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Monthly Red
2018 Estancia del Silencio Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain

Estancia del Silencio comes from the Pacheco Family of Bodegas Viñaelena. This family-run bodega dates back to 1948 when Francisco, the current generation’s late-grandfather, began to make wine from his modest winepress at the family farm. The current owners Elena & Emi Pacheco have taken the winery to new heights and focused all their attention on the local Monastrell grape (known as Mourvedre elsewhere). In Jumilla the Monastrell grape thrives in the dry climate and rough chalky soil, where it produces relatively small yields but great depth and density. Estancia del Silencio is bright purple in color and stains the glass with every swirl. The nose is fresh and full of dark plums, blackberries, and figs, while the palate brings crisp structure and a touch of baking spices. Like a football player dancing ballet, this wine is big but elegant.

Monthly White
2018 Famega Vinho Verde, Portugal

The Minho region is the northernmost wine growing region in Portugal, it also happens to be one of Europe’s wettest areas. Translated as “green wine” or “young wine,” the Vinho Verde wines have historically been defined by a delicate effervescence on the palate. This has historically been the result of the wine being bottled young before fermentation has fully completed, hence “young wine”, but is now predominantly done with a spritz of CO2 before bottling to make for a consistent product. The Famega is made from local grapes - Loureiro, Arinto, Trajadura, Avesso, and Azal - and has a classic flavors of bright apple, pear, and a touch of sweetness to balance the bright acidity. Vinho Verde has become wildly popular in recent years and is especially delicious in the month of August when the hot weather outside calls for a refreshing, slightly fizzy glass of wine.

Featured Red Wines

2017 Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir, Piedmont, Italy

Pinot Noir has experienced a tremendous increase in popularity in the past 20 years, and as a result the grape has been planted all over the world. Unfortunately this means that Pinot has been planted in some places it has no business being planted, particularly in areas too warm for this notoriously delicate grape. But Piedmont is not one of those places. In fact, Piedmont is perfectly suited for Pinot Noir with a warm growing season followed by a misty autumn and cold, often foggy, winter. Not to mention that Pinot Noir has been grown in Northwest Italy since the mid-1800s when it was planted in Oltrepò Pavese, about 60 miles from Asti. Monte Degli Angeli’s Pinot Noir has classic flavors of cherries, strawberries, and flowers, with just a hint of ripe tomato skin to remind you it’s Italian.

2016 Château St. Jacques d’Albas Minervois, France

The Minervois appellation is nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in Southeast France. It is a land of sun-baked, semi-arid limestone hills studded with ancient medieval stone cities surrounded by vines brought to the region by Roman legionaries. Graham Nutter, the current proprietor of Domaine Saint Jacques d’Albas, acquired this rugged land in 2001 and began updating the vineyard by re-invigorating the soil, reducing yields and vinifying on-site. He produces a full-bodied, well-structured wine with deep plum and blueberry fruit character balanced with a glimmer of smoke, pepper and fennel.  The wine is composed of 60% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre and spends just six months in oak barrel. If you’re looking for a wine to pair with your hearty dishes of grilled meats, braises and roasts, this Minervois will not disappoint.

2016 Perlat Syrah, Montsant, Spain

Perlat Syrah comes from the Unió cooperative in Catalunya which was originally created in 1942 as a public cooperative under the regime of Francisco Franco. After the fall of Franco, Unió became privately owned by its member farmers instead of by the public and now consists of 20 associated cooperatives which in total unites 20,000 small family farms. The Perlat Syrah is a bit unusual for the region of Montsant. Although the area is well known for Grenache production, most wines are a blend and not single varietals. But it was decided that some plots of Syrah were so good they deserved to be vinified and bottled separately. The Syrah is deep in color with a complex aroma of fruit jams a spices. The wine is rich on the palate with smooth tannic structure, great for grilled meats.

2018 Ronco delle Betulle Villa Oleis Rosso, Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy

Ronco delle Betulle is located in the hills near Rosazzo in the Colli Orientali. It was purchased in 1967 by Giovanbattista Adami, and is now overseen by his daughter Ivana Adami. The soils of the Colli Orientali consist of a mixture of marl and sandstone, the ideal combination for cultivating local and French vines. In the cellar, production is treated in with a minimalistic approach, taking great care to make wines that are not over manipulated or altered. The ‘Villa Oleis’ Rosso is made from the younger vineyards of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, which are hand harvested and then fermented in stainless steel and old Slovenian oak botti for 8 months. The wine proves to be both structured and fresh, with a mix of dark and red fruits with subtle peppery notes. Pairs well with firm aged cheeses and cured meats.

2015 Giovanni Rosso Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, Italy

The Giovanni Rosso winery is located in the hamlet of Baudana, just a couple of kilometres north of Serralunga. The winery is a traditional family cascina, or farmhouse, and houses the fermentation, ageing, bottling and labeling facilities as well as the offices. Since the 1890's the Rosso family has farmed vineyards in Serralunga d'Alba, notably the Crus of Cerretta, La Serra, Broglio, Meriame, Sorano, Costa Bella, Lirano & Damiano. In 2001 Davide Rosso, then 27 years old, took charge of the winemaking with one goal in mind: "Wine should be a perfect copy of its terroir", and Rosso’s Barbera d’Alba reflects the seriousness with which they approach all winemaking. Aged in large neutral oak barrels and then bottled, the barbera shows notes of plum, raspberry and blueberry with delicate hints of violet and spice. A classic Barbera with bright structure and vibrant, juicy acidity.

2017 Clos Fornelli La Robe d'Ange, Corsica, France

On the eastern edge of Corsica above the coastal town of Aleria on the Tyrrhenian Sea sits Clos Fornelli, a family property of 45 hectares, 18 of which are planted to vines. Here owner Josée Vanucci and her husband Fabrice Couloumère organically farm classic Corsican varieties like Vermentinu, Sciaccarellu, and Nielluciu. Nights in this area are typically cooler thanks to the Castagniaccia mountains rising from the sea, shortening sun exposure and thus preserving freshness and aromatics in the wines. The La Robe d'Ange is made from 100% Sciaccarellu. The grapes are fermented with wild yeasts for three weeks before being aged in concrete vats for another 7 to 10 months. The resulting microclimate and winemaking practices makes for a wine that is very light in body, with subtleness being the defining characteristic (think Nerello Mascalese or Pinot Noir). Perfect with seafood and a slight chill.

Featured White Wines

2018 Giuliano Rosati Pinot Grigio, Friuli, Italy

The Giuliano Rosati wines are a collaboration between Regal Wine Imports’s owners, Dan Bada & Charlie Trivinia, and esteemed winemakers throughout Italy. Giuliano Rosati is in remembrance of Charlie and Dan’s Italian heritage; both of their families originally hail from the Marche region. When Charlie’s father, Giuliano, made the voyage to Ellis Island he was given the name ‘Charlie’ upon his arrival and thus ‘Guiliano’ was quickly forgotten. Rosati is the maiden name of Charlie’s grandmother. Naming this family of wines ‘Giuliano Rosati’ signifies the importance of their core values to always respect the roots of their heritage and history, while remaining humble at the same time. Their Pinot Grigio comes from Giuseppe and Luigi Anselmi’s estate located near the Adriatic coast in Friuli. The wine’s clean, crisp aromas of apple, citrus, and peach carry over to the fruity, refreshing, and a slightly richer palate.

2018 Domaine Paul Buisse Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, France

The Paul Buisse name extends into some of the best appellations within the Loire Valley.  They produce Crémant de Loire sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, Cheverny, Pouilly Fumé and Sancerre, as well as Muscadet. The Touraine is particularly outstanding for its value price point and comes from a hillside site along the Loire and Cher rivers. It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown on clay and limestone based soils, so the mineral expression is pronounced on the nose and palate. The 2018 vintage shows a pale yellow color with delicate fruit aromas of lemon, tangerine, green apple, chive, and yellow flowers.  It is produced without any oak and finds balance with its bright acidity, fresh fruit, and earth tones.  Outstanding with salads, especially those with a goat cheese component.

2018 Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Mount Riley is a family-owned winery located in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, on the northern end of the southern island. Since being founded in 1992, they have been striving to produce balanced wines that capture the essence of their cool climate. The Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from multiple vineyard sites from the Awatere Valley and the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, 80% estate fruit from their vineyards and the other 20% coming from their neighbors John and Lois. Grapes were crushed and destemmed prior to pressing and fermentation occurred in stainless steel at cool temperatures to preserve the lifted aromatics in this wine. The wine is classic New Zealand, bursting with lime zest and gooseberries, with a touch of herbaceousness. The palate is weighty but balanced with crisp acidity making this wine great for salads and grilled seafood.

2018 Mylonas Savatiano, Atticia, Greece

Mylonas Winery was founded in 1917 in Keratea, Attica, about 25 miles south of Athens. Its patriarch, Antonis Mylonas, passed the winery down to his son Dimitris, who is turned handed it to his three sons Antonis, Tasos and Stamatis. As is the typical result of a new generation of ownership, the sons built a new, modern winemaking facility to ensure the wines were clean and without variation. As is also typical, the sons decided to convert to organic farming in an effort to further minimize human intervention. Savantiano is the main grape of the region and goes back more than 3000 years. The wine comes from 50+ year old, unirrigated bush vines, and is aged entirely in stainless steel. The vines are planted in limestone soils which give Savantiano its fragrance of lemon blossoms, basil, and flint, while the palate shows notes of stone fruits and crisp acidity.

2018 Idlewild, Flora & Fauna White Blend, North Coast, California

Sam Bilbro, the owner and winemaker of Idlewild, comes from one of California’s most important winemaking families. His father, Chris Bilbro, started Marietta Cellars in 1978. His focus was on making red blends from old-vine grapes, at a time when everyone else was moving towards single varietal wines. In bucking the trend, he paved the way for the generation of “New California” winemakers. Sadly Chris passed away in January, but his three sons carry on his legacy: Scot now owns and operates Marietta, Jake bought Limerick Lane, and Sam has Idlewild. Sam found his inspiration in Piedmontese wines that are fresh, focused, and easy drinking. His Flora & Fauna White Blend is made from 50% Muscat Canelli, 48% Arneis, and 2% Cortese. The Muscat lends beautiful aromatics of honey and wildflowers, while the Arneis brings structure and minerality. This wine embodies the exciting potential for untypical California wines.

2018 Château Peyrassol 'La Croix des Templiers’' Rosé, Provence, France

Château Peyrassol is located in the hills of the “arriére pays”, or backcountry of the Var, between the villages of Le Luc and Flassans-sur-Issole. Eighty hectares are planted to vineyards, which are cultivated on dry, rocky clay and limestone based soil. Their rosés are considered some of the best in Provence and accordingly demand hefty price tags. However, after the difficult vintage of 2017 Peyrassol decided they needed to start sourcing fruit from nearby vineyards to keep up with demand. Combine this with the bountiful vintage of 2018 and you have a recipe for world class rosé for less than $20. Made from roughly equal parts Grenache and Cinsault from a blend of 75% outside sourced fruit and 25% estate-owned parcels. The wine is classic pale-salmon in color, deftly balances bright acidity and succulent fruit, with a subtle saline component.