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$100 / month / 3 bottles
Monthly focus on new-to-CA grape varieties
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Seven Percent is the movement celebrating and perpetuating varietal diversity in California. The lineup of winemakers and growers we work with are top of their class, making some of the most interesting and sought-after wines in the US, working with grapes very familiar in the Old World but new to California, perpetuating varietal diversity, and redefining California wine. We are very lucky to live amongst and represent so many rebels. 

WINE No.1: 
Arnot-Roberts “Old Vine White” / Riesling + Sylvaner (+ others/field blend) / Heinstein Vineyard, Sonoma County, California 2018

WINENo.2: 
Arnot-Roberts / Touriga Nacional Rosé / California 2019

WINE No.3: 
Arnot-Roberts Trousseau / North Coast, California 2018

WISH THEY ALL COULD BE CALIFORNIA GRAPES

Arnot-Roberts is the amalgamation of two friends, Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts who met all the way back in the 3rd grade. They grew up watching their hometown of Napa morph from a backwater farmer’s valley into an internationally famous wine region in just a couple decades, all the while seeing the 12% alcohol Cabernets served at the family table grow into the modern 100 pt juggernauts. Duncan and Nathan became obsessed with bikes, and while mountain-biking up and down the valley, they tuned in to the soil, geology, native plants and mini microclimates- all of which would translate to the terroir-hunt later on.

Nathan joined his father’s trade as a cooper building wine barrels while Duncan made wine in a few renowned wineries in Napa and Sonoma; and when the two made their first barrel of wine in 2001 in their basement, Nathan even rigged a plexiglass head for the barrel so the wine wouldn’t be in 100% new oak, a portent of the attention to detail that would make AR famous. The winery has grown slowly over 20 years, beginning with the classics like Cabernet and Syrah, and taking on some of the most remarkable- often experimental, vineyards in California. These days they still produce Cab, along with 11 other grape varieties from sites all over the map: Napa, Sonoma Coast, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Rita Hills, Clearlake, and the Foothills. They don’t own any of the over 20 vineyards they source from, but this frees them up to sniff out the most exceptional sites and work with only the most conscientious growers, and also to play with some of the unheralded seven % grapes that might just be the right fit in California.

GRAPE, GROWER & GLASS

$100 / month / 4 bottles
Small batch grower-producer wines
Single varietal wines from native Italian grape
Regional and cultural wine notes
Family Wineries / Traditional Techniques
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Learn to navigate the most complicated country in the wonderful world of wine. Once a month you receive four hand selected small batch production bottles of Italian wine. We share with you the stories of the people and terroir behind each one, the grape variety that makes the wine, and the regions of Italy that bring the whole story together. While normally one would say “crack ’em open!” at Bergamot Wine Co. we encourage you to take an extra moment to pause, dig in to the Tasting Notes for each month’s collection, and start expanding your wine knowledge one bottle, one winemaker, and one grape at a time.

Perks of the Club: Add unlimited bottles to your order for no additional shipping cost; Club discount on case purchases, exclusive email offers and deals on products and events.

WINE No.1:  
I Clivi / Ribolla Gialla / Venezia Giulia, Friuli, Italy 2018 

WINE No.2:  
Ronchi di Cialla / Friulano / Cialla, Friuli, Italy 2018

WINE No.3:  
Ferlat ‘PG’ / Pinot Grigio / Cormons, Friuli, Italy 2018

WINE No.4: 
Marco Sara / Schioppettino / Savorgnano, Friuli, Italy 2017

FRIULI FREEWHEELIN’

How we’ve made it this far in our Italian Club tasting through every Italian region and have barely yet acknowledged Friuli is mindbottling. You know… when your thoughts get all trapped up in a wine bottle? I digress. In the Northeastern corner of Italy along the border of Slovenia, tucked into the convergence of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, is a region that is renowned for producing the best white wines in the country. And here in Friuli, ‘White’ is a very loose term. More often an entire rainbow of colors from lemon green to straw,  from marigold to orange, and from copper to pink all count as white wines here. 

That may seem confusing but it’s all about the use of traditional winemaking methods that include longer contact between the wine and the grape skins. This region is pretty much ground zero for the Italian maestros in the heady world of ‘orange’ wines that more often get their color from oxidation. But it’s also the natural pigment of the grape that adds color, such as in this month’s Ramato. Yes, Pinot Grigio is naturally a pink wine. Friuli is also a storied home for wines made from some French native grapes; again, Pinot Grigio. In the next two months we will dig into the amazing wines of this corner of Italy and celebrate the love for this viticultural melting pot – Served up, of course, with some traditional Jota and Prosciutto San Danielle.  

– KEVIN WARDELL

EXCEPTIONAL BUBBLES

$125 / month / 1-2 bottles
grower-producer small batch Champagne
dosage, Cru sites and disgorgement dates
style distinction in each bottle
Grower Producer / Family Production
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Grower Champagne. It’s the sexiest two words put together in the English language. This Club is for those of you who seek exceptional bubbles and care about the craftsmanship of grower producers, as opposed to the more commercially known brands. And those who know, know that there is nothing else in the wine world quite like it. The Champagnes in this Club come from farmers who produce limited, small batch and hard to find wines, each dedicated to their specific unique artisan process. Learn more about the differences between Premier and Grand Cru sites, and why things like dosage and disgorgment dates are critical to learning more about what Grower Champagne you love, and why you love it.

Perks of the Club: Add unlimited bottles to your order for no additional shipping cost; Club discount on case purchases, exclusive email offers and deals on products and events.

Tarlant  “Zero” / Brut Nature / Chardonnay + Pinot Noir + Pinot Meunier / Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France NV

TARLANT ZERO MAGNUM

Tarlant  “Zero” / Brut Nature / Chardonnay + Pinot Noir + Pinot Meunier / Vallée de la Marne, Champagne, France NV

Grower-Producers: The Tarlants are truly a superlative hallmark in the Champagne region, with a deep history and stubborn pioneering spirit that persists to this day. The dynasty goes all the way back to their first planting in 1687 (we’re talking King Louis XIV times here!) when Pierre Tarlant cultivated his first vineyards in the Vallée de la Marne. Centuries later in the early 1900s, Louis Tarlant not only became the mayor of Oeuilly, but also helped lead the pioneering “grower” movement that aimed to protect the purity of Champagne’s production and resulted in the creation of the Champagne AOC in 1927. Then his son Jean-Mary continued the avant-garde spirit in the 70’s by bottling almost all of their estate with no dosage sweetener added, a totally iconoclastic move that was all but unheard of at the time, and a style that has come to define the family that has championed “zero” additions ever since. 

Benoît now farms and vinifies the entire estate as the 12th generation to work the land; managing a scattered 14 hectares spread far and wide over 55 parcels. In addition to plantings of Chardonnay and both Pinots, they also maintain a bit of the historical native varieties Arbanne, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc, with ungrafted parcels as old as 80 years. The vineyards are harvested and cellared separately according to their differing compositions of terroir: chalk, clay, sand and limestone. The fields are farmed organically with permanent cover crops and biodynamic preps as needed. The Tarlant lineage of rockstars has maintained its lengthy legacy of respect for the land, history and tradition (along with a healthy rebellious flair for the radical and experimental) while consistently turning out transformative and terroir-centric wines. 

Tasting notes: Tarlant is an acid-lover’s dream; it leads with a flash of electric, energetic vim and takes you down the rabbit hole to the butter and biscuits of a proper Mad Hatter’s tea party. Some subtle floral delights (red roses perhaps?) and brilliant bubbles flash with the allure of a truly dry champagne. And oh how we love a big bottle of bubbles…that large format scuba tank / rocket ship / fire extinguisher, that magnificent magnum, that fun-for-all-occasions big ol’ bottle. It is always a celebration no matter who, what, when or where it is popped…  just beware the jabberwock, I mean Jerobaum. 

Fine Details: 1/3 Chardonnay + 1/3 Pinot Meunier + 1/3 Pinot Noir. Stainless steel fermented with native yeasts, no malolactic, gravity movements only. Blended with aged reserve wine and stored sur lattes for several years. Zero dosage… say it loud and proud, zero!

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