Imported by Tri-Vin Imports. Distributed domestically by DMV Distributing.
Michael Lavelle Zinfandel 2018
Michael Lavelle isn’t a winemaker, however a model created in 2020 by 4 companions: Aaron “Michael” Coad, Terrance “Lavelle” Low, Brandon Crump (all Howard College graduates) and Devin Kennedy (a D.C. native and Woodrow Wilson Excessive Faculty graduate). On their web site, they declare to be the “youngest Black-owned wine firm homeowners,” trying to fill “a obvious void in contemporary, culturally related wine craftsmanship provided and marketed in the direction of millennials and minority audiences.” They assist the Roots Fund, which promotes alternatives in wine for minorities. In addition they produce this beautiful zinfandel, an instance of why Lodi has emerged as certainly one of California’s most fun wine areas. This brings a smile from the primary sip, with flavors of Bing cherries, dried cranberries and aromas of loamy earth. Followers of old-style zinfandel ought to take notice and fill up. ABV: 14.2 %. BW: 705 grams (Heavy).
Distributed domestically by Breakthru Beverage Group. Retailer and restaurant availability data out there on the winery website.
Domaine de la Bonne Tonne, Grands Cras Morgon 2020
This vigorous pink from the Beaujolais cru appellation of Morgon is wealthy with cherry and bramble flavors. It exudes a way that I can solely describe as grounded — as if it have been connecting us on to the granitic soils of Beaujolais. The Grands Cras is aged primarily in concrete, with about 10 % in giant barrels, so we’re getting the pure expression of the gamay grapes from this terroir, unencumbered by oak. Licensed natural. ABV: 14 %. BW: 540 grams (Common).