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Rhapsody in (a) Blue (Label): Sylvain Pataille

Burgundy - it can break your heart- and empty your wallet. The region is home to some of the most expensive wines in the world, but there are still pockets of value in some of the villages – if you know where to look. And that’s our job – to know where to look. Villages like Savigny-les-Beaune, Santenay, and Marsannay and good places to start, especially if you keep on the look out of the names of a handful of up-and-coming vignerons who are working minimally in the vineyard and the wineries.


Sylvain Pataille is one of those names. A former wine lab rat, he wanted to get closer to the vines, to see the grapes through from vine to bottle and beyond and began his own label about 15 years ago. (That's around 2001 for those of you doing the math.) We've worked with the wines for several years, and they have only gotten better. In our quest to provide Burgundy that's beautiful, classic and affordable, he's become one of our favorites. He's always flown a bit under the radar of the baller Burgundy crowd, but word is getting out: his Marsannay Rouge Clos du Roy 2013 was one of the bottles featured in the New York Times Home Wine School.

It shouldn’t be a surprise given that we sell it, but we really like this wine – it’s a pinot noir with structure and power without tipping into the rustic or brawny side of the scale. A classic example of the beauty of Burgundian pinot noir. Sure, there’s some fruit, but it’s not the lick-your-face happy fruit of so many warmer climate, new world wines. There’s an underlying earthiness to it, a subtly that’s what the best Burgundy is all about.

Even when it’s on a budget. (And yes, in the world of village-level and above Burgundy, $49.99 is a bit of a bargain.)

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Clos du Roy 2013
(Marsannay, Burgundy, France)

Price: $49.99



Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2014 (Fleurie, Beaujolais, France): 

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Fleurie and I love it. I love pretty much everything from Maison B. Perraud and buy as much as I can direct from one of my favorite importers, Jeffery Alpert. In many cases, to get these wines you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. And while French winemakers may be charming, Frankly Wines is much more convenient! 

So… the wine… it hits all the right “thinking wine” buttons – no mucking around in the winery, minimal sulfur addition, great care taken in the vineyards, blah blah blah. And bonus points because it’s quite delicious. It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill (don't be afraid, we're very serious about this) and can go for days without losing its tastiness. Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, underlying minerality and texture that manages to be a touch silky and crunchy all at once. (‘Crunchy??’ Yes, crunchy. Think of that snap of freshness when you bite into an apple. That’s crunchy. And it’s a very good thing.) Pick one up one to try. And then come back for more!

Price: $29.99



lamoresca mascalisi.jpgWe’re pretty sure that in The Godfather II, when Kay admonished Michael about “this Sicilian thing that’s been going on for 2000 years”, she wasn’t talking about wine.  But she could have been.  They’ve been making wine down there for a least that long.  But it’s really in recent years that the region has set the wine world a buzz (or aTwitter really.)  We’ve had a few Sicilian things in stock since we opened our doors seven years ago. The COS Cerasuolo was one of our can’t-fail red recommendations for anyone looking for something in the $30-range. And Arianna Occhipinti’s wines always add a little rock-star quality to the shelves whenever the allocations come out. But New York wine society has a certain always-searching-for-the-next-new-thing quality that I am not immune to. So I was thrilled to taste the wines of Lamoresca at a Zev Rovine portfolio tasting a while back.

Zev’s tastings are always a bit of an adventure. Way too many delicious wines in one place. Overflowing spit buckets (yes, even at Zev’s tastings, we must spit.) Nicolas Palazzi’s spirits set up somewhere along the bar. A couple random importer/distributors tucked away in the corner pouring things from Switzerland, or maybe that insane cassis. Price books that are about 80% complete (and that 80% will include descriptions like “Anfora Stuff. Price: ??? Arriving: soon.” And always something you weren’t quite looking for that seems to find you hidden among the madness.

filippo.jpgAt this particular tasting, it was the Lamoresca wines. Matt, from (well, not from…he is) the Italian wine importer SelectioNaturel, was pouring them – his latest finds from the region. I immediately wanted them all. The Rosso (a blend of nero d’avola and frappato – earthier and more rustic than the COS or Occhipinti), the Vermentino (crazy, voile-y, yet somehow not heavy), and the Nerocapitano (the old-school name for frappato, fresh, delicious, absolutely glugable.) Delicious, all of them. And a great backstory in vigneron Filippo Rizzo, who after years running a restaurant in Belgium, moved to Sicily with his (yes, Belgian) wife, bought a small bit of land, and spent a couple vintages working with his cult-worthy comrade, Frank Cornelissen.

And I cannot tell a lie – I was also thrilled that I could be one of the first to carry them. I love the Occhipinti wines, but if you were to only look at a certain segment of NY wine shops and restaurant lists, you would think they were everywhere. And at prices lower than what I could afford to sell them at (and I HATE looking expensive compared to other shops.) 

nerocapitano.jpgSo here was something new. And delicious. And brought in by an importer I was really happy to support. Made by a vigneron with a great story. So I put in my order for the full line up, whenever it would arrive (and remember, this is all at a Zev tasting, so the arrival date was…. well, 'soon'.)

Soon came. The wines arrived. And they quickly earned a permanent place (permanent being a permeable concept – there are stock gaps as these are tiny production bottlings) on the Frankly Wines shelf. Now, a couple years later (give or take a vintage or two,) Lamoresca is starting to be seen “everywhere”... or at least more often than 'no where.'

Which means Lamoresca is probably no longer the next-new thing on the New York wine scene. (That would be Georgia, the country, not the state.) But that's OK. Because Lamoresca is a Sicilian thing...2000 years and all that. It will do just fine.

We currently have several of these wines  in stock. The 100% frappatto Nerocapitano, a bit of the Rosso which blends happy frappatto with more brooding nero d'avola, a handful of bottles of the Bianco (vermentino that's a step above your usual "crisp Italian white", and the just-arrived Mascalisi which is nerello mascalese with a bit of grenache. On it's own, it's absolutely charming, excellent with a chill, possibly the perfect autumn red that can bridge warm sunny days and nights with a chill in the air.

Or you can cut straight to the chase and see what we currently have in stock by going to the WINES page and searching on LAMORESCA.


AN UNLIKLEY VINEYARD: More wines on the way.


We're (temporarily) out of Deirdre's wines. It looks like more than a few of you saw that feature in the New York Times. But more will be coming soon. We'll be getting the tiny production Grace and Favour still and sparkling, some Harlots and Ruffians, a bit of Lupo in Bocca, and maybe a touch more of the Ci Confondos. So if you'd like to be put in the loop, send us an email and we'll keep you posted.

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We've been lucky enough to host Deirdre Heekin, author of An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir and grower of otherworldly (OK, that other world = Vermont) wine for a number of in-shop tastings and book signing. She's poured us her just-released crop of petnat sparklers as well as her unique and delicious still wines. And now the secret is really out - her wines have just received a very large, very beautiful, very well-deserved feature in the New York Times!

We love selling Deirdre's wines. They are liquid proof that native grapes and New England weather are not incompatible with organic farming and beautiful wines. To see what's available, go to our WINES page and search on "garagista"

We also have copies of Deirdre's book, noted by the New York Times as one of last year’s top wine books, which spins a wonderfully practical account of realizing her vision of a living farm with a table at its center. Balancing rural romance with the real concerns of sinking hands into dirt, it’s filled with tips and inspiration for the existing gardener. And it will have armchair green thumbs ready to run off and buy a tractor. (Add it to your cart just below!) 

Price: $35




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