November 2021 | Red Club
Welcome to the November Red Club from MYSA Natural Wine!
A note from our founder:
Welcome to our November 2021 red bottle wine club! I have a lovely surprise with some cameos from my co-founder Nic throughout these videos so enjoy those and check out a couple funny bloopers at the bottom if you're looking for a quick laugh!
This month I have some really special bottles that could only fit in this club and some that we're stoked for you to have for Thanksgiving! Monkey Jacket was literally made for this occasion, so just do yourself a favor and bust it open! The Mencia from Constant Crush is out of this world and unlike any you'll have ever tried. Definitely bust it out to impress your family and tell them its the first Mencia planted in Oregon EVER! Potentially less impressive to your grammie but will make your friends stoked is Nestarec's newest line of wines with Nach. The bottle is a bizarre 1L but don't let it deceive you, the wine is stunning! Jouves's Malbec is a direct return to what Malbec once was, so you really can't go wrong here :)
- Monkey Jacket - Cruse Wines
- Les Escures - Fabien Jouves
- Mencia - Limited Addition
- Nach - Nestarec
- Terraces Red - Roterfaden & Rosswag (some boxes)
- Wine Evaluation Sheet
California - USADescription:
Bright red ruby in color with glimmers of burgundy. Very lively with aromas of strawberry, spices, and leather. On the palate the finish is smooth and expressive. Dried fruit, rhubarb, and red berry.
Pairings: Lamb, Pasta, Sausage
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Cruse Wines
"Cruse Wine Co. was an opportunity for Michael to showcase fruit driven and satisfying wines that are pleasurable, but seriously balanced and unapologetically California. The North Coast is near and dear to Michael, so he chose to focus on sites within the Napa Valley and Sonoma County to create his special wines. The one thing he didn’t want to do was to create another Pinot Noir or Cabernet, instead he found inspiration in varieties such as Valdiguie, Tannant, Carignan and St Laurent.
The flagship wine of Cruse Wine Co. is the red blend Monkey Jacket (the name inspired by an old, British sailor song). This wine embodies all the things Cruse Wine Co. is meant to be, as it’s a blend of Valdiguie, Carignan, Tannat, St Laurent and mixed field blend reds and provides incredible drinkability with brightness and ample structure. In addition to Monkey Jacket, Michael also makes small lots of single vineyard varietal wines from Valdiguie, Tannant, Syrah, Carignan and Chardonnay.
“But it’s the Cruse Wine Co. wines that best express who Michael Cruse is as a winemaker. Against a landscape that often feels dominated by either top-shelf Cabernet or acidic European emulations, the Cruse wines aim to reimagine what “table wine” can be: fruity, quaffable, affordable. And more than anything, they’re intensely loyal to their California origins.” –Esther Mobley, SF Chronicle - Skurnik"
Cahors - FranceDescription:
Dark purple in color with a beautiful nose of black fruit. The grapes were hand-picked from 25-year-old Malbec vines at an altitude of 350 meters. Velvety smooth on the palate with elegant tannins. Fruit such as blackberry, cherry, and hints of spice.
Pairings: Lamb, Stews, Steak
Serving Instructions: 50°- 55°
About Fabien Jouves
"Fabien Jouves’ family has a long history farming grapes in Cahors. The domaine is a 6th generation property and is located in Causses (literally meaning limestone plateaus), on the highest slopes of the Cahors appellation. His family’s 22 hectares sit atop the hills of Quercy at over 1,100 feet. The high elevation guarantees low nighttime temperatures, which partly explains the freshness and vivacity of the wines. In addition to his family’s holdings, Fabien purchased two other pieces of land; his property totals over 30 hectares.
Fabien Jouves' first vintage as the vigneron was in 2006. He initially intended to become a doctor, when in the early 2000s his parents were struggling with the family domaine and were going to sell it. He chose to help his parents and enrolled into the prestigious École du Vin de Bordeaux. Over the weekends, Fabien would drive to Cahors to take care of the vines. Upon graduation, he became the head of the domaine and immediately embarked to convert the viticulture to biodynamic. He says that when you work naturally in the vineyard and in the cellar wine is really the incarnation of the emotion of a winegrower, which is magical. Conversion began in 2004, and Demeter certified the domaine biodynamic in 2011. He is currently a member of the Renaissance des Appellations.
Fabien’s employs a non-interventionist vinification philosophy. The whole vinification process occurs naturally with spontaneous yeast. Various vessels are used to age the wines: concrete tanks, barrels, large foudres, and amphorae depending on the wine’s personality. His Vin de France (Vin de Soif) tier is his creative outlet, and showcases the grapes excluded from the modern AOC such as Jurançon Noir, Gamay and Chenin Blanc. Each of Fabien’s Vin de Terroir cuvées is a vineyard designate wine, which is why he uses a Burgundy bottle instead of the traditional Bordeaux. Similar to Burgundy, the focus is on showcasing the various differences in soil composition. Fabien even goes one step further and lists the soil type on the front label of each cuvée."
Oregon - USADescription:
The very first Mencia planted in the Willamette Valley AVA! This wine carries many of the traits of a Mencia from Ribeira Sacra. It's aromatic, complex, and incredibly food-friendly. This red is unique with notes of musk, spice, fruit, and floral. Tasting Notes: Complex and lively on the palate with blue fruit and hints of spice.
Pairings: Charcuterie, Spanish-style cheeses, peppery/meaty dishes.
Serving Temperature: 50°- 55°
About Limited Addition
Ltd.+ are our personal handmade wines raised from our collaborations with inspired farmers to develop a diverse and sustainable wine landscape in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. These wines are made from alternative varieties through thoughtful farming and winemaking practices. - Constant Crush
Moravia - Czech RepublicDescription:
Juicy juice! Even a 1-liter bottle may not seem to be enough. From the winemaker, Milan: "Nach is my tribute to the real Moravian reds, wines with lot of fruit and little alcohol so that you can drink heaps of them every day. " . Light bodied and full of fruity expressions.
Pairings: Soft Cheese, Schnitzel, Appetizers
Serving Temperature: 48°- 52
Milan Nestarec has quickly become the star winemaker of the Czech republic during the time we’ve been working with him. His wines display so much life, vitality, and originality, that they have become very sought after all over the world in a very short time. We are honored to have been working with his wines since 2014. The wines we are selling now represent the full evolution of his original vision: a full range of wines, from quaffable yet energetic and inexpensive wines like the forks and knives and liter bottlings of Nach and Bel, to the amazingly expressive skin fermented wines, made entirely without additions of sulfur. - From Jenny & Francois
Württemberg - Germany
A unique blend of Lemberger, Trollinger, Regent and Schwarzriesling grape from Germany. Fresh vibes with ruby red color, red fruits, vanilla, super smooth mouth feel with light tannin.
Pairings: Lamb, Mushroom, Soft Cheese
Serving Instructions: 48°- 52°
About Roterfaden & Rosswag
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!