacy or steamed mussels with white wine with garlic.
2020 Sebastien David Lisounette Cab Franc Rose - Loire Valley, France (750ml) - $25
Winemaker Sebastien David is the 15th generation of his family to cultivate Cabernet Franc in Bourgueil, but he’s the only one using biodynamic and organic practices, so they call him ‘Hurluberlu’, which roughly translates as “eccentric man who looks at stars to farm.” This rose is 70% Cinsault, with 30% Cabernet Franc, which even though it undergoes carbonic maceration, is deeply savory. With orange peel on the nose and salted watermelon on the palate, take the label’s drawing of a freckled pool-swimmer as a suggestion, and enjoy in the sun with aged goat cheese like Boucheron, seedy crackers and dried fruit.
2016 Hareter Naturschonheit - Burgenland, Austria (750ml) - $25
Thomas Hareter is the Fourth generation to run his family’s estate on a farm that dates back to 1725. With his forward thinking vision, the winery began their conversion to organic viticulture, and became fully certified in 2006. This stunning, deep purplish blend of 70% Zweigelt and 30% Sankt-Laurent was farmed organically and fermented naturally in stainless steel, partially via carbonic maceration to keep the tannins at bay. The result is a supple, chillable yet intense and complex red that’s both earthy and clean with fresh black cherry and cassis flavors, a spicy white pepper note and a delicate finish. Pairs perfectly with Gnocchi Pomodoro or a salty cheese, charcuterie and black olive plate.
2019 Broc Cellars Love Red - North Coast, CA (750ml) - $24
Chris Brockway, a former sommelier, makes distinctly California wines from European varietals in a warehouse in Berkeley. Spontaneously fermented and organically farmed, Love Red is an accurate name for this chillable, chuggable wine. A blend of 70% Carignan, with smaller percentages of Syrah and Valdiguie (also known as California Gamay), that shows off notes of fresh cranberries, violets and dried herbs. Light, fresh and easy, this versatile beauty pairs well with something like a watermelon, mint and feta salad but can also put out the fire of a five alarm chili!