July 2023 | 6 Bottle Club
Welcome to the July 6 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Happy July!! We are in the thick of summer and a lot of crazy weather all over the place, so thanks for sticking with us and utilizing all the great options we have to get you wine during these months! We're going for chillable and unique this month with a gorgeous Nouveau French red, tasty Garnacha (that I may or may not have been using to make the BEST tinto de verano you've ever had), cans from the infamous Las Jaras (because we're all headed to places that are easier with cans rn!). On the non-red side we have a killer (see what I did there) piquette, a Riesling that is begging for some spicy food, and a liter of gold from one of the top winemakers in Spain. ENJOY!
-Holly, Founder - MYSA Natural Wine
- Primeur - Marcel Richaud
- Garnacha - Zorzal
- Waves Red - Las Jaras
- Litrona Penedes White - Finca Parera
- Monsters, Monsters Attack - Some Young Punks
- Pikola “White” - Gabernik 23
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Primeur - Marcel Richaud
Rhône Valley - France
A savory nouveau-style blend natural red wine that has notes of crunchy dark berries, notes of violet, hints of spice and thirst-quenching acidity. Crowd-pleasing wine that's great to pair with light sandwiches or Vietnamese cuisine!
Pairings: Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Quesadillas, Roasted Veggie Ratatouille
Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F
About Marcel Richaud
f you've heard of Cairanne, one of the best terroirs in the vast Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages appellation it's probably because of Marcel Richaud. Richaud comes from a vine growing family who'd historically and prosperously sold grapes to the local cave cooperative. So it came as a shock when Marcel, only 17 at the time, told his father he wanted to become a "vigneron indépendant". To his senior, this was incomprehensible and felt very risky: nothing to gain, more work and less pay. Undeterred, Marcel started with 14 hectares of his aunt's vines, producing his first vintage at 19 years old in a dilapidated cellar with no roof. He quickly made a name for himself in the nascent Parisian natural wine scene of the early 1990's and eventually began incorporating his father's cooperative vines into his eponymous production. Today, Marcel is retired and the estate is run by his children Thomas, Claire and Edith. The estate has grown to a sizeable 80 hectares over the years, a combination of Marcel progressively recouping family vineyards from the cooperative and purchasing land; about 40 hectares come from the family and the other 40 have been purchased or planted since the 1980's. - Louis Dressner
Garnacha - Zorzal
Navarra - Spain
Easy-drinking Spanish grenache with dark berry fruit flavors, floral notes, bright acidity, juicy tannins, hints of smoke and a lingering spicy finish.Perfect wine for a dinner party!
Pairings: Grilled Chicken, BBQ Pizza, Blueberry Balsamic Pork Chops
Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F
Zorzal is a young winery that began in 2007 by the Michelini brothers, Gerardo, Matias, and Juan Pablo (the winemaker) along with a group of Canadian investors, with its first vintage being 2008. The winery and vineyards are located in the subregion of the Uco Valley called Gualtallary, outside the town of Tupungato, at approximately 4,500 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest winery in Mendoza. The estate consists of 70 hectares on a unique blend of sand, stones, and limestone and is planted to multiple varietals including Malbec, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, as well as a few others. The grapes are all harvested by hand, and the vision is to have minimal intervention (or a "light hand") in the winery so as to let the fruit and terroir shine. The winery practices organic methods in the vineyards and uses only indigenous yeast in the winemaking process. Zorzal tends to pick its grapes a little earlier (greener) than most in Mendoza to retain freshness and acidity in their wines instead of the overblown ripeness that is too often seen. They are already considered to be a rising star in Argentina with their focused wines and enticing expression of multiple varietals above and beyond their stunning Malbecs.
Waves Red - Las Jaras
California - USA
A medium-bodied Californian red wine with bright acidity, little tannins, and hints of baking spice in the finish! Perfect to drink on a sunny day!
Pairings: Korean-Style BBQ, Crispy Roast Pork Belly, Duck Pizza with Arugula
Serving Instructions: 60°- 65°F
About Las Jaras
At Las Jaras, our goal is to make delicious wine that has tons of energy and balance. We want them to be vibrant, delicate, and supple all at the same time while also being food-friendly and easy for anyone to enjoy. Our wines are designed to reflect the unique terroir of the vineyards using minimal intervention so you can taste their natural, rhythmic expression. If you are not used to drinking wines made this way, the experience can be a revelation. Our lighter wines can elevate your daily experiences. Bring the elegant bubbles of our Sparkling Wine to your best friend's engagement party. Nestle the Rosé into your backpack for a trip to the park to watch an epic sunset. Pair the chilled Glou Glou with a Margherita pizza to make takeout tastier. Our medium-bodied reds pair with deep savory meals and create thought-provoking moments. A holiday dinner includes a conversation about Carignan. The Cabernet Sauvignon is brought to your favorite restaurant to share a taste with your server. “Does this remind you of 70’s Napa?” And our Sweet Berry Wine demands an explanation, inspires stories, and creates joy. For your Wine!
Litrona Penedes White - Finca Parera
Cataluña - Spain
Enjoy a liter of this natural white wine with citrusy stone fruit flavors, wild floral aroma, notes of herbs, bright acidity and a smooth mineral finish!
Pairings: Prawn Fried Rice, Bean Sprouts Spring Rolls, Chicken Parmesan Lasagna
Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F
About Finca Parera
One of the most exciting regions in Spain when it comes to natural wine has got to be the Penedès. I know that may sound a bit strange considering the amount of plonky Cava being made, but this is actually part of the reason driving a group of young winemakers to do things differently. I call it the process of diseducation and at the forefront of this movement is Ruben Parera. Keep reading and you’ll know what I mean… Finca Parera is located in the upper Penedes region, characterized by its calcareous clay soils. Rubén converted his family’s 10h estate from organic to biodynamic farming, continuing the natural process into the cellar while applying the same practice to their cherries, almonds, olives, and vegetables, obtaining the rather grueling Demeter certification on their first visit. He was born into a family of farmers but it wasn’t until he finished his viticultural and oenological studies that they started making wines of their own. We first met him at a tasting in 2013 and his wines were perfect…almost too perfect. Since then, I feel like he’s stopped relying so much on the books and turned to his land for answers. His 2015’s are simply on a different level than what we first tasted in 2013. In a short period of time he’s evolved from making textbook wines to making wines of terruño, seeking drinkability without compromising depth and complexity. His entry level white, red, and rosé are super fun to drink while his 2014 acacia aged Xarello might be one of the most interesting expressions of the grape we’ve ever tasted. It’s the first wine he makes without adding SO2. I’d bet the same professors who told him it couldn’t be done would even take their hats off to this wine. Long live the diseducation of Ruben Parera! - Selections de la Vina
Monsters Monsters Attack - Some Young Punks
Clare Valley - Australia
Australian riesling with ripe tropical fruit flavors, juicy apple aromas, light acidity, and a stone fruit finish. A very enjoyable summer wine!
Pairings: Sesame-Seared Tuna, Chicken with Cashew Nuts, Pad Thai
Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F
About The Some Young Punks
Pikola "White" - Gabernik 23
Štajerska - Slovenia
A tart and refreshing piquette with tropical stone fruit flavors, white floral notes, and hints of spice!
Pairings: Mango Sticky Rice, Papaya Salad, Shawarma
Serving Instructions: 44°- 55°F
About Gabernik 23
"Gabernik 23 is a small family-owned winery in Štajerska, Slovenia. Janko Bogatic started working alongside his father in his family’s vineyards at the age of ten. While he seemed destined for a career in dairy farming, at 18 Janko was forced to return to the family property to manage the vineyards after the sudden passing of his father. Now, almost 30 years later, Janko is farming 9 hectares of vineyards situated on the slopes around Ritoznoj in the foothills of the Pohorje range." - Vine Street Imports
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!