Gnarly Vines January 2022 Wine of the Month Club Four Pack
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Regularly $93 but WOTM is always $75 flat, so 19% off!
NV Mirco Mariotti Smarazen Bianco Pet Nat - Emilia Romagna, Italy - $22
This unique, moderately effervescent Pet Nat blend of 70% Trebbiano and 30% non-aromatic Malvasia di Candia is refreshing with tangy, citrus flavors as well as some slightly savory, herbal notes. Mariotti’s vineyard is situated on the Eastern part of Emilia-Romagna, close to the coast and the beach where his 50-100 year old vines with native rootstock thrive on the sandy soils. Grapes are hand haversted, ferment in concrete tank and fermented spontaneously. To start the second fermentation, they add must from same-year harvest. The wine is then gently racked with no filtration or disgorgement prior to bottling. Pairs wonderfully with adventurous food like strong, veiny cheese or pungent seafood like Mackerel or Sea Urchin.
2019 Domaine Mann Sylvaner Le Mouton Bleu - Alsace, France - $27
Practicing organic since 2004 (certified in 2008) and biodynamic viticulture, Domaine Mann produces this exquisite Sylvaner from 50+ year old vines planted on granite, limestone, and sandstone. Harvested by hand and slowly pressed in whole bunches, it's fermented with indigenous yeast then aged on the lees for a full year in stainless steel. Medium-bodied and crisp with pronounced minerality, it has an expressive nose of pear and quince followed by puckery green apple and fresh pineapple flavors on the palate. Pairs well with a pungent Alsatian Münster or risotto with wild mushroom and parmesan.
2020 Domaine Ozil Gourmandise Rouge - Ardeche, France - $24
This hard core natural wine is a blend of 70% Syrah, 30% Grenache from the Ardeche, just to the west of the Northern Rhone, the mecca of Syrah. However, unlike a typical, deep, dark brooding Northern Rhone Syrah, Domaine Ozil coaxes the light, fresh juicy elements of the grape by fermenting whole clusters via carbonic maceration, the technique used for Beaujolais Nouveau. It sees no oak at all and is bottled unfined, unfiltered with zero added sulfur. Light-to-medium bodied with wild red and black berry flavors, a hint of pink peppercorn and rosemary, as well as a funky, kombucha note on the juicy, low tannin finish. This 'glou glou' sipper pairs well with nice aged Cantal or Roquefort or a chestnut chicken soup.
2020 Where's Linus? Red Venturi Vineyards - Mendocino, CA - $20
Made by Chris Christensen, one of the most respected and influential African American winemakers, this is a full-bodied, flamboyant blend of 69% Petit Sirah and 31% Zinfandel that's organically dry-farmed from the Venturi Vyd in Mendocino, CA. In the cellar, Where's Linus is made with minimal invention, spontaneous fermentation, aging on the lees mostly in stainless steel with some acacia and oak and bottled with no added SO2, resulting in a very subtle, uplifting prickle. Ripe, jammy blueberry and black currant flavors with balanced acidity and plush, velvety tannins on the finish, this pairs perfectly with a slow-cooked brisket or a hearty mutton stew.