August 2021 | 6 Bottle Club
Welcome to the August 6 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
This month is a fun run across the northern and southern hemisphere with all kinds of fun styles for August.
Starting in South Africa we have a lovely ramato orange wine and a fun syrah from a new producer we're so excited to have in stock! Moving north we have two Italians with the Rebel Rebel Rosato (an awesome collaboration with our Boston based buddies), a liter of Montepulciano and a gorgeous French bojo that's ready for immediate glou glou goodness.
Finally we come back stateside with another version of a ramato out of California that feels and tastes like the ocean. Enjoy!
- Holly Berrigan, Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
P.S. Some of you will have slightly different configurations based on some of the wines selling out too quickly and rapid club growth! All the wines are AWESOME and thank you for being flexible with your selections :)
- Atilia Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Cantina Jasci
- Grenache Gris - FRAM
- Sarel - Nomad Wines
- Rebel Rebel Rosato - Della Staffa
- Rosehaze - Purity Wine
- L'Origine - Domaine Hoppenot
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
- Praja - Cardedu (some boxes)
Abruzzo - ItalyDescription:
From grapes grown on 30-50-year-old vines that were hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeast for 2 weeks on the skins. This wine is dark, mature, and tangy in all the best ways. A good hint of acidity with a touch of cocoa on the finish. Notes of herbs, currants, black cherry, and cocoa.
Pairings: Barbecue, Pizza, Charcuterie
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Cantina Jasci
A passion for wine that was born with grandfather Pasquale and his wife Maria
in the ‘60s, growing over the years thanks to his son Giuseppe and his wife Irma, who gave the historic turn of the organic in 1980, handed down since the early ‘90s to Donatello Jasci and his wife Piera, who lead the company with the help and participation of their predecessors who still bring experience and wisdom.
The Jasci winemaking philosophy is to be eco-sustainable, respecting the environment, and combining tradition and experience that for decades has made their wines special. - Minum Selections"
Western Cape - South AfricaDescription:
Savory and deep with raspberries, red fruits and hints of spice. Nice florals as well. Perfect winter wine or great with heavier foods or this wine can cellar for several years.
Pairings: Tapas, Fresh Seafood, Barbecue
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
Thinus started Fram as a personal passion project with the intention of creating a wine that radiates almost as much personality as the winemaker himself. He makes a promise to “always sail into unchartered waters, to Fullly search for whatever grapes lie behind the next hill, over the next horizon.” With Fram, Thinus throws safety out the door to turn risk into reward, and it is this confident, audacious and intuitive spirit that makes his wines worth it. And his tremendous amount of talent certainly helps, too. He grows his grapes from a farm northwest of Clanwilliam, to which he refers as the “Here be Dragons” area of the wine map, and creates a truly great wine. Thinus is embarking on an exciting journey with Fram, and as the founder, winemaker and sole employee of the business, he’s encouraging you to join him.
Elgin - South AfricaDescription:
100% Syrah from South Africa! Spends 9 months in old oak French barrels before being blended and bottled. A very structured wine that's perfect for hanging out in your cellar for 5-7 years to experience notes of crisp fruit! Or if you prefer spicy, black pepper notes paired with dark fruits leave this wine in your cellar for 5-7 years! Crisp fruit when young and spicy, peppery, and dark fruits when aged!
Pairings: Burger, Roasted Food, Pork
Serving Instructions: 50°- 55°
About Nomad Wines
Negociant winery based in Elgin, South Africa and Mosel, Germany. Owned by Pieter Kruger and Kosie Van Der Merwe.
Veneto - Italy & Boston - USADescription:
Don't sleep on this collaboration with Rebel Rebel of Boston and Sassara in Veneto Italy. Light, fresh bubble gum wine of the summer! Grab it and head to the beach with some chips and a sandwich!
Pairings: Sandwich, Salad
Serving Instructions: 42°- 48°
About Della Staffa
We are proud to represent a thrilling new project that has garnered much excitement from us and our customers! Vini Sassara is a fourteen hectare beautiful estate nestled in the hills of Valeggio sul Mincio in the Veneto, just south of Lake Garda, close to the town of Custoza at the southern end of the Bardolino DOC. (That's right - è arrivato il Bardolino naturale!) Ten hectares are dedicated to vines, while the other four are made up of woodlands and olive groves.
California - USADescription:
The Pinot Gris grapes are farmed organically and lightly tread by foot followed by being left on the skins for a few hours. The only ingredient in this wine is the grapes! Notes of ripe red fruit and earth on the palate paired with good acidity. A juicy and tart wine!
Pairings: Nachos, Burgers, Burritos
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Purity Wine
"At about this time, I was running a wine program for a local Italian restaurant. My employer asked that I look for a wine for a private label he wanted to incorporate into our beverage program. In doing this, and dealing with all the inherent legal regulations, I began to see a path towards production. I started reading everything I could about the science of wine and began asking every winemaker who came into the restaurant how they did what they did.
By 2012, I was searching out a winemaking space and getting licensed. 2013 was my first year as a winemaker, and ever since, I’ve tried to build on the previous year’s experiences. As of 2016 all of the fruit I source is grown organically. Since 2017 I've been taking on leases to farming vineyards in places such as Calaveras, Mendocino, and Contra Costa Counties with the goal of someday having my own more permanent piece of land. Also, as of 2017, I've moved into a warehouse space in Richmond, CA where I've created a collective of natural winemakers, roughly 14 of us to date.
In 2018 I converted the office space at the front of the winery into a bar, The Study. I did this at the urging of our neighbors so they could have a place to hang out, but also selfishly, so that I could buy the wine of other producers to continue learning about what's going on in the business, craft, and art of natural wine.
2021 marks my eighth vintage making wine, and my passion has only gotten more intense. The wines continue to evolve and I've had the great fortune of being able to present them at some wonderful natural wine fairs such as RAW, Brumiare, and Third Coast Soif. - Purity Wine"
Beaujolais - FranceDescription:
Produced in Beaujolais, this Gamay is fruity, earthy, and vibrant with acidity! Undergoes 10-12 days maceration in whole bunches in tanks of concrete. No SO2 was added. Pairs perfect with every and all occasion, especially those involving food! Red and black currant along with blackberry, raspberry, earth, and hints of cinnamon on the palate.
Pairings: Roasted Turkey, Soft Cheese, Charcuterie
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Domaine Hoppenot
"I have been exploring Beaujolais for many years and my past as a merchant has made me realize the fundamental importance of great terroirs for making great wines.
Real estate professionals like to say that only location matters in determining the value of a property. It's the same for a wine, the origin is fundamental .
Today a winegrower, I have the immense chance to work from exceptional origins. I would like to thank the winegrowers who came before me on these vines for having pampered them for decades, they return it to me today.
My job is to retransmit the purest expression of each origin, unvarnished, respecting the qualities and limits of each vintage.
This work is hard, rigorous, complex, but the pleasure of working in a magnificent setting is immense.- Domaine Hoppenot"
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!
Sardinia - Italy
Great for spring! Praja, the producer name, means beach in Sardinian. Monica is the grape which is native to Sardinia. This light-bodied zesty red is fermented with native yeasts in cavernous cement tanks that reside under a house at the winery. First, give it around 30 minutes in the fridge. It's quite dark in color. Deep plum, dark cherry, violets, with a moody feeling on the nose. Light and bright for the body with low tannin. Best to be served with southern Mediterranean food, Lebanese food, Turkish food, or any food that is herb forward!
Pairings: Seafood, Olives, Pasta
Serving Instructions: 48°-52°
Sergio Loi is a 4th generation traditional Sardinian producer, whose family winery from the early 900s has always practiced no chemical farming and minimum intervention in the cellar. The Cardedu [car-DAY-do] vineyards are located on the island’s sparsely populated Southeast, where soils are crumbling granite near the coast, and schist in ragged-dry cliffs around Jerzu. - Portovino