May 2021 | 6 Bottle Club
Welcome to the May 6 Bottle Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
This is a really FUN group for start of summer! From Slovenian piquette to multiple rose/light red options, to liter orange wines, you have a lot to work with this month! Check out our special guest in one of our videos this month and don't sleep on the AOP wines to mix it up from the typical natty scene. Enjoy and let us know what you think!
- Holly Berrigan, Founder, MYSA Natural Wine
La Mancha - Spain
Our first ever liter bottle of orange wine in a club! It really is the perfect fit for this type of season. Half Verdejo, half Sauvignon Blanc which is super traditional for this region. But it's not as traditional to have it with skin contact! Spent time on the skins for 5-7 days in 200L clay vessels and 4,000L used French oak vats with daily pump-overs. On the nose, grapefruit, citrus notes, it also has a little bit of herbaceousness to it. Refreshing and vibrant. The Sauvignon Blanc plays like first fiddle on the nose, the Verdejo really comes out more on the palate. The mouth feel is round and it has a great amount of texture. This wine definitely has a great tannic structure. You can really feel it coating your entire mouth and the finish is long. Notes of lychee, orange, floral, stone fruit, and peach. Extremely gulpable! Pairing wise, pork chops is the first thing that comes to mind, cheese, or even a board with hummus and tzatziki.
Pairings: Fish Tacos, Grilled Shrimp, Tapas
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
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
Loire Valley - France
Sancerre! So fun to have this one in the club as it is quite rare to find in the Natural Wine world! Slightly gold in color. Fresh, soft aromatics of candied lemon, petrol, green apples, citrus zest, and ripe pear. Candied lemon, and lime zest on the palate. Medium body and bright acidity combined with a long finish on the palate. An impressive, food-friendly Sauv Blanc! Try with lunch food like salad, a prosciutto sandwich, or a bean pasta with kale.
Pairings: Spicy Food, Goat Cheese, Shellfish
Serving Temperature: 48°-52°
About Francois Le Saint
Established in 1749 in the heart of Sancerre, Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley with a history that spans several generations. For centuries they have dedicated themselves to preserving and capturing the terroir and the noble Sauvignon grape varietal through an extensive range of appellation wines.
The Fouassier family’s rich winemaking history included Jules Fouassier, a very influential grape grower during the Phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th century. He was the first to utilize copper and sulphur on vines to combat disease, and also single-handedly planted the famous Clos Paradis vineyard in 1902. Jules eldest son, Gustave, won fame by participating in and winning a wine competition in Paris during the summer of 1923. At that time, the rest of France was unfamiliar with the wines of Sancerre, so this victory proved invaluable for showcasing the potential of the region. The newer parts of the winery were built in 1972 when the old cellars – dating back to the 16th century – became too small to accommodate expanding estate holdings. That same year, the Domaine changed their philosophy concerning the vinification process, as they strived to combine the best traditional practices with more modern techniques. - Francois Le Saint
Oregon - USADescription:
Surprise! We have Bree with us this month to chat about the Field Blend Cab Franc by Constant Crush! One of the first Cab Francs from the Willamette Valley! A cool climate, young, juicy, and lively Cab Franc. 100% whole-cluster fermentation for eight days. On the palate, fresh red fruit, hints of spice, and very gentle tannin. Try chilling before tasting for optimal pleasure! Pair with a BLT, charcuterie, mozzarella salad with balsamic, or lamb.
Pairings: Portobello Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Pork
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Constant Crush
Primorje - SloveniaDescription:
For a refresher, Piquette is basically taking the grapes that have already been pressed, adding water to them, letting it sit for another couple of weeks, then re-pressing it and letting it re-ferment. This normally gives it a low abv! Mainly made from Chardonnay. Casual yet exciting! A bit fizzy. On the nose, this Piquette gives off notes of light fruits such as pear and a teensy bit of stone fruit! Lime zest on the palate with some yeasty and funkiness. The perfect low alcohol sparkler for a sunny day with friends. Picnic food is perfect for this one!
Pairings: Summer Salads, Picnics, Shellfish
Serving Temperature: 42°- 48°
In the mid-12th century French Carthusian monks settled in this northeast region of Slovenia and planted it with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines. The Podkubovšek family, starting with Vlado and his son, Marko, has always cherished and been proud of this local heritage, hence the fact that all of their wines are made in a traditional style, where the vines and the microclimate speak for themselves. All of the grapes are strictly hand-picked on steep marl-rich slopes of up to 45°, and vinified with minimal intervention in the winemaking process. - Sanctum
California - USA
Strawberry starbursts, blueberry, tart red cherry, and cotton candy on the nose. Bright acidity up front, but with a fruity, fleshed out mid palate. Notes of juciy berry such as cherry, cranberry, herbs, gushers, and candied grape. Definitely slightly chill this one! Refreshing minerality on the back palate and a long, textured finish. Pair with a mezze platter, roasted chicken, grilled meats, junk foods, pizza, or chicken nuggets!
Pairings: Cheese Plate, Grilled Meat, Roasted Peppers
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Emme Wines
My name is Rosalind, and I farm grapes organically and make wine without additives.
I work within a likeminded community of grape-growers and winemakers in Northern California. 2018 marked the first year I set out to create something of my own, albeit with the welcome support of the talented people who surround me.
Wine, at its core, is about community. Countless hands are involved in every glass you drink – the growers who planted cuttings three generations ago; the field workers who prune the vines in winter, tend them throughout the year and pick the grapes come autumn; the winemakers and interns who footstomp those grapes, forklift bins of fermenting fruit from tank to press, and fill barrels with wine to rest before bottling; and the distributors, restaurateurs, and sommeliers who help bring that bottle to you. An incredible amount of labor and love goes into filling a glass with wine, and I am constantly reminded of and grateful for the community who makes all of it possible. I could not do this alone, nor would I want to.
Similarly, at the end of the day, wine should be enjoyed with your own community of friends and family. I aim to make fresh, bright wines that taste good, encourage thoughtful discussion, and ultimately bring people together.
rosalind reynolds - Emme Wines
Itata Valley - ChileDescription:
From grapes grown on 200-year old ungrafted and unirrigated vines in Chile. A bit salmon in color. On the nose, a bit savory with some baking spices like oregano and strawberry roll-up. Tart with great acidic structure on the palate. Flavors of blueberries and plum. Really nice long finish. Medium in body, high acidity and very drinkable. Order pizza to pair with this wine, or maybe try some chicken tendies out on the lawn. Grilled salmon with asparagus could also be an option!
Pairings: Fish, Tapas, Grilled Vegetables
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52°
About Onda Brava
Since 2013, I’ve been fortunate to spend a significant amount of time producing wines in Itata, Chile. Together with Leo Erazo and our friends and families, we’ve been exploring and furthering our understanding of the ancient own-rooted and unirrigated bush vines of the Itata hills. The resulting projects are Onda Brava and A Los Viñateros Bravos. - Onda Brava
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!