Wines Poured from the Lobster Rolls & Wine event at Bar Saeso.
Ulacia, Txakoli de Getaria Rose 2021Regular 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.
Serras del Priorat, Blanco 2021Regular price $35.00 Save $-35.00
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.
COS, Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico 2017Regular price $36.00 Save $-36.00
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.
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.