April 2023 | 12 Bottle Club

orange natural wine box
orange natural wine box

Welcome to the April 12 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!  

A note from our founder:    

Happy April!

First of all, apologies for the club going out late this month! Our warehouse had part of their client portal go down and it messed with all of our orders. We really appreciate you being a part of our club and being patient with us!

Second, Hooray for fun spring wines this month. Lots of big names with Lammidia, Meinklang, Envinate, and Old Westminster. The French reds are super food friendly, the aged white from BIBIch is Pinot Gris like you never typically see and to cap it off, we have a rare Meinklang that will make you go WHOA! 

Third, while we're talking about feedback, we heard you on wanting shorter videos SO, we have a new format we're starting to implement on some wines and I hope you enjoy! Again, if you have feedback my inbox is always open: holly@mysa.wine

-Holly, Founder - MYSA Natural Wine

  1. El Grano Carménère- Valade & Transandine
  2. El Pépé - Domaine des Quatre Pierres
  3. Brân - Le Raisin et l'Ange
  4. Miscela Rosato - Lammidia
  5. Albahra - Envínate
  6. Cousin Oscar - Rimbert
  7. Cuvée Weiss - Dominik Held
  8. Dream On - Old Westminster
  9. Tintorela VDF White - Domaine Ribiera
  10. Pinot Sivi Dalmatia White - Bibich
  11. J15 - Meinklang
  12. Banda del Argilico - MicroBio
  13. Wine Evaluation Sheet

    El Grano Carménère - Valade & Transandine

    Curico Valley - Chile



    A natural red wine with peppery berry fruit flavors, bright acidity, and easy-drinking tannins with a grip! 

    Pairings:  Ground Turkey Pasta, Grilled Lamb Chops with Balsamic Mushrooms

    Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F

    About El Grano

    El Grano Winemaker

    In 2002, a decade after he sold his Domaine des Roches Neuves in the Loire Valley, consultant Oenologist Denis Duveau decided to start making terroir-driven wines from Carmenere grapes in his 45-ha-vineyard in the Curico valley, Chile. Four years later, his son Grégoire joined him and now operates the domaine. - El Grano 

    El Pépé - Domaine des Quatre Pierres

    Languedoc - France



    A silky smooth natural red wine from Languedoc, France made from 100% Carignan, full of berry fruit flavors and aromas, light acidity, and a smoky finish!

    Pairings: Smoked Turkey Leg, Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin, Smoked Gouda & Prosciutto Panini Sandwich

    Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F

    About Domaine des Quatre Pierres

    Gustavo Riffo Winemaker

    "The domain is located in Aragon, Cabardès, north-west of the medieval city of Carcassonne, on the first slopes of the Massif Central mountains, where Southern and Atlantic winds cross paths. It is split between two different terroirs: clay and limestone on ancient ocean bottom, called « alvéoline clay », and for the El Pépé cuvée, hard clay from Ventenac. These two terroirs are at an altitude of 300 meters, in the middle old wild méditerranean nature. The vineyards are farmed organically, with a special attention to copper. Manual harvest is done in small crates and the grapes are fermented and aged in the most “natural” way." - Zev Rovine

    Brân - Le Raisin et l'Ange

    Languedoc-Roussillon - France/span>


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    A deep ruby natural red wine with bubbles in the beginning, dark berry fruit flavors, bright acidity, light grippy tannins, and a long finish!

    Pairings: Roasted Duck Breast with Plum Sauce, Grilled Hanger Steak, Neufchatel Cheesecake

    Serving Instructions: 55°- 60° F

    About Le Raisin et l'Ange

    Le Raisin et l'Ange winemaker=

    Antonin sees far, he wants these soils to be practicable indefinitely for generations to come and he is ready to spend 40 years there to achieve this goal if necessary. For this: minimum tillage of the soil at the foot of the ceps, anecdotal scribbling between the rows, spreading of manure no more than every 3 years, a little green manure sown, etc. Finally, he uses biodynamics without obligation, he just takes what he wants when he wants according to the real needs of the vine.

    Miscela Rosato - Lammidia

    Abruzzo - Italy



    A fun darker-colored rosé wine made of a co-fermented blend of red and white grapes. Hazy and has that natty vibe to it. Feels alive and acidic with a little prickle that tingles the tongue on the finish. Candied but not sour. Overall it's like a watermelon jolly rancher

    Pairings: Summer Salad, Bibimbap, Picnic Food

    Serving Instructions: 55°- 60°F

    About Lammidia

    Lammidia winemaker=

    Davide Gentile and Marco Giuliani were childhood friends in Abruzzo, then lost touch. When they found each other again after university, it was with a shared passion for wine, so they decided to try their hands at making it together. Since the beginning of their project, they’ve approached it with a love of both natural winemaking and avid experimentation. They’ve never trained at a formal wine academy, and they don’t rely on agronomists or oenologists. They have learned by trial and error in the vineyards and cellars. In fact, their first fermentation in 2010 was such a disaster that they called in an expert grandma, virtuosa at getting rid of the evil eye, to perform a ritual over their grapes. Apparently it worked, and Lammidia (“evil eye” in Abruzzese dialect) was born. - From Cream Wine.

    Albahra - Envínate

    Castilla–La Mancha - Spain



    A smoky natural red wine with berry fruit flavors, hints of dried herbs, earthy notes, medium acidity, and a smooth finish!

    Pairings: Beef Teriyaki, Carne Asada with Fajita Vegetables, Smoky Sweet Spiced Almonds

    Serving Instructions: 55°- 60°F

    About Envínate

    Envínate Winemaker

    Envínate (translates as "wine yourself") is the brainchild of 4 friends, winemakers Roberto Santana, Alfonso Torrente, Laura Ramos, and José Martínez. This gang of 4 formed back in 2005 while studying enology at the University of Miguel Hernandez in Alicante. Upon graduation, they formed a winemaking consultancy, which evolved into Envínate, a project that focuses on exploring distinctive parcels mainly in the Atlantic-inflected regions of Ribeira Sacra and the Canary Islands. Their collective aim is to make profoundly pure and authentic wines that express the terruño of each parcel in a clear and concise manner. To this end, no chemicals are used in any of the Envínate vineyards, all parcels are picked by hand, the grapes are foot-trodden, and the wines are fermented exclusively with wild yeasts, with a varying proportion of whole grape clusters included. For aging, the wines are raised in old barrels and concrete, and sulfur is only added at bottling, if needed. The results are some of the most exciting and honest wines being produced in Spain today. - Jose Pastor

    Cousin Oscar - Rimbert

    Berlou - France



    A berry fruit-forward summer red natural wine with light tannins, hints of spice, and a dry finish!

    Pairings: Thai Red Curry, Gruyere Pizza, Lamb Tagine

    Serving Temperature: 60°- 68°F

    About Rimbert

    Rimbert Winemaker

    About the Producer Jean-Marie Rimbert, a native of Provence, arrived in the Languedoc nearly 25 years ago & managed the vineyards at Château de Flaugergues for 5 years until he saved up enough to purchase his first parcels of gnarled ancient Carignan vines that had been nurtured in schist-laden soils for the better part of the last century.

    Cuvée Weiss - Dominik Held

    Rheinhessen - Germany



    A fresh and crisp natural white wine with stone fruit flavors, notes of baked apple pie, bright acidity, light tannins, and a buttery finish!

    Pairings: Warm Chicken Salad With Asparagus, Japanese Red Bean Pancake, Thai Seafood Soup

    Serving Instructions: 44°- 55°F

    About Dominik HeldDominik Held Winemaker

    Dominik Held wines are produced from his father's organically farmed vineyards in the Rheinhessen region. He uses natural and low-intervention methods in winemaking and practices sustainable ways of farming.

    Dream On - Old Westminster

    Maryland - USA



    A natural orange piquette wine with citrusy sweet tropical fruit flavors, and a strong mineral finish!

    Pairings: Spicy Vietnamese Beef Stew with Noodles, Bibimbap, Grilled Fish Tacos

    Serving Instructions: 44°- 55°F

    About Old Westminster

    Old Westminster Winemaker

    The Baker family, established in 1985, didn’t always know they would spend their lives making wine together. Jay & Virginia, founders of the family, always dreamed of working with their children and preserving their farm. In 2008, all three of their children – Drew, Lisa and Ashli – were away at college, and they found themselves empty nesters. It was time to either put their land to work, or move on. Upon discovering that grapevines have an affinity for rocky soil, elevation, abundant sunshine and a steady year-round breeze – all characteristics of their land – the family explored the idea of planting a vineyard and starting a winery together. Today, Jay & Virginia support their children in the family’s wine business. And, as you can imagine, they’re enjoying the view. Not just of the flourishing vineyard, but also of the energy and determination they see in Drew, Lisa and Ashli building this great thing together. They love their children’s synergy and their ambition to put Maryland wine on the world map. Drew is Old Westminster’s vigneron. At age 22 he planted the first 7,600 grape vines on the family farm. Each year he travels the world studying his craft and honing his skills.

    Tintorela VDF White - Domaine Ribiera

    Languedoc-Roussillon - France



    A Languedoc-Roussillon natural white wine made from blended Grenache Blanc and Malvoisie. This stone fruit-forward natural wine from France has floral and herb notes, hints of spice, and subtle minerality.

    Pairings: Mussels in lemon Garlic-Butter Sauce, Herb & Parmesan Crusted Fish, Pork Chop Food

    Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F

    About Domaine Ribiera

    Regis Pichon works 7.5 hecatares of vines on sloping shiste hills surrounding the small village of Aspiran in the Languedoc. He grows a range of grapes from Cinsault, Syrah and Grenache to Terette, Roussanne and Clairette . Before making wine, Regis worked as a sommelier in one of the world’s great cellars at La Tour d’Argent in Paris and at the equally renowned wine shop Hediard, where he met his wife Catherine. In 2005, Regis decided to move his family from the city to a tiny village and begin making wine. It wasn’t his background in the classics of Bordeaux or Burgundy that inspired him, but rather a bottle of Pierre Overnoy from Arbois in the Jura that opened his eyes to natural wine beauty.The wine was cleaner than he had thought a wine without sulphur wine could be and so much easier to drink than the extracted, conventional wines that he worked with daily as a sommelier. He knew that making wine rather than pouring it was his true path. Today Regis leases a small winery and shares space with David Caer, from Clos Mathélisse. They have their sights set, however, on co-owing a larger winery in the future. Regis ferments with naturally occurring yeasts and only adds small amounts of sulphur at bottling to his roughly 22,000 bottles a year. -Zev Rovine

    Pinot Sivi Dalmatia White - BIBICh

    Dalmatian Coast - Croatia



    A bright yellow natural white wine from Dalmatian Coast, Croatia made from Pinot Grigio with tropical stone fruit flavors, wild herbs and dried floral notes, high acidity, and a touch of minerality.

    Pairings:  Mediterranean Rice Salad with Vegetables, Seafood Risotto, Lemon Crème Brûlée Tart

    Serving Instructions: 38°- 45° 

    About BIBICh

    We are a small family winery located in Plastovo. - BIBICh

    J15 - Meinklang

    Somlo - Hungary



    Bright and expressive! This unique white grape, Juhfark, is native to Hungary. 4 days spent on the skins with no additives and no sulfur. The wine was aged for 24 months in large Hungarian barrels followed by 12 more months in bottle. Very aromatic with white floral, and green apple notes.

    Pairings: Tapas, Tofu, Hungarian Cuisine

    Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F

    About Meinklang

    Meinklang Winemaker

    "Meinklang is a lively farm compromising the three typical fields of a Pannonian farmstead in East Austria south of capital town Vienna: wine-growing, fruits and agriculture. Each family-member is specialized in an aspect of farming. Unique is the estate owns Angus & Aubrac cattle herd. It`s the farms source for our own nutritious, organic fertilizer for lively soils in the vineyards and creates the closed circle in the biodynamic Demeter farming. Outstanding issues are the totally unpruned vines, called «graupert» and the extended maturation in concrete egg-shaped containers. As well as the family initiated the first holistic Demeter brewery where we refine the ancient grain beer out of the old varieties called Einkorn and Emmer wheat. - From Zev Rovine

    Banda del Argilico - MicroBio

    Castilla y Leon - Spain


    Video coming soon!


    A cloudy yellow natural wine with citrusy tropical fruit flavors, notes of wet stone, crisp on the palate, and a honey aftertaste!

    Pairings: Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, Spicy Chicken Tacos, Cioppino

    Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°F 

    About MicroBio

    Welcome to the República Independiente del Verdejo under President Ismael Gozalo. Many know him for his work at Ossian, one of the more respectable houses in Rueda, where he was the winegrower and maker since founding it in 2004. Ismael’s family owns some of the oldest (between 100-200 years old) ungrafted pre-phylloxera vines, most of which in the town of Nieva, province of Segovia between 800-900 meters of altitud. Characterized by it’s sandy soils, these head trained vines have never seen any chemicals over the different generations that have cared for them. Though outside of the D.O. for never budging to the region’s modern and manipulative techniques, to this day Ossian remains one of the few organic producers in Rueda. Today, under the Pago de Carraovejas umbrella, Ossian continues to make some of the more interesting wines of the region but Ismael took his talent elsewhere, bringing his family’s most prized vineyards with him.

    Wine Evaluation Sheet

    Want to have some fun evaluating and taking note on your wine? Check out our natural wine tasting sheets we made special for the club!