Full Body Reds
Broadside Cab $14.00
A nose of bright cherry, cassis and espresso followed by lush black berry and spice on the palate. Plenty of oak and plenty of everything good that comes in CA cab!
Pendulum Cabernet Sauvignon $18.00
Washington’s Columbia Valley has the warm days and cool nights required for structured but ripe cab. Oak-filled and smoky aromatics layer with flavors of caramelized sugar, deep coffee notes and hints of anise. Dried apple and nuances of tanned leather round out a long finish supported by fine tannins. One of our favorites, especially for the price!
Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zin $18.00
A staff favorite from her visit to Bitto, this organic and wild fermented zin has everything the "famous" ones have at a great price. Aromas of black cherry, ripe plum and raspberry fruit combine with a hint of graphite, cigar box, and vanilla-oak baking spice loveliness.
Be the first of your friends to try a Bolgheri DOC by the glass. Made with all French invaders, Cab Sauv, Merlot and Syrah, this is almost like a Bordeaux but from Italy. Intense and deep aromas of red berry and mature plums with hints of eucalyptus and liquorice. Come on, why not?
A blend of 78% 65 yr old Shiraz and 22% 90 yr old Grenache, the Wallace has a gorgeous nose of black raspberries, eucalyptus, kirsch and lavender plus ample Barossa black pepper, cloves and anise hints. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is soft, pepper-laced and seductive with impressive persistence and a lively acid and herb lift to the finish. Oak is light handed allowing lovely purity of fruit to show.
Laronde Desormes $25.00
From a stellar year in Bordeaux, this is classic styled but with a bit more rich and dark fruit showing big blackberry and plum aromas and flavors. Over a year in new oak helps with a firm structure and almost chewy texture. Nice wet stone and clay minerality too.
Clos Troteligotte, K Lys $26.00
Spicy aromas and flavors of plums, violets, and blackberry with focused mineral notes, rich texture and sturdy tannins. The iron chunks scattered atop this vineyard are so pure you could sell them to a smelter. Emmanuel farms organically with ease (he is above the fog line and therefore has no issues with mildew). Rows are plowed by horse. A remarkable and memorable Malbec.
On the north side of Etna, the Calabrettas are a fourth generation family of winemakers farming near 100 year old ungrafted, organic vines. Truly a remarkable wine. 10 years old and still a little tight but giving up huge leather, blueberries, violets and black licorice aromas and flavors. Pretty much buries any new world red blends costing twice as much.
Guido Porro Barolo $48.00
Don't recognize the label? Guido makes beautiful wine but shies from the limelight or even the daylight. Rugged vineyards in Serralunga are where you'll find him, not at festivals or tastings. Lazzairasco is a south facing amphitheater producing dense, powerful ripe fruit with the classic leather, roses and pekoe tea character. Classic styling but drinkable now, although just.
J.Wilkes Deal $58.00
While Napa gets the buzz and the latest rapper/race car driver/NBA player/Kardashian wanna-be buying up vineyards, down south in the Santa Maria Valley, some remarkably elegant wines are being crafted out of the limelight. Tectonic plates crashing into each other have created lateral valleys that run perpendicular to the coast. These funnel cool moist air through the valley creating a remarkable cool climate AVA despite being quite a ways south. I've been really impressed with these wines and we're happy to offer cru members a really special deal. Buying any of these at the vineyard runs $30 a bottle, wine.com the same. Luckily, some wineries and winemakers like what we are doing here at Bitto, supporting wines by smaller producers, ignoring the bogus ratings, encouraging guests to branch out, etc. To help us show what this valley can do and to help you get into these wines at the lowest possible price, they have provided this unique threesome for us to sell.
Matilde Gran Reserva Malbec $62.00
From 85 year old vines in a single vineyard in Lujan de Cujo comes a monster. Big menthol, mint, blackberry and coconut nose. Flavors of spice, licorice, blackberry in a dense inky body. A cellar candidate for sure but smooth and powerful today after 2 years on French oak. Still holding on to some acidity somehow, a last meal accompaniment to a perfect ribeye.
Truly a unique and stunning Merlot. Big vibrant nose of yeasty blackberry cobbler, sweet spice, plum and mocha. Crushed stone minerality with sassy acidity jump at you first followed by bright blackberry, baking spices, sweet leather and plenty of warm oak.
Amon Ra $92.00
The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.