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 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. Hondarrabi Beltza is said to be descended from Cabernet Franc; you can taste the distinctive green pepper notes in this so often associated with that variety.
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.
Hirsch Vineyards, Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault 2019Regular price $75.00 Save $-75.00
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.