Natural Wines: Back to Basics

True terroir

 

Natural wine is uncomplicated—in theory. Producers say their work is all in the vineyard, with careful farming and minimal to no use of industrial chemicals. There’s a similar focus during winemaking, using indigenous yeast and low amounts of sulfur. The results are truly distinctive wines that surprise even the most trained palates.

Get to know Natural wines with these recommendations picked by our Sales Staff.

Christophe Pacalet, Chénas $26.96

Christophe Pacalet, himself the nephew of natural vigneron pioneer Marcel Lapierre, makes Gamay of exceptional elegance and balance. A floral red, with wilder notes of barnyard and mushroom balanced on a razor’s edge with Burgundian spiced cherries, raspberry, and underbrush. – Jon Miner, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Milan Nestarec, “Podfuck” $53.96

Milan Nestarec, the Czech Republic’s natural winemaker extraordinaire, knows how to put the fun in funk. Made from Pinot Gris that spends three weeks on the skins, this is an orange wine on steroids. The color is more like a rosé and full of ripe, juicy grapefruit, blood orange, and stewed cherries with a little cidery funk. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Eminence Road “Elizabeth Vineyard,” Pinot Noir $22.99

Wines from Eminence Road should be on everyone’s radar. Their Pinot Noir offers taut red fruit you just want to rip through with your teeth. Few American Pinots can boast such clarity and freshness.
– Sam Davies, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Mosse, “Marie-Besnard” Blanc $69.96

The fruit for this wine comes from 100-year-old Chenin Blanc vines that struggle to still produce a minuscule amount of fantastic berries. This is exquisitely crafted, clean and intense, with fantastic fruit and texture. – Vince Grace, Sales Manager

Brea Wine Co., Chardonnay $18.96

Without the need for oak here this wine has clean, pristine flavors of high-quality orchard fruit flavors and palate-cleansing acidity. Perfect for herb and pepper roasted chicken with citrus or a cheese plate. – Stephen Bowles, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Rogue Vine “Grand Itata” $19.96

You’ll find flavors of strawberries and cherry typical of the wines of the Itata region. In addition this wine has a pleasant rose petal note. It has a well balanced acidity and a long finish. – Andrea Fraccari, Wine & Spirits Consultant

Rogue Vine “Grand Itata” $19.96

A firs-rate, showstopping natural red made from 100% Grolleau. Unfiltered and with no added sulphur, its a touch cloudy and tremendously quaffable. Notes of dark plums, cherry cola, and dried raspberries make it a perfect partner for paté or gnocchi, but it can also stand triumphantly on its own.
– Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant