Wines Poured from the Lobster Rolls & Wine event at Bar Saeso.
Borgo Paglianetto Verdicchio Spumante 2017Regular price $38.00 Save $-38.00
Borgo Paglianetto is a relatively new winery born in 2008. In the central area of the Marche region are the vineyards that span the valley between Fabriano and Camerino. The wines come from the production area of Verdicchio di Matelica. This region is a short distance from the Adriatic Sea and dredged in the history of its vine growing. The closed-off Alta Valle dell ‘Esino within Matelica is unique in that it boasts north-south facing vineyards, in turn creating a unique microclimate for these vines. Borgo has a clear mantra of using the historic land to express terroir through quality and passion.
With a 2017 vintage, this traditional method Spumante uses Verdicchio from the best of the Borgo vineyard sites. The wines ages for 40 months on its lees. Due to its unique microclimate, quality, and ageing process, this wine easily gives Champagne a run for its money.
Ulacia, Txakoli de Getaria Rose 2020Regular price $23.00 Save $-23.00
Variety: Hondarrabi Beltza and Hondarrabi Zuri
Julian and Maia Ulacia’s small winery near the small fishing village of Getaria makes a mere 6000 cases of wine annually. Getaria is part of the Basque region, home to one of the most exciting wine and food scenes in all of Spain It is located a stone’s throw away from the coast and the French border. The wines here go perfectly with the local seafood. Even though much of Spain is known for its warmer climate wines, the Basque region is definitively cooler. The presentation of Ulacia’s Txacoli wine is an art here; the bartenders do what’s called the “high pour,” an effort to give these light zippy wines an added effervescent and foamy mouthfeel.
The Hondarrabi Beltza grapes come from 40 to 50 year old vines. Since this is a rose completed by blending both white and red grapes together, the grapes go through unique treatments. The reds undergo a three hour maceration while the white juice is added later to ferment together. It’s bottled just three months after harvest.
L'Archetipo, Rosato di Primitivo 2020Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Since the 80’s Francesco Valentino began to convert his land to organic farming, but he came to find he wanted more from the vitality of his vineyards. In 2000 he implemented biodynamic farming. These practices are thanks to his studies on Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist/thinker who touched on endless fields of human endeavor, including biodynamic farming. After a few years of biodynamics, he realized there was still something further to be done. Francesco studied the works of Masanobu Fukuoka, a farmer/philosopher known as the father of modern day natural farming. At long last, he implemented sustainable agriculture, in which all synergies in his vineyard ecosystem were linked: the Synergistic Agriculture, a balanced ecosystem.
This is a rosato made from the Primitivo grape from the region of Puglia. Fruit comes from clay and limestone from 22 year old vines. The maceration of the juice on their skins is 12 hours long and fermentation is done in stainless steel.
Serras del Priorat, Blanco 2020Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Grenache Blanc (Garnacha Blanca)
The year was 1997. A world-renowned winemaker had just shown Christopher Cannan and his wife, Charlotte, an abandoned vineyard just north of the Gratallops called “Figueres.” That same day, the entire Cannan family piled into their car and followed the winemaker, post-haste, to Barcelona. At a simple café, the Cannan’s purchased the 100-hectare estate. Initially, the terrain of the previously abandoned vineyards had to be prepared for planting. (A nearby grove of century-old olive trees needed to be re-worked as well.) Both undertakings were just the beginning of what would become the Cannan family’s quest. They traveled extensively in their spare time to work under some of the best winemakers in the world. Today, their combination of passion for the property and skill in the cellar sets these wines above the rest.
This is Grenache Blanc aged in stainless steel for a pure fresh expression of this variety. While the fruit flavors all verge towards green, there are still secondary characters of floral and herbal that go very well with seafood and light cheeses.
Centopassi, Catarratto Terre Rosse di Giabbascio 2018Regular price $20.00 Save $-20.00
Centopassi is the winemaking entity of the Consorzio Libera Terra Mediterraneo Cooperativa Sociale Onlus, a group of social co-operatives that cultivate lands seized from the mafia in Sicily. The cooperative oversees 94 hectares of vineyard area. Giovanni Ascione of Nanni Copè oversees the winemaking operation. The Upper Belice Corleonese area is particularly well suited to producing high-quality wines. Limestone peaks pop up along the highlands, and Mediterranean breezes keep the vines healthy. These high-altitude vines produce elegant, fresh, drinkable wines. In January, Decanter magazine said “On Sicily, Centopassi is the star. Not only does it make excellent, high-altitude wine, but it does so with grapes grown on land once owned by the Sicilian mafia...It’s remarkable what altitude can do.”
Contrary to the wine sounding like it’s red, the Catarratto is a white wine that comes from the “terre rosse” soils, which are red in color. Ageing of this wine is completed mostly in stainless steel, though a small bit is aged in clayver, a small stoneware container.
Taille Aux Loups, Vouvray Clos de la Bretonniere 2018Regular price $45.00 Save $-45.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Jacky Blot of Domaine de la Taille aux Loups is a rising star in the French and international wine scene. He produces his wine with true vision and no sacrifice, two attributes rarely seen in the commercial wine world today. While working as a wine broker in the Loire Valley, Blot came into contact with a winemaking family no longer capable of caring for their land. Believing the site needed to be respected and shown to the world, his inner voice urged him out of his office and into the vineyards. From this beginning, in 1989 he has since expanded his lands to include parcels in Vouvray, Montlouis, and Bourgueil. Though just across the river from Vouvray, Montlouis does not have the strong market grip of its neighbor. However, its vineyards and age of vines can produce wines that outshine just about anything.
This Chenin is coming from a monopole vineyard of Jacky Blot’s—La Bretonnière, in Noizay, a commune of Vouvray. While the vineyard clearly lies in Vouvray, it can no longer be labeled “Vouvray” as the AOC because Blot vinifies the wine across the Loire River at his cellar in Montlouis. He now must label his Vouvray wines as “Vin de France,” a depreciation of the wine’s worth. This was the effect of a law change that occurred several years ago. The vines from La Bretonnière are 50-60 years in age. The wine is aged in barrels, 20% of which is new.
Hubert Lamy, Santenay 1er Cru Blanc "Clos des Gravieres" 2016Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
Lamy has been a well-kept secret, but the cat’s outta the bag, and this name is on the rise toward stardom. The domaine, started by father Hubert in 1973, is now helmed by son Olivier, who joined the ranks in 1995, during a time transformation and great growth -increasing from eight to eighteen hectares, planted over twenty appellations – for the winery. Olivier’s time working and tasting elsewhere brought new dimension to the wines. The focus is on Chardonnay, which accounts for 80% of their plantings. Olivier’s are elevated and linear.
Juliet asked what’s in a name, and in this case, it would be pleasantly confirmed that what you see is what you get. Gravier is French for gravel, and while still substantial, as one might expect and hope to find in a white Burgundy, due to the site’s stony top soils, this cru has more elegance and minerality than other plantings in Santenay. Think saline and chalky, citrus and pear.
Domaine de Fa, Fleurie Roche Guillon 2018Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
The brothers Antoine and Maxime were in hot pursuit of new challenges beyond the Rhone valley due likely to their love for the Gamay grape. And so began their new endeavor as a force to be reckoned with in a region currently experiencing viticultural renaissance. The granite hillsides are excellent for making a dense and chiseled example of Beaujolais while still remaining fresh and crushable. The brothers are making all the appropriate decisions in keeping their grapes organic, the vineyards biodynamic, and the winery itself sustainable.
Roche Guillon is located at 300 meters and is one of the highest vineyards in Fleurie with 45+ year old vines.
COS, Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2016Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Nero d'Avola, Frappato
Giusto Occhipinti of COS is one of the most critical names in Italy. COS was founded by three friends to make traditional wine with respect for the place the grapes are grown. During their first harvest in 1980, they were the youngest wine producers in Italy. The acronym of their three last names forms “COS.” They were early adopters to Biodynamic farming, starting a movement on the island, which are still golden standards. The friends are hard workers, using an old winery given to them by a family friend and opting to use terracotta vases for ageing, a completely neutral vessel. Sicily has just one DOCG—Cerasuolo di Vittoria; the friends were the first winery to bottle a DOCG wine in Sicily. COS is located in Vittoria, the farthest tip of southeastern Sicily. The area recalls that of Africa, with its climate and land of red, ochre, and yellow tones.
Fermentation begins in concrete followed by ageing in Slavonian oak for 18 months, and then another year in bottle before it’s released. This wine can go into the cellar, though can still be enjoyed now. It is smooth and delicate, pairing well with many Mediterranean dishes.
Hirsch Vineyards, Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault 2016Regular price $70.00 Save $-70.00
Variety: Pinot Noir
Stand above the fog line and glimpse the power of the Pacific at 1500 ft. elevation and you’ll begin to understand what attracted David Hirsch to his extreme site back in 1980. Hirsch was not born into the wine world. Rather he was a lover of pinot noir, more specifically Burgundy, to which I can very much relate. Buying and selling textiles between the US and France, he reached a turning point. The lure of a quiet farm life with his family brought him to Fort-Ross Seaview, on the Sonoma coast, just three hours from San Francisco. The property sits on a ridge line, cleared of redwoods and fir trees with a climate that is incredibly coastal. Straddling the San Andreas Fault, the soils are intensely complex. Most world class vineyard sites are known for only having a few soils. Hirsch, on the other hand, has 44 different soil types. It should come as no surprise that this is one of the most expressive and important vineyards in the US.
The San Andreas Fault Estate Pinot Noir is the flagship wine from Hirsch, and the wine that represents the summation of the complex vineyard. David Hirsch says if you drink only one of his wines this should be it. It's 100% estate and 100% Hirsch.
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup, Languedoc Pic Saint Loup Cuvée Sainte Agnes Rouge 2018Regular price $30.00 Save $-30.00
Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup has quite the legend following it. In medieval times, there were three lords of the Languedoc entranced by the beauty of a princess. She vowed to give herself to the most gallant, Christian man. The lords traveled to Jerusalem on a crusade to defend the tomb of Christ; upon returning, they discovered the princess’ death. In their grief, they each retreated to nearby mountains, living their lives as hermits. “Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup” translates to a hermit dwelling; Saint Loup Peak was named for one of the princess’ suitors. The three Ravaille brothers now operate the winery, their family having lived in the Languedoc for over 1000 years. The emblem of three fish not only reiterates the story of the three suitors, but also the fraternal bond of the three brothers.
Blended together are the classic varieties of the Languedoc: Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre from 40-50 year old vines. Ageing takes place in barrels over one year, 10-20% of which is new. This bottle is one with enormous ageing potential.
Enfield Wine Company, Pretty Horses 2018Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
Variety: Tempranillo, Graciano
Enfield Wine Co. is the passion project of John Lockwood and his wife Amy Seese. Founded in 2010, the project is very young, but despite that has recently started to gain attention nationwide. I first started to taste with John in 2013 and have been championing the honest wines ever since. These are truly some of my favorites from California. John only uses native yeast and the wine is never filtered or cold stabilized. John’s passion is contagious and I’m thrilled to pass it along to you.
Winemaking: Both lots were co-fermented with 5% Graciano for brightness and acidity. The bunches were partially de-stemmed into an open top fermenter where the grapes were gently foot tread and punched down 1-2 times a day during a native yeast fermentation. The wine was aged for 14 months in neutral oak barrels including approximately 20% American Oak.