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No. 47: May 2019

The Wine Recommendations

AmByth Estate
2016 Mendo Scrumpy Spritz Hartless Cider

Where Mendocino, California
Grape Wild crab apples
Ag Organic
SO2 None added
Price$15
From the committed to natural and biodynamic Hart family in Paso Robles comes Gelert Hart’s ciders. And what a fabulous entry this is to the category. This one is from foraged Mendocino crab apples that Gelert fermented in old barrels on the skins of grenache blanc and roussanne for 13 months. Then he bottled and conditioned (refermented) with apple juice. This is a cute fizz, with lemony sourness, no tannin and very kombucha-like without the mouse! 3.6% ABV.

Cantina Ribelà
2017 Garbagoba Rosato

Where Lazio, Italy
Grape Cesanese
Ag Biodynamic
SO2 Moderate
Price$30
Daniele grafted cesanese onto old malvasia and managed to get this very pretty rosé from them. Raised in glass demi-john, this is one of his rare wines that shows some smoky reduction along with a hefty salinity and a rusty nail-like edge. From this weird description, you might think I didn’t like, but it’s earth driven and refreshing and yes, big thumbs up. Imported by SelectioNaturel.