August 2021 | 3 Bottle Club | New Members
Welcome to the August 3 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Welcome to the club! We are honored to have you and so excited to start this natural wine journey with you :)
This month we have wines perfect for the hotter months with a crisp, complex white begging for some delicious seafood, a light rose that's unbelievably chuggable but also has great nuance, to a Grenache that should get a slight chill and some yummy bites outside!
Find out more about all of them below and drink along with me!
- Holly, founder MYSA Natural Wine
- Grotta di Sole - Clos Marfisi
- Grenache - Los Pilares
- Rosé - A Tribute to Grace
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Patrimonio - FranceDescription:
A thought provoking wine and one of the best representations of what we would enjoy sipping in early Spring. Comes from the French island, Corsica. Produced by a brother and sister duo, who are 5th generation winemakers. On the nose, citrus, creaminess, lemon meringue, tart green apple, and a touch of minerality. Lovely and round on the palate. The texture and feel is light and bright yet still complex. Medium acidity. Best paired with a lemony dish, such as a crisp arugula salad drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette and topped with salmon. You could also try lemon roasted chicken, asparagus, a soft cheese board. Stay away from fried foods, pizza, fries, or even ham. Play with the fact that this has a really nice acidic backbone, is complex, and it's not just your regular Glou Glou!
Pairings: Pasta, Lean Fish, Cured Meat
Serving Temperature: 48°-52°
About Clos Marfisi
If you aren’t familiar with Corsica, the main event is Patrimonio. This AOC covers 400ha with half of them being owned by the two largest producers, and the other half split up amongst 30 smaller growers. If you haven’t already guessed, Clos Marfisi is part of the latter. Brother and sister, Mathieu and Julie are fifth generation at the helm of this estate, having taken over from their father, Touissant, when Julie returned in 2001, and her brother in 2012, from having careers elsewhere in France.
Now, we thought that we had seen it all in terms of limestone, but Corsica takes the cake. Clos Marfisi’s vineyards (which Touissant planted about 40-50 years ago) rise up from the Mediterranean with southern and western exposures on steep slopes that are practically white with large chunks of broken up limestone. Seriously impressive. Equally impressive is the fact that they never gave into outside pressure and the entirety of the estate is planted to local varieties, so you won’t find any Grenache here. Their father is still very active in the vineyards, and is the main reason that this estate has never been touched by pesticides or herbicides, which were shunned for one reason or another by previous generations of vignerons on the island. This commitment to organics continues and the estate will be certified Bio by the 2018 vintage. Vestiges of the old guard remain in the cellar as well where native yeasts have always been used for fermentations, and sulfur levels are kept to a minimum.
As president of the Patrimonio AOC, Mathieu has a clear vision for where the estate is headed, and we like what we are seeing. Their commitment to honoring the past while shaping their own future is incredibly exciting to us.
- Selection Massale
California - USADescription:
A nice introduction to the glou glou universe! This red is fresh, and flavorful from the high-quality grapes used. Manually harvested and bottled unfiltered and unfined. Tart cherry, plum, and herbs such as fennel on the nose. Baked plum with a strong backbone of acidity on the palate. Medium bodied, deep, and fresh. Delicious by itself, or with cheese plates, or duck breast. Put this in the category of: don't pair me with a super serious meal!
Pairings: Cheese Plate, Grilled Meat, Roasted Peppers
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
About Los Pilares
Los Pilares is Coleman Cooney, Jay McCarthy, and Michael Christian. Before making wine for others we were all either backyard vignerons, garage winemakers, or wine industry professionals. Since the first vintage in 2010, we have been showcasing the terroir of San Diego’s backcountry and mountains by making wine with nothing but grapes, sometimes apples. All the fruit comes from sustainable vineyards and orchards grown in the backcountry and mountains of San Diego County. - Los Pilares
California - USADescription:
A lovely, crisp rosé that's perfect for sipping in sunny weather. Dry, with balanced acidity. Notes of red currant, floral, strawberry, and watermelon jolly ranchers.
Pairings: Shellfish, Appetizers, Spicy Food
Serving Instructions: 45°-50°
About A Tribute to Grace
"A Tribute To Grace Wine Company is dedicated to crafting authentic expressions of Grenache. All wines are single-vineyard sourced to maintain authenticity, and remain 100% Grenache.
I am a New Zealand born winemaker who moved to California in 2006 with the dream of making Grenache. In the land from which I stem, the climate is too cool to ripen this sun-loving beauty. And so began my search: northern Spain, southern France, southern Australia, California…
Abundant sunshine and entrepreneurial spirit led me to the latter, and in 2007 I sourced my first Grenache fruit from the Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard. Nestled high above the Pacific Ocean and 33 miles inland, this high-desert vineyard provided the perfect balance of heat and light I sought.
I chose to name my label after two of my favourite things: my Grandmother Grace, and my most beloved attribute. My winemaking intention is to capture this spirit, and stay as close to nature as humanly possible. The trio is completed by the grape itself, which to me encapsulates grace.
- A Tribute to Grace"
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!