Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop and wine bar offering curbside pickup, local delivery, and shipping to 43 states.
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Free Delivery throughout the Triangle*
with an $89.99 Minimum Order
* Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Hillsborough, and Cary
We cannot ship to ND, NH, UT, MS, AL, VT, or KY.
Aged in bottle before release, Barrel Aged, Concrete Vat Fermented, Estate grown grapes, Hand harvested, Indigenous yeast fermented, Low Sulfur Vinification & Aging, Organically Grown Grapes, Unfined & Unfiltered
When the best grapes of Sangiovese go through a long maceration, the wine is refined in wood, and in the bottle, for a long time, and it becomes a great red. A medicine for the heart, the right companion for game or braised meat.
Production zone: San Gimignano
Soil composition: Clay
92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "[$75 list] The 2015 Sono Montenidoli is 100% Sangiovese. A powerful, hearty wine, the 2015 hits the palate with serious intensity. Black cherry, smoke, tobacco, licorice and game infuse the 2015 with tons of character. Readers will find a wine of substance and structure. Drink: 2021-2031. (Sep 2021)"
93 points Wine Spectator
The Montenidoli Colorino hails from Elisabetta Fagiuoli’s mountainside vineyards overlooking San Gimignano just west of Chianti Classico. While Fagiuoli’s most recognized wines are her whites from Vernaccia, we fell in love with her Colorino and "Sono" bottlings. Montenidoli is famous within the wine trade for sure, not just because of the consistent excellence (and organic pedigree) of the wines but because of its indefatigable proprietor, who, at eighty-something, is still regularly seen pouring her wines at industry tastings in the US, decked out like a proper signora and full of goodwill. She’s a true legend whose 50+ years in wine includes accolades from some of Italian wine’s biggest names (Luigi Veronelli; Giacomo Tachis; Giulio Gambelli), and her belief in both her land and herself is best summed up by the name “Sono Montenidoli” (“I am Montenidoli”). If you’re an Italian wine lover and haven’t experienced these wines, you must; if you already know Montenidoli, you know how special her wines are.
“Sono Montenidoli,” is a flagship bottling of 100% Sangiovese that will stand up to anything from Chianti Classico, Montepulciano, or Montalcino. And again, it’s not because it’s such a “big,” showy wine; it’s because it’s a complete wine with soaring aromatics and an earthy soul. The wine is aged for longer than most Brunello before its initial release (two years in used oak barriques; three years in bottle), and while it is a joy to drink now, there is still plenty of life still ahead of it. As a Sangiovese aficionado, I place this 2015 right up there with the best I’ve tasted in recent memory: black and red cherry, juicy cranberry, sweet tobacco, rose petals, and underbrush are presented in a very silky, refined package; none of Sangiovese’s sharp edges are on display, and oak-derived flavors are effectively non-existent. It is just fantastic after an hour-long decant.
LouElla is Downtown Durham's neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and event space offering curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The business takes its name and mission from owner and proprietor Campbell Davis's Great Aunt LouElla who was much beloved for her warmth, hospitality, and generous spirit. Whether we are serving you at the bar or helping you pick that perfect bottle to host your celebration, our mission is to share LouElla's hospitality with the community.
Owner & Manager
For Cam Davis, LouElla is the culmination of more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and beverage industry. Cam has successfully managed some of Durham’s finest locally and nationally recognized establishments, including Hutchin's Garage, Guglhupf, Rue Cler, and Durham Catering Company. He brings a wealth of wine and beverage knowledge, not only from his extensive restaurant experience, but also from his tenure as Durham Sales Manager for wine distributor Bordeaux, Fine and Rare.
316 West Geer St, Suite A, Durham, NC 27701
Tue. - Thu. 11am - 9pm
Fri. & Sat. 11am - 10pm
Sun. 11am - 8pm