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Nedicus Maximus
Portland, ME
my passion for wine dragged me into this business at the tender age of 18
Interests: Wine, Hash running, Rowing, general adventuring and doing things other people think are bad ideas.
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This wine, the Macchiona, was so good when I drank it the other night that at first I wasn't going to write about it. I posted a picture on instagram and said good enough. But I didn't finish the bottle that night and when I tried it again the following night the Macchiona had gotten even better. So here we are. The Macchiona blew my mind. It's equal parts Barbera and Bonarda, from La Stoppa's best 65 year old vines, wild fermented and unfiltered. There's an old experienced knowing quality to this wine that I think comes from the slight... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Wines; Tasted!
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The new vintage of the Contadino has just arrived! Frank Cornelissen is an awesome guy who has one of those reality distortion fields that people talk about every now and then, often in reference to Steve Jobs. Frank just has an amazing amount of passion and dedication to making the most honest and natural wine expressions possible from Etna's north slope. His goal is to make wine that is the liquid representation of Etna's rock. This 2015 Contadino is a really lively and vivid wine that grabs your attention. It's so full of energy and raw joy that it's hard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage 2014 Grenache and Carignan from 100 year old vines. Matin Calme uses organic agriculture and very natural wine making. Aroma: this is straight up natural wine. Put it to your nose and right off the first whiff you know this is going to be a wild unapologetic fun ride. It smells like bloody beef, wet straw, fur, some dried tobacco, and rotten cherries. Can I still convince you it smells good? Really, trust me, the Mano a Mano smells like fun; it smells like a party in the woods at night in the late summer. Or at least it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Pierre Bonhomme Telquel Pierre Olivier Bonhomme has been making beautiful classic wines in central Loire for over a decade. This is a lovely fresh natural and thirst quenchingly lip smacking blend of Gamay and Grolleau. Totally natural winemaking. Available at Maine and Loire, Rosemont on Brighton, LeRoux Kitchen, Water's Edge Wines, and the Great Cranberry Island general Store. Pierre Bonhomme Touraine Sauvignon Blanc Here’s Pierre’s Sauvignon Blanc. It has the citrus and minerality you want, but the grapes were harvested riper so it has a lush deep texture and lots of mouth feel. This is an amazing layered complex white... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Domaine du Bel Air is a small family winery in the town of Restigne. Pierre and his son Rodolphe farm their 40 year old Cabernet Franc vines organically. The vines are planted on a mix of limestone and chalky clay. The grapes are hand harvested, the fermentation happens in cement tanks, and then 1/3 of the wine is aged in used 225L oak barrels. This is excellent, classic, and impressively ripe Cabernet Franc from the Loire. The wine has a dark slightly spicy aroma. There's juicy blackberry that hits you first but also aromas of cranberry and dried cherries. There's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Midsummer Cellars is a small winery in Saint Helena CA that focuses on just making excellent small production Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine: lot #264, is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that was all grown around the winery. Only 354 cases were produced. Midsummer Cellars is the winery of Rollie Heitz. Rollie grew up at Heitz Cellars making wine with his father but as Heitz Wine Cellars grew Rollie decided to leave so that he could continue working on a very small scale. This is absolutely fantastic powerful, grippy, old school Cabernet; drinking it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage 2015 Pierre Olivier Bonhomme's Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that's near and dear to my heart! Bonhomme's Touraine ranks in my all time list of best value natural wines. Pierre Bonhomme started making this wine and many others in a partnership with Thierry Puzelat at his family's winery: Clos de Tue Boeuf. Thierry's family has a long history of doing their own thing and preserving old wine making traditions and the wines were fantastic, but then Thierry's brother retired and he decided to devote himself exclusively to his family winery. That allowed Pierre Oliver to fully take responsibility... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Agnes and Rene Mosse started out owning a wine bar in Tours but eventually decided to sell it and try to become wine makers. Their professors at the local wine making program were legends like Thierry Puzelat and Christian Chaussard so they had a good foundation. They bought a 20 acre domaine in 1999 from a retiring wine maker who had no heirs to take it over and immediately set about de-chemicalizing and revitalizing the land. Over the years since, their drive and passion and attention to detail have brought them international attention and a reputation as some of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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This is always one of my favorite go to summer Rose's! Devenish has carried this for....wow, I think it's 6 years now! Rouviere is made by the Leydiere family on their estate that actually borders the Bandol appellation in Provence. They use organic agriculture and harvest over night to get the grapes into the winery at the coolest temperatures possible which helps preserve the aromatics. Aroma: And what aromatics it has! This is a really fresh pretty mix of floral smells with a little hint of that wild herbal Provence smell that these wines are famous for. I smell roses... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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There's a lot to look back on as I wait in Istanbul to board my flight back to the US. I was in Sicily for 8 days and I covered a lot of ground; not the full 400 K loop I had originally aimed for but about 200 Kilometers running around, through, and between some of Sicily's most important wine regions. Considering I ran all over mount Etna and through both Ragusa and Vittoria until I injured my left Achilles and couldn't run any more, I feel like I solidly achieved my goal of pushing my limits and getting as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Arriana works pretty exclusively in cement tanks. Both because it's totally neutral and gentle on the wine but also because it's easy to walk around on top, look in, do pump overs, and etc. The bottom picture is from down in her cellar. That's a root growing through the limestone on the wall. The vineyards in vittoria have just about 40 centimeters of sandy soil and then below that it's all limestone. Arriana doesn't irrigate so the vines roots have to go very deep to find water. It's not visible in this picture buy there were also visible salt deposits... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Today I went for an 18 mile run and then visited Arriana Occhipinti at Noon. I couldn't find direct bus service from Catania into Vittoria and I wanted to run more anyway, so I took the bus from Catania to Ragusa and then ran to Vittoria. There was a chain of steep hills I had to cross and this was the view coming down into Vittoria. The road up into the hills was beautiful but it eventually turned into a washed out and abandoned road. Here's the view of part of it that went through some abandoned buildings. After this... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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I visited Frank Cornelissen at his winery for the first time on the evening of the day I arrived in Solicchiata. It was my first full day in Sicily and I was a little rough from the 50+ Kilometre run up around Etna but after lying on my back with my legs up in the air and the mountain in the background, plus a shower, I felt pretty good. There's a lot of great pictures below and you should look through them, but I've decided to lead with my conclusion after seeing Frank's winery and spending a couple days with... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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I got out of the airport and was so excited to see Etna right there against the skyline I thought "Wow, it really is just that simple! I'll just start running towards that mountain and figure it all out once I get closer." Right. Thing is that there's no pedestrian exit from the airport. I ran one way and then another but it was all highways. So I ended up running through some crazy giant abandoned industrial area, an ancient tunnel only wide enough for one car at a time, innumerable dead end streets that ended because of gullies and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
My first day or so in Sicily didn't teach me much. I was excited to exit the plane and see Etna right up ahead in the distance, but I quickly discovered that there is no pedestrian exit from the airport. I don't know how I got out, but it involved an ancient one car wide tunnel, abandoned industrial areas, an Italian ghetto, and a lot of dead ends. I learned that side walks just aren't Italian and that Sicily has a lot of ornery wild dogs: Randazzu I think. Finally today I made it to Solicchiata up above Etna and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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A big part of our job as wine wholesalers that represent small wineries around the world is being able to pass on the stories of the families and individuals that make our wines. Devenish focuses on wines that are special because of the people that have poured their energy and passion into them, and because the wines honestly taste like the environments where the grapes were grown. The story and the context are very important, but the wine makers aren't here themselves to pass that info on. That's where Devenish comes in. Above is my tentatively planned route for Sicily... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Founded by Maurice Regnier back in the 60s with 2 hectares, Regnier David pioneered organics in Saumur back in the 70s. In 2002 Maurice's 20 year old son, Jean Francoise, took over farming and wine making responsibilities and has slowly grown the domaine to it's current 13 hectares. Father and son have stuck with a dedicated focus on traditional grape varieties and heritage clonal selections of them, propagated as cuttings from other local old vine vineyards. Jean Francois' Saumur Rouge Paradis comes from a micro AOC called Puy Notre Dame that was created in 2008. This is a 3 hectare... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Vintage: 2013 Aroma: Sanguineto has a reputation as one of the best truly classic Montepulciano producers and this sure smells like it. The aroma is a beautiful deep hearty dried cherry ,black pepper, candied licorice, black currant, and meat searing on a wood fire. Yeah, that all sounds kind of particular and fanciful, but this is a hell of a wine. Sanguineto to me is about the tops of what serious, deep, old school Sangiovese can be. Taste: There's more fruit but also more hardness and shell and structure the way that this drinks than what the aroma leads me... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Chastelet is a smaller (17 acre) winery at the edge of the Bordeaux appellation. Although Chastelet is only just south of the actual town of Bordeaux, most all the famous red wine that the world associates with "Bordeaux" is made north of the town or to the northeast on the Dordogne. The owners of Chastelet, Valerie and Sylvere bought the estate in 2008 and did the conversion to biodynamic practices. Sylvere had previously been a chef and Valerie an interior designer. Most of Chastelet's vines are 30-50 years old, but some are as old as 70 years. They use just... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Wines; Tasted!
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Caneva da Nani is a small 6 hectare operation up in the Valdobiaddene zone of Prosecco. Valdobiaddene is the highest altitude part of Prosecco and is considered to make the most expressive wines in the broader Prosecco area. Caneva da Nani is made by the Canello family in the village of Guia. They work naturally and this is an old heritage style of Prosecco that used to be popular locally but went out of style. The Col Fondo style is sparkling wine that finishes fermenting in the bottle and so still has it's natural yeast and sediment that gives it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Wines; Tasted!
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The best holiday of the year (if you love food and wine) is upon us! Here are some traditional and not so traditional ideas that we’re excited about. We'll be posting more specific and in depth posts about these over the coming weeks but here's a preview of the wines we're excited to celebrate Thanksgiving with Poco a Poco Pinot Noir 2014 (approximately $28) Luke Bass grew up in his family’s vineyard, Porter Bass, 9 miles from the ocean in Russian River. His parents bought the estate abandoned, converted to biodynamics, and literally brought it back to life. This Pinot... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Wines; Tasted!
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Formerly Puzelat Bonhomme but now just Bonhomme, this wine is a bit of a legend in the natural wine world. Thierry Puzelat and Pierre Olivier Bonhomme started making this and a range of other wines totally naturally and from organic grapes bought from their friends. The wines quickly gained a serious reputation because of their impressive quality and very reasonable prices. With this, the 2014 vintage, Pierre Bonhomme is exclusively running the show, Thierry Puzelat having stepped out to take up the reigns of his family's winery. Bonhomme's Touraine Sauvignon Blanc is made from organic grapes grown in the central... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Wines; Tasted!
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Tami is made by Arianna Occhipinti in Vittoria Sicily, near the south west coast, across the island from Syracuse. Arianna Occhipinti began leaning about wine when she was a teenager, studied wine making in university, but dropped out because she disagreed with the industrial methods of her professors. Click here to see a great video of her: Arianna on wine farming. She started with 1 hectare of vines that she leased at 21 and slowly, through hard manual work in the vineyards, attention to detail in the winery, and the support of her family and friends became an internationally recognized... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Wines; Tasted!
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Martin Texier is the son of Eric Texier: a sort of a legend in the natural wine movement. In a past life Eric was a French nuclear engineer, but he got fed up with the bureaucracy and lack of respect for the environment so he walked away to look for a vocation more closely and naturally tied to the earth. Texier started experimenting with wine making and eventually leased and then began buying vineyards in the Rhone. The rest is history. Martin Texier makes the l'indigene label as an experiment. Where his father will use some sulfur at bottling to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Wines; Tasted!