Although not as well-known as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, if you tend to gravitate towards these refreshing, acid-forward wines, we can assure you that you’ll love this bottle of Arneis—think of it like the latter two’s slightly nutty, more mineral-driven cousin. Enjoy with our Blue Zones Inspired Minestrone with Pistachio Pesto.
Organic farming practices, native yeast fermentation, and woman-winemaker.
Brandini has twenty-five hectares of estate-owned vineyards and they rent an additional ten. Their estate Barolo vineyards are located at high altitudes in the northwestern end of the region and the backside of La Morra. Many parcels for their Langhe Nebbiolo come from La Morra but also span the length of the appellation from the far north of Barolo, right between Alba and the Ceretto winery, to just south of Monforte d’Alba, making for a fabulously diverse starter Nebbiolo with a massive range of complexities led by delicious red fruits. Dolcetto and Barbera are also from the south of Monforte d’Alba and additional parcels are close to the cantina. Their five hectares of Arneis are in Roero, and all of the vineyards for their Alta Langa Brut and Brut Rosé lie between Rodello and Benevello.
Alta Langa, Roero Arneis, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo, Barolo La Morra, and Barolo R56 are all certified organic. The Annunziata and Cerretta Barolos are not certified, but operations are overseen by the Bagnascos, who always encourage the growers to follow organic farming principles and treatments, and some of them are experimenting with conversion to organic farming on their own.
Tillage is kept to a minimum but they prefer not to do it at all. The carbon footprint of plowing is heavy and the roots can suffer too much from breakage if extreme care is not taken. Exceptions may be made to make the soil more sponge-like instead of compressed for when rain might come in drought years. Giovanna explained that once she and Serena took over, they focused even more on farming at the highest level, introducing some ideas from biodynamics and permaculture. “We tried to go way above the certification requirements and elevate every aspect of farming while being careful about climate change.” (from The Source Imports)
This Beaujolais-inspired Malbec is exciting and oh so fresh. Fair warning, this could be your new favorite chillable red – seriously, we would drink a lot more Malbec if they all tasted like this.
Organic farming practices, hand-harvested, native yeast fermentation, natural winemaking, unfined/unfiltered, vegan-friendly, and only 1,250 cases produced.
This Chardonnay is a total CA babe. It’s vibrant and fresh with a silky palate and touch of sea salt on the finish. In short, it’s an all-around crowd pleaser.
Organic farming practices and only 90 cases produced.
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Like all of Burguet’s wines, this bottle is produced from organic (converting to biodynamic) fruit, native yeasts, and is bottled unfined / unfiltered. Only 50 cases produced.