New Sparklers and our first 2017 Roses!

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Scar of the Sea Petnat 2017 $29

Always a pleasure to feature local favorite Scar of the Sea’s pet nat before it inevitably sells out! 100% Chardonnay from Shandon Hills vineyard in North County and picked super early to preserve acidity, no two bottles are quite the same! Get it before you have to wait for 2018!

 

Bichi Pet Mex 2016 $28

Bichi translates to “naked” in the slang of Tecate, Mexico, just across the California border. It references this winery’s commitment to minimal intervention winemaking, which is especially rare in the nascent Mexican wine movement. Pet Mex is their Pet Nat, and comes from a single, dry-farmed biodynamic vineyard composed of a mysterious, unidentified grape variety. Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemed, and pressed after a few hours of skin contact. It ferments with wild yeast and is bottled before fermentation is finished, complaining secondary fermentation in bottle without any filtration or added sulphur dioxide!

 

Antech Emotion Sparkling Rose 2014 $20

From the world’s birthplace of sparkling wine (a tradition dating back to 1544) comes this fun blend of Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Mauzac and Pinot Noir from one of Limoux’s most celebrated producers. Winemaker Francoise Antech comes from a long history of woman winemakers, and produces this wine in the traditional method champenois. However, she chooses to age her wines in bottle for 18 months, twice the legal requirement for this AOC. The 2014 is their current release. Zero dosage, cold pressed and fermented in stainless steel, with Pinot slightly macerated to provide rose color.

“On the nose it has nice flavors of red fruits and spring flowers. The mouth is fresh and fruity, with elegance and persistence. A glass of Emotion Rosé can serve as an excellent alternative to a pre-dinner cocktail, or is great with almost any seafood dish, including sushi, sashimi and Thai food.” – From the importer.

 

Aubry Champagne Brut $40

Aubry should need no introduction at this point. Since we opened in 2015, it has consistently been our best value Champagne. We only feature grower producer Champagne houses, who both farm and make their wines, and Aubry is no exception. However, what sets Aubry apart is their unique plantings and usage of ancient grape varieties still permitted by AOC law, but rarely used such as Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau, instead of just Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and/or Pinot Meunier. This wine is a blend of 50% Pinot Meunier, 25% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir and 5% Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Fromenteau (Pinot Gris) and the current release is a 50/50 of the 2014 vintage and perpetual reserve going back to 1998. Vinification in stainless tank, with malo encouraged to mask excess acidity and ensure a low dosage use. At least 24 months in bottle on lees.

 

Marc Hebrart Champagne Blanc de Blancs $60

Another grower/producer Champagne, this is 100% Chardonnay. The winemaker is Jean-Paul Hebrart, who took over for his father Marc in 1997. The family has been a member of the “Special Club” since 1985, which is a select group of grower producer champagne houses who are selected by their peers to taste each vintage and select which wines will gain the “Special Club” elite designation. The grapes come from 85% premier cru and 15% grand cru plantings. The vintage breakdown is 65% 2013, 29% 2012, and 6% 2011. Fermentation and elevage done in stainless with 36 months spent aging in bottle on the lees. The importer described it as the “best non-vintage blanc de blancs in the collection”.

 

Domaines Sumeire Provence Rose 2017 $19

2017 Roses have arrived! Our first comes from the Sumeire family, which has roots in Provence dating back to the 13th century. They have farmed organically for the past two decades. It is a mix from a couple of different vineyards with vastly different terroirs that the family owns within Provence. It is a blend of 40% Grenache, 40% Cinsault, 10% Tibouren, 5% Carignan, 5% Cab/Sauv.

“Dry and fragrant, very pale peach color with a fresh strawberry, rose petals and passion fruit nose.  The palate is laced with minerality and delicate musk melon.” – from the importer.

 

Tribute to Grace Grenache Rose 2017 $25

Winemaker Angela Osborne is the local queen of Grenache and her 2017 rose is already sold out! We’ve only got seven bottles left and it’s moving fast! This Rose comes from the Santa Barbara Highlands vineyard. Angela describes it as having notes of “nectarine blossom, starfruit, clove and star of anise.”

by Michael Drake