Nü-Cali Reds

Regular price $146
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  • Freaky Level 2
    Traditional with a twist.
  • Hidden Gem
    Underrated regions, rare varietals and notable producers that we can’t wait to tell you about!
Nü-Cali Reds

Nü-Cali Reds

Regular price $146
/
  • Freaky Level 2
    Traditional with a twist.
  • Hidden Gem
    Underrated regions, rare varietals and notable producers that we can’t wait to tell you about!
Juicy & lifted lightweight reds
We adore these incredible wines from Populis and Les Lunes, a singular wine project with a light-handed take on classic California styles. Reversée is the saignée-adjacent juicy light red of our dreams, while the Astral and Cosmic blends are two distinct red-white blends with incredible vibrancy and texture.
We adore these incredible wines from Populis and Les Lunes, a singular wine project with a light-handed take on classic California styles. Reversée is the saignée-adjacent juicy light red of our dreams, while the Astral and Cosmic blends are tw. . .

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We adore these incredible wines from Populis and Les Lunes, a singular wine project with a light-handed take on classic California styles. Reversée is the saignée-adjacent juicy light red of our dreams, while the Astral and Cosmic blends are two distinct red-white blends with incredible vibrancy and texture.
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Zinfandel & Carignan & Pinot Noir, Mendocino County, California
A high-toned, crazy fresh, chillable red, with each grape variety undergoing separate fermentation in flextank to preserve maximum freshness. The Reversée is made using a technique the winemakers call the 'reverse saignée’ (sounds fancy!)— they take a third of the grapes, press them to rosé juice and add that back to the tank in order to decrease the concentration and make a lighter, snappier wine. The result is a nonchalant party red, equally happy with or without food, juicy & pretty, with an amiable nose of Swedish berry giving way to a palate of hazy pulpy blood orange soda. A smear of sour cherry jam, baskets of strawberries & raspberries, no need to overcomplicate things, it’s a fresh fruity red and that is OKAY. This is not a wine we need to make up a million weird words about, it’s a wine that we’re likelier to stop writing about mid-sentence so we can wander over to the fridge & crack open a perfectly cool bottle to drink on the fire escape while watching the wheels go by. Okay yeah, let’s go do that! YUM.

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Friends, Sonoma Valley, USA
This foresty cutie is a cheeky, natural reinterpretation of the classic Bordeaux blend. Time-honored pinch-hitters Cab Sauv, Cab Franc & Merlot get a little help from cameo appearances by their friends Zinfandel & Chenin Blanc, Chenin bringing a bit of glossy shine to the dinner party, Zinfandel an extra serving of juicy red fruit. As with the Astral Blend, each grape is fermented and aged separately, which gives us more pronounced varietal character from each grape. As always, Cab Sauv tends to be the lead singer of the band, the extroverted Leo who you can’t help but stare at when you first walk in the room. This wine is overarchingly green in the best possible way, juniper berry & pine, a walk through a forest in the middle of November, when the air is impossibly clear and every scent seems so vivid. This wine absolutely delivers on the promise of a Bordeaux blend, lusciously black-fruited & creeping towards full-bodied, but at the same time manages to retain the airy drinkability that is so synonymous with Les Lunes’ wines. Wild blueberry jam, fresh picked strawberry, still covered in dirt. Fine-boned tannins, a real crowd-pleaser, bring a bottle to dinner with your square parents to sell them on the endless possibilities of natural wine forever.

Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Chenin Blanc & Colombard, Sonoma Valley, USA
Wow! This wine is composed of such a ragtag gang of wildly divergent wine grapes, like when you have a birthday party & all your different friend groups get mixed in with your co-workers and, like, your cousins, and you’re kind of freaking out about whether everyone’s going to get along, but then the next thing you know your boss & childhood best friend are having a really intense conversation about life while your aunt & hairstylist do a karaoke duet & everything’s groovy! Adding further depth to this metaphor, every grape in the blend is vinified separately & using entirely different techniques before finally coming together for aging in a mixture of high-density polyethylene and neutral French oak barrels. Gossamer & ethereal, this is a focused, sprightly red that you just want to carry around in your pocket like the little ruby angel it is. Focused core of raspberry fruit leather, cold-pressed beet juice, & cherry coke (made with syrup at a diner), with a hint of spice from Sangiovese & shimmering Chenin texture. Zinfandels can often take up all the space in the room but this one just flutters about like a pixie, floral and cool.

Free pick up at our brand new shop (1247 Dundas Street West) or delivery across Ontario in 2-5 business days for $10 - $20 flat rate depending on region.

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