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AUSSIE RULES: Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux

IMG_6162.JPGDomaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux is a dual-named winery (which happens to look a bit like a shack) owned by Anton van Klopper, one of the wildmen of Australian winemaking. Along with James Eskine of Jauma and Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines, Anton is part of a group called the Natural Selection Theory. All three are committed to making wine as minimally as possible – a revolutionary idea in Australia. They’re part of a conversation just beginning to happen over there (and it’s going to be fascinating to listen to… because this is a country that doesn’t shy away from technical wine discussions.)

I love these wines. Not just because I managed to sneak in a visit to Anton’s farm/winery/shack during a trip to Australia a few years back. And not just because they are ‘natural.’ (And not just because they have really cool labels designed by his teenage daughter.) I love them because they are delicious and drinkable and reflect the madness and mischief of their maker. 

I hope you'll love them too.


Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: THE WHITE ONE

Domaine Lucci Gris Blanc 2015
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)

gris blanc.jpgPinot Gris. Pinot Grigio. Same grape, right? Yes, but not yes. "Gris" typically indicates a wine made in a fleshier, more complex style than your basic striped down "crisp white wine." And this one is no exception to that loose rule. It's definteily not stipped down version of anything. It's the saignee (bled off) white juice of the crazy pink Gris Gris above, fermented in a combination of ceramic and oak. It's fleshy and textured and almost opulent, but with an underlying minerality that's there if you look for it. Dare we say it's sexy? Yes, we dare.

Price $39.99


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Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: THE RED ONE

Domaine Lucci Wildman Pinot Noir 2015
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)

Wwldman noir.jpge're not sure what's behind the "Wildman" name. We've heard it makes reference to Tim Wildman, MW extraordinaire and leader of the fabulous James Busby wineland tours. Or it could easily refer to Anton himself - not a stretch given this is the man who's been known to wear hot pants to official Aussie tasting events. Or may it refers to the general wildness of the wine - whole bunch, nothing-done-to-it pinot noir that manages to be juicy and earthy, structured and gluggable, a touch funky but not at all dirty. If you've had the Noir de Florette, this one is the deeper, darker, very slightly more grown up version. It's awesome. And a great peek into all that's new and different... and wild... from the land down under.

Price $49.99



Common logic would state that you shouldn't drink last year's pink stuff. You want fresh! And new! And young! Because rose doesn’t age! At all! Ever! And while it’s true that many rosés don’t really benefit from extra time in the bottle, there are quite a few that do. They’re still charming and delicious and just the thing for a warm spring day, but they develop just a bit of extra complexity, which is a good thing. Even if you’re not paying attention to it, it’s there and will make your pink-drinking even more enjoyable. And the added bonus – the wines are usually excellent deals because our suppliers need to move them along and make room for the incoming YOUNG! FRESH! NEW! vintage to arrive. So better wine… for less money? What’s not to love?

Here are a few of our favorite “old” rosés. Break the rules. (And don't fear their less-than-virginal pink blush.) Grab a few bottles now. Because when they are gone, they’re gone for good. (Consider yourself warned.)


LAST YEAR'S ROSE: The One for People Who Don't Like Rose

Kaye Syrah Rose 2014 (Sonoma, California):

I really don’t know all that much about this wine. Syrah grapes. From the organic Solstice Vineyard in Sonoma, owned by Tony Coturri, a natural winemaker from the days before “natural wine” was a buzzy, cool-kid wine word. It’s unfined, unfiltered, nothing added, no color-stripping, etc. etc. etc. So all that good stuff is assumed. But what I do know for sure? It’s delicious. And very much in that category of “rose for people who don’t like rose.” Deeply colored – electric pink – with oomph and a bit of structure, layered and lushly textured. I had it at a tasting a few weeks back – one sip among many. I went back for more. I was told there were just two cases left. I took them. They’re here. So grab some!

Price: $23.99


LAST YEAR'S ROSE: The Pink Grapefruit One

Henri Milan Ma Terre Cotes de Provence Rose 2014 (Provence, France):

We love this one. But full warning – it’s unfined and unfiltered and that extra year in the bottle has resulted in a bit of sediment (well….maybe more than a bit). You see this in red wines with age, so it’s also expected in the pink ones – it just happened more quickly in this particular bottling. We’ll admit that the floaties can look a little scary in the bottle, but don’t let them frighten you off. Because you don’t want to miss this one – it’s tangy and tart with pink grapefruit notes. Breakfast wine, if you’re in need of one. Super refreshing – almost bracingly so. So just decant it. Or pour it slowly straight into your glass. Or plastic cup…. Because this one is just about perfect for porch pounding. (Or park bench pounding, if you’re not in possession of an actual porch.)

Price: $17.99


ROSE MADNESS: The One in the Box

Montebernardi Fuori Strada Off Road Rosado 2015 (Sicily, Italy):

We'll start with the technical stuff. It's not really wine in a box. It's wine in a Tetra Pak, which is a light, eco-efficient packaging method. It looks like a juice box, or those milk cartons you'll see in Europe. And while it has many advantages (one key advantage: it's light enough to take on a hike, should you want wine on your hike... doesn't everyone want wine on a hike?), prolonging the life of the wine once it's opened isn't one of them. That's what fancy bag-in-box technology does. And this is not that.

But enough technical jabbering. The wine? How's the wine? Well, it's super-tasty. Dry but not severely so. There's a nice punch of watermelon fruit and maybe a tiny hit of something spicy. It's organic. It's vegan (certified, even.) And its in liter size. The more the merrier.

Price: $13.99



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




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