June 2021 | 12 Bottle Club
Welcome to the June 12 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Welcome to the June 2021 club! We have a really fun mix of wines for you this month AND an amazing exclusive collab with Swick wines for our first MYSA wine called Darla. Our little mascot Dalahäst is named Darla so our lovely orange Riesling got the name in honor of her. In addition, we have a mix of wines that I've been loving for the summer and will not disappoint at your next outdoor gathering. From fun bubbles to champions of grilled food, you wont go wrong with this mix. Enjoy!
- Holly, founder MYSA Natural Wine
- Hors Champs - Jean-Baptiste Senat
- Uivo Renegado - Folias de Baco
- Hollötrio - Bauer
- Lucky Duck - Duckman
- Chibu - Casa de Mauraz
- Flora & Fauna Rose - Idlewild
- Vegas Altas' Eva de los Santos - Cerro La Barca
- Castellar Cava - Celler Vilafranca
- Chinon Rose Cuvee Mathilde - Domaine Beatrice & Pascal Lambert
- GULP Garnacha - Bodegas Parra Jimenez
- Rosé - A Tribute to Grace
- Darla - Swick Wines
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
Languedoc - FranceDescription:
Handpicked grapes that are left to ferment in whole bunches. A lively blended red of Carignan and Grenache with pure tannins and exciting flavor. Slightly chill this lighter red before serving! Exploding with dark fruit and berries, ending with a peppery finish.
Pairings: Charcuterie, Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Chicken
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Jean-Baptiste Senat
"In 1995, Jean-Baptiste and Charlotte Senat returned to the land of their families, the commune of Trausse in Minervois. At the time, Jean-Baptiste was a student in Paris and was not happy with his life. After meeting various natural winemakers and having read works by Jules Chauvet, he realized the style of wines he wanted to make and where he wanted to make them.
1996 was the first vintage of the Domaine. Jean-Baptiste restructured the cellar and converted to Ecocert farming. He is very active in the vineyards and cellar, taking a hands-on approach. Charlotte manages the administration and commercial parts of the winery, bringing everything together.
The vineyards possess two very distinct terroirs: clay over limestone and lentilles silencieuses de garrigue. The plots are located on the hills of the Montagne Noire, separated by about a dozen kilometers in different communes. Charlotte and Jean-Baptiste believe that the climate is more impactful than even the ground and soil.
Jean-Baptise has become a pioneer of natural winemaking in Minervois. After decades of winemaking, his style has matured – using only native grape varieties (Grenache at the front and center), organic farming, no fining or filtration, and no sulphur. In turn, this produces wines that are each unique but share a universal quality – drinkability. - Zev Rovine Selections"
Douro - PortugalDescription:
A light and juicy red wine made with over 25 local Portuguese varieties of both red and white grapes. The wine spends six months on less followed by ageing for six months in 2-3-year-old chestnut oak then cement. Your perfect summer red! Charming aromatics and flavors of cranberry, redcurrant fruit, and light tannin.
Pairings: Grilled Meat, Oily Fish, Pasta
Serving Temperature: 48°-52°
About Folias de Baco
Tiago Sampaio is the innovative young winemaker of Folias de Baco, a project started in 2007 that one could say was spearheaded in his childhood piggybacking on his grandfather through the farms and vineyards, always curious and plucky, willing to experiment at every step of the way. It was this incurable fascination that led him into agricultural studies at Santo Tirso and then five years of university in Vila Real, but it wasn’t until completing an agricultural engineering course that opened the doorway for his PhD studies in Oregon for Viticulture and Enology. It was here that Tiago picked up on modern philosophies and aesthetics of winemaking, while never forgetting his roots in the Douro and returning to create his estate that has garnered much attention since.
Specifically located in the Alto Douro, in the sub-region of Cima-Corgo – where the land is rough, tough and challenging – you will find his vines clinging to the slopes of schist and granite at an altitude between 500-700m. Tiago is essentially bridging the traditions of his homeland with learned modern aesthetics, creating field blends of both red, white and mixed from indigenous varietals planted some 80 years ago, while carefully attending to his new fixation of Pinot Noir vines that he makes both red and rosé. Tiago has set his sights higher, pushing the boundaries of his curiosity and what some might not expect out of such a traditional region. - Savio Soares Selections
Weinland - AustriaDescription:
A tropical, bright orange wine that's the perfect entry into a skin-contact wine! 80% of the wine spends 5 hours on the skins while the other 20% is fermented, crushed, and kept on skins in stainless steel for 30 days.
Pairings: Wiener Schnitzel, Grilled Chicken, Seafood
Serving Temperature: 45°- 50°
"Located in the Grossriedenthal area of the Wagram region, Josef Bauer, alongside his wife Eva Maria, comprise the extraordinary winemakers of Weingut Familie Bauer. The Bauers believe in creating wines of the best quality by being conscientious of the environment by employing green covering of existing flora that cultivates the natural diversity of landscape and hence reflects the terroir found in their wines.
In their modern cellar they craft crisp, clean wines from their 17 hectares of vines, including Grüner Veltliner and Roter Veltliner, the stars of this vineyard, as well as Spätburgunder, Zweigelt, Merlot, Blauburger and Riesling, among others. - Savio Soares Selections"
Bairrada - PortugalDescription:
From 20-year-old vines in sandy and chalky soils and is aged for six months, unfined and unfiltered. Refreshing, light, and bright pet nat which you'll never want to stop sipping.
Pairings: Pasta, Grilled Vegetables, Soft Cheese
Serving Temperature: 42°-48°
The Duckman wines express the true character of Bairrada’s indigenous varietals and its exceptional maritime influence. There are no indications of the region on the labels, done intentionally to demonstrate an acute sense of place and varietal typicity through minimal intervention in the cellar. Maria Pato, the daughter of Luis Pato, created this project because of her love of the region and varietals, so much so that she felt constrained by the standards of Bairrada wine making. For both of them only the indigenous varietals can be Bairrada wine, not imports that want to claim it as their own identity. Luis and Maria work from two main vineyards, Amoreira da Gândara which is composed of mostly sandy soils, and Óis do Bairro which is composed of mostly chalky-clay soils. Here they grow both red and white varietals: Baga, Bical, Cercial, and Fernão Pires (a.k.a. Maria Gomes). - Savio Soares Selections
Dão - PortugalDescription:
Made from 20 different indigenous Dão varieties, 20% white and 80% red. A medium finish with notes of berries. This wine is extra special, the producers even added dried chestnut blossoms to the crushed grapes!
Pairings: Beef, Lamb, Cheese Plate
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Casa de Mauraz
"Mouraz, situated in the heart of Dão region, is António’s birth place, where his family have farmed vineyards in a holistic and ecological way for many generations. This is also a place where the landscape and terroir is shaped by its people and geography, old and new vineyards coexisting with the pine, oak, chestnut and cork trees in a wild forest. This diversity is reveals itself in the personality and complexity of the CASA de MOURAZ wines, and reflects our own love of the place.
Our farm is spread over several parcels with different soils (granite and clay) and altitudes ranging from 140 to 400 meters. Our most important indigenous grape varieties are Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Baga and Água-Santa for the red wines and Malvasia-Fina, Bical, Cerceal, Encruzado and Alvarinho for the whites. - Casa de Mauraz"
California - USADescription:
Bright, fresh, and structured. Whole cluster pressed grapes are left on the lees and aged in neutral oak. Aromas of citrus such as orange peel and grapefruit, herbs, wildflowers, and a touch of sea salt.
Pairings: Shellfish, Spicy Food, Appetizers
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
"I grew up hanging out in a winery converted from an old cow barn, walking vineyards, and tasting blends with my dad. Later, while in the restaurant industry, I was exposed to wines from across the globe and was especially struck by the wines of Italy’s Piedmont.
Learning natural systems and the world of wine in general was my route to making wine and starting Idlewild. I was also fortunate to have many friends and family to learn from along the way.
Emilia and Hudson are the kids, as well as my inspiration and joy. It’s funny how life seems to work in circles: these two are now walking vineyards and tasting blends with me. — Sam Bilbro"
Extremadura - SpainDescription:
Grown from 85-year-old vines in clay soil followed by being harvested by hand. Very vibrant and straw in color. Bright flavors of pear, stone, honeysuckle, and apple. An easy drinker but also perfectly paired with food.
Pairings: Tapas, Oysters, Grilled Fish
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Cerro La Barca
"Juan Sojo and Ángel Luis González started Cerro la Barca in 2003. The two met in oenology school and bonded over their desire to revive the reputation of their native Extremadura, in western Spain near the Portuguese border. While it’s history can be traced to 550 BCE, phylloxera and powdery mildew hit the region hard in the 19th century. Winemaking started a gradual revival after the Spanish Civil War and has been picking up steam ever since. The majority of the wine currently produced in the region is bulk Vino de Mesa (table wine).
Cerro la Barca is in the Ribera del Guadiana region, which was awarded DO status in 1999. Extremadura (capitol Mérida) is broken up into two subregions, Càceres in the north and Badajoz in the south. The DO Ribera del Guadiana falls in both regions and is broken down into six heterogeneous subregions that vary in elevation from 250 to 800 meters above sea level. As a whole, the region has a dry continental climate with temperatures getting up to 100 degrees in the summer and down to freezing in the winter. With an average rainfall of 17 inches a year, summer drought is a challenge in the region, as is springtime frost."
Catalunya - SpainDescription:
Fine n bubbly! From one of the largest vineyard owners in the region of Penedés. Aged for 12 months on the lees. Aromas of green apple and citrus. On the palate, fresh with citruses such as lime and a hint of sweetness.
Pairings: Tapas, Appetizers, Seafood
Serving Instructions: 42°- 48°
About Celler Vilafranca
"Celler Vilafranca is owned by 100 associated grape growers. Consisting of 2053 acres of vineyards, comprising 3% of the entire Penedès DO.
Location: Zone 5, northeast Spain, a few miles south of Barcelona in the Alt Penedès sub-region of the Penedes DO. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, at 577ft. the vineyards and the winery are located in the town of Vilafranca del Penedès. Where vines, which existed prior to the 4th century BC, were introduced by the Ancient Greeks.
Climate: The average temperature between April and October is 66'F higher than the standard in Zone 5, and with rainfall amounts of 24 inches annually. The higher temperatures induce greater amounts of sugar, while the altitude and rainfall, give greater acid levels, balancing each other, while improving the freshness and the aromas of the wines.
Soil:The topsoil is limestone and sand. The sand provides good drainage into the deeper water-retaining clay subsoil layers, nourishing the vine when necessary. The vines root systems are able to penetrate up to 30 feet through the deep soil in search of water, particularly in times of drought. These soils are relatively poor in organic matter, giving to lower yields per vine, resulting in greater skin to juice ratio per berry. This results in greater intensity and concentration of flavors.
What makes Casteller wines unique? Celler Vilafranca owns 3% of the vine lands within the Penedès DO, resulting in superior quality grapes wine at an amazing price point. Casteller Wines are superb values. Celler Vilafranca's large estate holdings is to a great advantage, allowing them to select the finest grapes from their 2000 plus acres of vines, producing consistent quality wines year after year. - Cream Wines"
Loire Valley - France
A dry, youthful rosé with a light to medium body. Produced from 10-50-year-old vines in the Loire Valley that are hand-harvested. The grapes are macerated for only 24 hours before being fermented in stainless steel tanks for two weeks.
Pairings: Grilled Vegetables, Cheese Plate, Salmon
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
About Domaine Beatrice & Pascal Lambert
"Founded in 1987 near the town of Chinon, at the locality of Les Chesnaies, Beatrice and Pascal have been carefully cultivating Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc on approximately 13 hectares, in soils that range between sand and gravel deposits, limestone-clay soils and flint based clay soils. For over 20 years, between Chinon and Cravant-les Coteaux, the estate has been practicing organic viticulture and biodynamic preparations since 2005, becoming certified in 2012. With their trusty draft-horse Isis, they plow the rows between the vines, planting each year different cover crops to assist in the uptake of the biodynamic preparations while adding back nutrients for the following season. They closely follow the lunar cycle from vineyard to cellar, only using indigenous yeasts with fermentation occurring in concrete or wooden vats, while maturing and aging are adapted according to the different terroirs and can be either concrete and wood, followed by racking and bottling according to the lunar cycles as well. Their overall purpose is to accentuate the purity of the terroir from which their vines come, while allowing them to elaborate on their personalities in the cellar.
- Savio Soares Selections"
La Mancha - SpainDescription:
A light-bodied, youthful, and chillable Garnacha from the Gulp/Hablp partnership. This wine was made in both concrete and stainless steel with no aging past fermentation. Notes of black pepper and red berries.
Pairings: Barbecue, Roasted Pork, Charcuterie
Serving Instructions: 50°- 55°
About Bodegas Parra Jimenez
We make wines with love, using our local traditions wedded to the latest technology. Our wines express the purity and beauty of our country. They are 100 percent honest. Made in Central Spain by a family with a deep history in viticulture, our wines are easy to drink yet filled with complex flavors. In a variety of styles, we bring them to you from the largest NOP-certified Organic vineyard in Europe. - Francisco Parra.
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"
Oregon - USADescription:
Our exclusive Darla orange Riesling is a special collaboration with Swick Wines! Pure Riesling grown in Washington in the Columbia Valley at 1,600 feet elevation. 30 days spent on the skins followed by foot worked ferments and ageing in neutral French oak barrels for six months. Darla is the name of our Swedish dalahäst logo and she is honored to have a namesake as delicious as this one! On the nose, sweet and strong citrus notes such as lemon lime curd along with floral notes. On the palate, perfect grip and a perfect amount of acidity. Crisp and lean! Try with non spicy Asian Cuisine, nachos, or even chicken wings!
Pairings: Appetizers, Picnic Food, Grilled Chicken
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
About Swick Wines
Joe Swick is a 5th generation Oregonian winemaker who captures the true taste of the Pacific Northwest through his wines. Joe sources his grapes from organic, biodynamic and sustainable vineyards in Oregon and Washington. After years of traveling and harvesting in various pockets of the world, such as Piedmont, Portugal, and Tasmania, Joe returned to Oregon to start his very own label in 2013. He embraces the minimal approach when making his wines such as using native yeasts, aging in old barrels and adding minimal sulphur during bottling—only when absolutely necessary. While Joe started out with a focus on making Oregon Pinot Noir, he now has explored many other grape varietals and experiments with different techniques during élevage. - Swick Wines
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!