Keep it natural, baby.
No Sapiens comes from a dry-farmed 20ha vineyard comprised of a mysterious grape
variety that remains unidentified. The farmer says it could be Dolcetto, the Téllez family
thinks maybe Cariñena due to it's sharp acidity, no one is quite sure and perhaps it
doesn't really matter as this wine shows its place beautifully. The head-pruned, ownrooted vines are planted close to the Pacific Ocean in the area of San Antonio de las
Minas in Ensenada, Baja California. The grapes were harvested by hand, de-stemmed
and fermented and raised entirely in steel tanks, and bottled without fining or filtration
and only 20 ppm of added SO2. No Sapiens is a fresh, medium-bodied Pacific red wine
with structure and acidity, red/black fruit and fine tannins. A perfect match for redsauced pasta or pizza, or anything off the grill.
Mexico has a centuries-long history of winemaking that has mostly gone under the
radar. Spanish conquistadores planted vines in the early 1500’s, before both Chile and
Argentina, and Baja California represents about 90% of the vines in the entire country
due to the ideal climate and geography. Brothers Noel & Jair Tellez, with the help of
Chilean (by way of Burgundy) winemaker Louis-Antoine Luyt, are producing amazingly
fresh and energetic wines from very old, recently recovered vineyards of Misión (aka
Listán Prieto), Rosa del Peru (aka Moscatel Negro), Tempranillo and Carinena, among
other varieties. Bichi means "naked" in some parts of northern Mexico, and for Téllez
and Luyt, it thus seemed like an appropriate name to give their new natural wine project.
Based at the Téllez family ranch in Tecate, just over the border from California, Bichi
farms 10 hectares of their own Tecate vineyards biodynamically and collaborates with a
growing family of organic farmers working vineyard land in Tecate and around Valle de
Guadalupe. The majority of the vines are head-trained and all are dry-farmed, handharvested, fermented with native yeast, and aged in neutral barrel or vat so that the
emphasis is on each wine’s Mexican terruño.
Katie and Denny,
We are your friendly, tiny, downtown wineshop and wine bar. We're here to share the most delicious selection of natural wines available in Louisiana with you.
Visit us to shop in person or order online and pick up in the shop.
210 E. Vermilion Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
Temporary Store Hours
Wednesday - Saturday