2020 Schplink! Gruner Veltliner, Niederosterreich-Austria 3L Box $31.99
This exciting contemporary box white is made by Weingut Norbert Bauer which was established in 1721 & is now in its 11th generation of winemakers. Located in the Weinviertal in northern Austria, farming practices are organic with emphasis on utilizing herbs for vineyard health; the fruit is hand-picked and then left to macerate for 12 hours to increase aromatic complexity. The results are stunning and emulate white peach, zingy lemon-lime, and delicate white flowers. Schplink! is considered the only box wine coming out of Austria and is a complete game-changer when it comes to the category. Pair with Salade Nicoise, Schnitzel, and listening to Kraftwerk.
2018 Flavia Rebellious Etna Rosso, Sicily-Italy 1L $27.99
Another exclusive, this is the only 1 liter bottle coming off the volcano of Etna; it’s creator, Flavia Rallo, is a young, fourth-generation winemaker who dedicates herself to the production of natural wines from certified organic fruit that are unfiltered, and with very low sulphites. Flavia’s Etna Rosso is 100% old vine Nerello Mascalese from sandy, high altitude sites on the northern slope. The grapes are farmed organically, hand-harvested, wild yeast fermented in stainless steel, then aged 12 months in used Slovenian oak. The wine is incredibly balanced and a must-try for lovers of both Burgundy & Tuscany. It is juicy and vibrant with a definitive spice character. Pair it alongside Creole Jambalaya, baked eggplant & tomato Rigatoni, or a charcuterie board for an easy evening.
2020 Mas Martinet “Ranci Dolc” Garnatxa Negra, Priorat-Spain 375ml $87.99
This is a rare sweet treat that has already been aged 20 years in 100+ year old barrels…a historical style called Rancio. It is made by first harvesting the Garnatxa grapes around 15% alcohol, laying them on wicker beds in the shade to allow them to slowly dry for 7 to 21 days concentrating the sugars and allowing for a naturally sweet wine. Since Mas Martinet only bottles 1/3 of the contents of the aging wine in the centenarian barrels, there is always a portion of aged wine that gets blended into the newer wine, similar to the solera system employed in Sherry production. At around 80g/l of residual sugar, this is the ultimate Fall/Winter dessert wine chock full of hazelnut, chocolate, balsamic, wood smoke, and Christmas spice. Compliments blue-veined cheeses, candied nuts, and caramel-forward desserts.