Saturday Wine Gathering (Scala, Pacina, La Cassacia, Lamoresca, Casebianche)
338 College St., Amherst, MA 01002
Tomorrow, we will bounce around Italy to taste a handful of new arrivals (and one old favorite) that can all comfortably be referred to as organic, biodynamic and/or natural. Brief descriptions below:
Scala, Cirò Bianco (2018) - $14.99
Organically-farmed, 100% Greco grown just east of Cirò approximately 2 miles from the Calabrian coast. Crisp, floral nose with nicely balanced acidity. Think oysters or grilled fish with capers.
(roughly 15k bottles produced; certified organic since 2016)
Pacina, Il Secondo (2016) - $17.99
From the property of a 10th-century convent, in the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG on the southern side of Castelnuovo Berardenga, husband and wife team Stefano and Giovanna farm farro, chickpeas, lentils, olives and grapes--all organically. Their olive oil is stunning.
Il Secondo--95% Sangiovese and 5% Canaiolo/Ciliegiolo--is derived from 12-year-old-vines with natural yeast fermentation and aging occurring in concrete tanks. The wine is bottled without clarification or filtration. This will be fun to sample, as Stefano explains:
"2016 was a very particular vintage with a very long fermentation and some residual sugar also after one year and a half...as you know we don't add many sulfites....so something more happened in the bottles! Sorry for this but for us the wine is ok! Much better frizzante than a lot of sulfites..."
(14.8k bottles produced; no clarification/filtering; vegan)
La Cassacia, Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese Poggeto (2016) - $18.99
Organically-farmed since 2000, 100% Grignolino from the Alessandria province in Piedmont. Bright, clean and direct.
Lamoresca, Mascalisi (2015) - $38.99
The 2015 Mascalisi is comprised of 70% Nerello Mascalese from Mt. Etna and 30% Frappato from the home vineyard in San Cono, Sicily (southwest of Etna). Indigenous yeast fermentation, no fining, filtering or added sulfites.
Casebianche, Cilento Rosso Dellemore (2016) - $21.99
70% Aglianico, 20% Barbera, and 10% Pedirosso from two low-yielding vineyards that combine to 1.5 hectares in Campania. Big and juicy cherry/blackberry fruit with solid herbal presence and refreshing acidity. Organically-farmed alongside olive, citrus and fig trees. Casebianche's two sparkling Aglianicos will be arriving in store later this month.
(certified organic; practicing biodynamic; total winery production of 2500 cases)
Five wines in all accompanied by cheese, salumi and bread, the paid portion of which will be $4.
Thank you so much for your time and interest.