BIODYNAMIC AND NATURAL WINE FROM ITALY AND FRANCE
San Lorenzo Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC "di Gino" 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: ITALY/ Region: MARCHE/ Appellation: VERDICCHIO DEI CASTELLI DI JESI DOC/ Varietal(s): VERDICCHIO --- Fattoria San Lorenzo is a family operation dedicated to producing organic and biodynamic wines, situated in the Marche region of Italy on the Adriatic coast. Now run by third generation winemaker, Natalino Crognaletti, it's still based at the farm passed down from his father Gino and grandfather Enrico, a master cooper. Gino spent his life selecting old clones of verdicchio from ancient vineyards called alberate. Today, Natalino and his mother, Vera Biondini, manage the vineyards which are organically and biodynamically farmed and worked by hand. Vigna di Gino is named after Natalino’s father and planted with the carefully selected clones Gino spent his life working with. The most important grape of the "under the radar" region of Le Marche, legend holds that when the troops of the king of the Visigoths marched on Rome, they were provided with barrels of verdicchio to maintain their strength and morale. Fermented in cement with native yeasts, this is a classic, beautifully balanced example of what verdicchio can do. Aged in stainless steel, lively acidity mingles with aromas of wet herbs, pear and green apple notes, delicate minerality, and the nutty finish verdicchio is noted for. Open this with seafood chowder, or with hard nutty cheeses such as pecorino.
Mosse "Bois-Rouge" Vin de France 2014 - NATURAL WINE
Country: FRANCE / Region: LOIRE VALLEY / Appellation: VIN DE FRANCE /
Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC+ CABERNET SAUVIGNON --- Agnès and René Mosse live and make wine in the village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou. The Layon is a small tributary to the Loire that meanders through exposed hills of schist and sandstone. This part of the Anjou is called the Anjou Noir, or Black Anjou, because of the dark color of the slate and volcanic soils. Before they began making wine, the Mosses had owned a wine bar/wine shop in Tours, where the great vignerons they met, among them Jo Pithon and François Chidaine (whose wines we've tasted here!), inspired them to become winemakers themselves. Committed to organic production from the beginning, they use biodynamic preparations to treat the vines and soil, and plow between and under the rows to minimize pests. They are equally meticulous in their winemaking, utilizing a natural approach and keeping manipulation and sulfur usage to a minimum. 75% cabernet franc and 25% cabernet sauvignon, this wine comes from younger vines on the same parcels as their esteemed Anjou Rouge cuvée. Beautifully made, this is fresh and vibrant on the palate, with complex notes of blackcurrant leaf, dark berry flavors, and light hints of tobacco and cocoa, joined by soft, well-integrated tannins on a lingering finish. An elegant addition to any table, this is also an amazing value as well! Give it a try with marinated grilled vegetables, portobello mushrooms or bluefish.