Welcome to The Spirit Haus, Amherst's Specialty Beverage Center

Good evening, 

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.  

Regards, 

Michael