2014 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO FROM AZIENDA AGRICOLA FONTERENZA

2014 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO FROM AZIENDA AGRICOLA FONTERENZA: NATALIE’S WINE OF THE WEEK

2014 ROSSO DI MONTALCINO FROM AZIENDA AGRICOLA FONTERENZA: NATALIE’S WINE OF THE WEEK! This 100% Sangiovese from the hills of Montalcino is speaking my Italian love language this Valentine’s Day 🌹

Twin sisters Margarita and Francesca Padovani are true cupids 💘, making wines that you are sure to fall in love with since 1997 on their charming 4 hectare biodynamic estate – which sits 1,300 feet above sea level on rich quartz soils.

The Rosso di Montalcino is a bold beauty, and there’s a reason I have a crush on it! The grapes are macerated for over a month, and aged for 20+ months in large Slovenian oak casks. Black cherry, plum, gingerbread, dark chocolate, and tobacco on the nose, and a structured yet juicy palate to complete this perfect match 😍

LA BUVETTE

🚨 Discover La Buvette Levitation: a new recommended restaurant, bar, and wineshop in Martigny, Switzerland 🇨🇭

🚨 Discover La Buvette Levitation: a new recommended restaurant, bar, and wineshop in Martigny, Switzerland 🇨🇭La Buvette is a unique place where a skate shop and a natural wine bar live together in an old print shop – and the vibes go hand in hand.

Levitation also happens to be the first skate school in Valais! A happy mixture of different genres that brings together all kinds of passionate people. Cozy alcoves in the café make it always a great place for apéritif, with delicious tartines and good wine to match, natural of course!

We also would like to thank La Buvette for their financial support using the fast registration⚡ process, which promises a 48 HOURS GUARANTEED REGISTRATION to appear quickly on our map of recommended establishments around the world with 30% minimum natural wine.

Are you a natural wine establishment and wish to be recommended on our app? Send us an email to fast@raisin.digital including 📁 Wine list + #️⃣ Links to the Instagram, Facebook + 📸  PICTURES of your establishment and wines. We will be delighted to share this news with the rest of the natural wine community 😉

DAVID’S WINE OF THE WEEK

2014 DOMAINE GESCHICKT RIESLING FROM GRAND CRU KAEFFERKOPF – DAVID’S WINE OF THE WEEK

2014 DOMAINE GESCHICKT RIESLING FROM GRAND CRU KAEFFERKOPF – DAVID’S WINE OF THE WEEK

A modern take on Alsace Riesling.The Geschickts in Ammerschwihr, are one of the foundation stones of natural wine in Alsace. The 12 hectares of vineyards have been farmed with biodynamic principles for 20 years.

The domain is run by Frederic who took over the reins of the family business in 1993, his nephew Arnaud, and Aurélie Fayolle (Arnaud’s partner, who runs the commercial side of things). Frederic also holds the lofty position of President of Demeter, France. A body that manages the biodynamic certification scheme for all types of agriculture, not just wine growing and wine making.

Now for the wine – 2014 Riesling from the Grand Cru Kaefferkopf, a 71 hectare vineyard that is split into four sections surrounding Ammerschwihr. This Riesling comes from plots in the mostly clay limestone area of the Kaefferkopf.

The wine is raised in barrels for 36 months, maturing  patiently on the lees, with no filtration at bottling. This millésimé had an expected dark gold color from the barrel age and a well  pronounced bouquet of ripe white fruits and pears. A lovely weight and structure on tasting, with a slight smoky touch. A dry finish with a lingering salinity. Fabulous long tears of glycerol as the wine warms in the glass.

The wine has that fascinating horizontal structure, something that the natural wine methods bring out. This makes it quite different from these tight, racy, nervous dry Rieslings, that are supposed to be the standard of quality.

The approach produces a wine that is alive with an energy and a nice weight in the mouth. It’s kind of crunchy, “croquant” in French.

We ran this into a carafe to help open it up and also to enjoy the fabulous color.

An avant-garde Riesling defining a key aspect of modern Alsace. The vintages of the Geschickt Kaefferkopf Rieslings are delicious to drink at 4-5 years of age, but will easily keep and mature for an additional 5-10 years.

L'AUTOCOLLANT RAISIN EST ARRIVE

THE RAISIN STOREFRONT STICKER HAS ARRIVED 📢

THE RAISIN STOREFRONT STICKER HAS ARRIVED 📢 : Recommended Raisin establishments can officially show off their devotion to natural wine and good things, to all the foodies in the neighborhood.

Because where there is natural wine, you are guaranteed to eat well too 🍷🍴 All you have to do, is stay on the lookout for this sticker, and you’ll know where to go!

Professionals: we are selling the sticker this weekend at La Dive Bouteille salon for the price of 20€ (25€ with shipping). Interested? Send us an email to sticker@raisin.digital

FAST REGISTRATION ESTABLISHMENTS

☝️LATEST RECOMMENDED ESTABLISHMENTS REGISTERED ON RAISIN:

☝️LATEST RECOMMENDED ESTABLISHMENTS REGISTERED ON RAISIN:

We are thrilled to announce the latest natural wine establishments registered on Raisin via theFAST REGISTRATION ⚡ process: which promises a 48 HOUR GUARANTEED REGISTRATION for those with a 30% natural wine minimum! A big thank you to these hot natural wine spots who were enthusiastic about appearing on our map, and made it happen with a little financial support…and a lot of natural wine.

Check them out, and raise a glass 🍷

🇫🇷 – Chai Pierrick, De l’île aux papilles, La Belle Saison

🇮🇹 – La Ripetta, Osteria Nosetta, Ecoposteria

🇩🇪 – L’eustache, Carmagnole

🇨🇳 – No Name Wines

🇬🇷 – Eumelia

Are you a natural wine establishment and wish to be recommended on our app? Send us an email to fast@raisin.digital including 📁 Wine list + #️⃣ Links to the Instagram, Facebook + 📸  PICTURES of your establishment and wines. We will be delighted to share this news with the rest of the natural wine community 😉

REBUS FROM AZIENDA AGRICOLA RICCI

REBUS FROM AZIENDA AGRICOLA RICCI – ELENA & FULVIO’S WINE OF THE WEEK

REBUS FROM AZIENDA AGRICOLA RICCI – ELENA & FULVIO’S WINE OF THE WEEK

“I work like a dog unearthing its bone” says Daniele Ricci, creator of Rebus. A white wine made from the Timorasso varietal, which according to the winemaker, is an almost unknown Piedmontese grape that is the best expression of the Tortona hills.

We totally agree with Daniele, Timorasso is one of our favorite and most unique Piedmontese whites.

In order to express such interesting qualities of the grape, Ricci says that he searched for the maximum expression of organoleptic properties through an experiment where he minimized interaction between the wine and the outside world.

A part of the 2007 harvest was vinified entirely in steel, then bottled into double magnums. After a few months in the cellar, the bottles were stored two meters below ground level in a cement cuve, where the wine rested for 8 years – in its own world, with constant temperature control, and complete darkness!

In 2015, the double magnums were unearthed, and put into 1,000 bottles. The result, is a fine and elegant wine that is incredibly drinkable, but also has a beautiful complexity. There is a pleasant hint of hydrocarbon, which is a classic sign of aged Timorasso.

Daniele argues that this is one of his most balanced wines, as it best reveals the character of the varietal…perhaps because of the minimal intervention of the winemaker!

Rebus is a tribute to the roots. In fact, the label shows the initials and birth year of four generations of the Ricci family, who have always been believers in Timorasso, unlike many other winemakers in the area.