March 2023 | 12 Bottle Club

cozy red natural wine
cozy red natural wine

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

A note from our founder:   

Spring is around the corner! (Unless you live in Western Mass like us and lost power in the snow storm, in which case we're still skiing lol!) We have a mix that feels like spring with lighter reds and food friendly whites, then we have some aged orange and reds that will make you go WOW! People say all the time you can't age natural wine and this wine is proof that that is some BS! Also as 12 members you have 2 really special wines with Cric Cric and Hupnos that no other club got, so I hope you enjoy!!

-Holly, Founder - MYSA Natural Wine

  1. El Grano Carménère- Valade & Transandine
  2. Premiers Pas - Domaine des 2 Anes
  3. Koupin Carignan - Gustavo Martinez
  4. Tempranillo - Bodegas Moraza
  5. Malaspiedras - Compañón Arrieta
  6. Genestas - Estezargues
  7. “Pituko” Rosé - Viña Echeverria
  8. Les Casildes - Celler Les Foes
  9. Tete Nat Igny Ruse - Les Tetes
  10. Hupnos - Sous Le Vegetal
  11. Cric Cric - Clos Lentiscus
  12. Zini - Ziniel
  13. Wine Evaluation Sheet

    El Grano Carménère - Valade & Transandine

    Curico Valley - Chile


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    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

    "The Domaine is planted at 3200 vines per hectare, the grape varieties are Carménère in red and Chardonnay in white. Chile is the only country in the world whose vineyards are not affected by phylloxera. Many explanations have been put forward but none has been 100% validated. So the mystery remains. This unique characteristic allows the Domaine to favor mass selection over clonal selection, and therefore to maintain authenticity in the final product, as was still the case in France 150 years ago." - El Grano 

    Premiers Pas - Domaine des 2 Anes

    Corbières - France


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    A dark ruby natural red wine with berry fruit flavors, hints of spice, fresh acidity, silky tannins, and a smooth jammy finish!

    Pairings: Bacon-Barbecued Brisket Flat, Ground Turkey Pasta, Meatball Pizza

    Serving Temperature: 55°- 60°F

    About Domaine des 2 Anes

    Domaine des 2 Anes Winemaker

    Magali Terrier, originally from the Beaujolais, worked in diverse wine-growing regions throughout France. In the late 1990’s, she began to seek out a terroir where she could freely express her passion for making extraordinary organic wine and that search led her to the Languedoc. She started the 2 Anes winery in the year 2000. -Jenny & Francois

    Koupin Carignan - Gustavo Martinez

    Itata Valley - Chile/span>



    A natural red wine with berry flavors on the palate, hints of spice, notes of smoked meat, medium tannins, and bright acidity!

    Pairings: Latin-Style Turkey, Ropa Vieja, Spicy Lamb Meatballs

    Serving Instructions: 55°- 60° F

    About Gustavo Martinez

    Gustavo Martinez winemaker=

    "All the cuvées are single varieties from single vineyards farmed by those growers he's been working alongside all these years, pushing them to dry farm and eliminating chemicals." - Selections de la Viña

    Tempranillo - Bodegas Moraza

    La Rioja - Spain



    A red berry fruit-forward natural wine with hints of spice, low acidity, grippy tann,ins and a raspberry finish!

    Pairings: Steak with Creamy Peppercorn Sauce, Buffalo Chicken Nachos, Barbeque Chicken Pizza

    Serving Instructions: 55°- 60°F

    About Bodegas Moraza

    Bodegas Moraza winemaker=

    For six generations, we have been cultivating our vines and making wine in the heart of the Golden Mile in Rioja Alta, more specifically in San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Àbalos. The considerable experience thus gained has taught us a profound respect for nature. All our vineyards are organically grown; we supervise our vines, exercising a minimum of control following biodynamic principles. - Zev Rovine

    Malaspiedras - Compañón Arrieta

    La Rioja - Spain



    A dry natural red wine with berry fruit flavors, herbaceous notes of pepper and mint, medium acidity, high tannins, and a sweet finish!

    Pairings: Chile Relleno, Beefy Nacho Cheese Wrap, BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

    Serving Instructions: 55°- 60°F

    About Compañón Arrieta

    Compañón Arrieta Winemaker

    Their estate is made up of 4 ha spread across 17 mini parcels, all of which bush pruned vines averaging 50 years of age under organic certification. These vineyards have been in their family for three generations but it wasn’t until 1982 that they built their bodega and started making wine. Unfortunately they weren’t bottling it, but selling it in bulk to some of the bigger houses like CVNE, El Coto, Marqués de Riscal, etc. In 2010, with Gorka and Itxaso at the helm, they started bottling their own wines under the Herrigoia label. The name is a reference to the part of Lanciego where their bodega and most of their vineyards are located. In Basque herri means town and goia means up, translated let’s just say it means uptown higher grounds resulting in fresh wines with great acidity. - Selections de la Vina

    Genestas - Estezargues

    Southern Rhone - France



    A ruby-colored natural red wine with dark berry fruit flavors, hints of spice, balanced acidity, brambly tannins, and a citrusy finish!

    Pairings: Garlic and Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops, BBQ Beef Chili, Grilled Chocolate Brownies in Oranges

    Serving Temperature: 60°- 68°F

    About Estezargues

    Estezargues Winemaker

    Estézargues was established in 1965 and, as early as the 1980s, shifted towards natural winemaking thanks to the arrival of Jean-François Nicq, a talented winemaker influenced by the ideas of natural wine legends like Marcel Lapierre. Nicq (now making wine in his own boutique Domaine des Foulards Rouges in Roussillon) put the cave firmly on track towards respectful farming and practically no additives in the cellar. No commercial yeast, no enzymes, no gum arabic, no acidifiers, and also almost no sulfur. “We use a minimal amount of SO2 at bottling if needed, to make sure the wines are safe even when exported overseas, but that’s it,” says Armelle Rouault, Estézargues’ congenial current CEO and winemaker as we chat on Google Meet, the tasting room of Covid-19 times. - Jenny & Francois

    “Pituko” Rosé - Eschverria

    Central Valley - Chile



    Dry natural rosé wine with berry and tropical fruit flavors, mild red floral notes, and a little prickle on the palate!

    Pairings: Smoked Salmon, Veggie Hummus Flatbread, Greek Mezze Platter

    Serving Instructions: 44°- 55°F

    About Viña EcheverriaViña Echeverria Winemaker

    Originally established to produce bulk wines, in 1990, the winery was converted to produce quality wines for export. In the following years, Echeverria was one of the few boutique wineries to emerge from Chile, and the first family winery from Chile to sell wine to Harrods in London. Eventually, the family started purchasing grapes, to compliment and build complexity to their wines. "We realized that to succeed and be different, we needed to be open," says Roberto Echeverria, the Technical Director Chief Winemaker, who's first solo vintage appeared on the market in 2001. With sustainable practices in the vineyard, Echevarria produces a wine for most every palate, while embracing a philosophy that's based on consistency. - T Edwards

    Les Casildes - Celler Les Foes

    Castelló - Spain



    A light-golden natural orange wine with tropical fruit flavors, light tannins, bright acidity with a nutty and almost beer-like finish

    Pairings: Fried Puntillitas with Squid Ink Aioli, Gazpacho, Thai Green Mango Salad

    Serving Instructions: 44°- 55°F

    About Celler Les Foes

    Celler Les Foes Winemaker

    "He (Roger) works with old vines of Monastrell and Macabeu but most of his production comes from about 3 hectares of vines he planted in 2009 making 2014 his first vintage. The soils in the region are composed mostly of clay loam and in certain areas there’s a calcareous rock layer called tapaz giving all of his wines chalky texture and minerality. All of his vineyards are farmed organically and treated with biodynamic preparations following the lunar calendar." - Selections de la Vina

    Tete Nat Igny Ruse - Les Tetes

    Loire - France



    This soft bubbly wine is described beautifully as "baked apple on a brioche bun". A bright and fresh tree fruit palate with a buttery, yeasty finish.

    Pairings: Sushi, Charcuterie, Grilled Vegetables Food

    Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F

    About Les Tetes

    Les Tètes is focused on bringing fresh and fruity competitively-priced wines that are grown organically and fermented with native yeasts and with only minimal sulfur added. In their own words, “Les Tétes is about friendship, and wines you drink with friends.” Les Tètes are produced at Le Pressoir, in the village of Panzoult. The vineyards are near Honoré de Balzac’s birthplace and Alexander Calder’s workshop, in the unspoiled landscape surrounding Château de Rigny-Ussé. The grapes of “Les Tètes Au Bois Dormant” (sparkling rosé and white) come directly from the domain of Château de Rigny-Ussé. “Les Parcelles” by Les Tètes are produced in very small quantities, on parcels (less then one hectar) among the most select AOC (Appellation d’Origine Controllée/controlled designation of origin) in Touraine. - Zev Rovine

    Hupnos - Sous Le Vegetal

    Samos - Greece



    A pale yellow natural white wine that has fresh tropical and citrus fruit flavors, medium tannins, tiny floral notes, dry on the palate with minerality!

    Pairings:  Bougiourdi, Greek Sausages, Pasta Sokolatina

    Serving Instructions: 38°- 45° 

    About Sous Le Vegetal

    Sous le Végétal is a collaborative wine project between Jason Ligas of Domaine Ligas and Patrick Bouju of Domaine la Bohéme. This project finds them on the beautiful island of Samos in Greece, located one mile off the coast of Turkey. Sous le Végétal actively avoids the industrial farming practices that dominate winemaking in Greece and have opted to do extensive work in the vineyards to restore a healthy permaculture for their vines and the rich assortment of volcanic soils. Their farming practices are biodynamic and organic, down to the utilization of herbs and natural balms to heal and protect the vines. -Zev Rovine Selections

    Cric Cric - Clos Lentiscus

    Penedes - Spain



    We hopped on the 1 case we could get of this grasshopper! A liter of fun, light, crispy white wine from Xarel-lo made from one of the best in Penedes! Crisp on the palate with hints of herbs, and both yellow and white fruit. Don't sleep on this one

    Pairings: Summer Salads, Picnics, Asian Food

    Serving Instructions: 38°- 45°F

    About Clos Lentiscus

    Clos Lentiscus Winemaker

    "Manel Arinyó (aka the bubble man) is making some of the most exciting sparkling wines—not just in Spain but in the world. If you were to blindly taste Clos Lentiscus, it is a real probability that you’d think you were tasting grower Champagne. Pepe Raventós from Raventós i Blanc is a strong advocate that the Penedès terroir produces sparkling wines of profound mineral expression that can compete with the best in the world; Manel’s Clos Lentiscus cuvées greatly support Pepe’s case. In 2001, Manel and his brother Joan returned to their family’s 14th century estate Can Ramon after the death of their father. Conventionally farming the land, their father sold the fruit instead of commercially selling wine. In the 19th and 20th centuries, Can Ramon had a successful history of selling wine to France and the American colonies (factors such as the Spanish Civil War, phylloxera and industrialization ultimately lead to its decline). Clos Lentiscus was created to recover the brilliance the estate once enjoyed and to continue the work of past generations.

    Zini - Ziniel

    Burgenland - Austria



    A deeper rosé/ramato wine from a beautiful blend of grapes in a liter bottle makes this a great price performer! Easy drinking and perfect for sharing.

    Pairings: Pork, Rich Fish, Pork Dumplings

    Serving Instructions: 45°- 50°F 

    About Ziniel

    If you put down a ball with us, it will stay where it is. That's because we're at the lowest point in Austria, so nothing moves without a nudge. We too are completely at peace here and in the middle of the universe .This is due to the innate fascination for the far-flung landscape with 360 degrees of all-round visibility and 180 degrees of sky. In that sense, we're more Buddhists than Rolling Stones. Free spirits, not city frocks. This also characterizes our wines, which tell of it in their very own way. Depending on origin and gradation, very simple and down-to-earth , straightforward and typical or stubborn, unmistakable and free . - Ziniel

    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!