THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING, TONIGHT! 6-8PM: SERESIN FROM NZ
Winemakers at the Lions Club: New Zealand’s Seresin!
We love welcoming winemakers to Dandelion and giving you a chance to taste and talk with them! Tonight, Sara from Seresin Estate will be pouring a couple of New Zealand’s varietal strong suits – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Founded by cinematographer Michael Seresin, Seresin Estate respects the land as much as the light that falls on it, making wines slowly, with organic grapes and natural yeast, that reflect their region’s unique terroir. We once walked into a wine store and asked the gentleman working there what wine he thought would go well with a smokeable organic hallucinogen that only lasted ten minutes. He didn’t miss a beat before saying “New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc”. Although he did try to invite himself to the party, we think his recommendation had less to do with the Salvia than it did with the wine. A well-made New Zealand Sauvignon blanc shows off tropical flavors that few other wines offer (like passion fruit) but does so in a way that is neither cloying nor overly dramatic, instead opting for classic, dressed-down casual approach. The Pinots are the same way, offering an easy luxe that goes anywhere. Both are famously dextrous with food and at home on their own. Please come join us to taste through these beautiful wines!
Momo, Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Fruit from Seresin’s biodynamic vineyards is blended with sustainably grown grapes from another estate that are harvested in the evening and early morning hours to preserve freshness. The grapes are fermented at low temperatures and matured sur lie to lend depth and complexity to the mid palate. Aromas of lemongrass, herbs, and citrus are subtly integrated with the richly textured palate that features notes of ripe pear and passionfruit. The refreshing finish is crisp, dry and well-balanced. Organic and vegan. $17
Seresin Estate, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Bright, fresh and appealing, with vibrant passionfruit and lime flower notes, as well as hints of cut grass and chalky minerals, Seresin’s best-known wine is intense on the palate, with concentrated notes of gooseberry and subtle tropical fruits. Blended from several parcels across three different vineyard sites, with a small amount of Semillon blended in, the wine is pleasantly subtle on the nose with warm notes of ripe yellow stone-fruit, soft passion fruit and a chalky-mineral complexity. The palate is layered and finely-textured, with ripe gooseberry, tropical and citrus notes, framed by a mouth-watering acidity, which creates a persistent finish. You’ll find this textbook NZSB on more New York wine lists than you can shake a stick at! Organic, biodynamic and vegan. $25
Seresin Estate, Pinot Noir Leah Marlborough 2015
A blend from all of their vineyard sites, Leah is named after Michael Seresin’s daughter. Bright, fragrant berry-fruit aromas arrive up front, interlaced with spice and herbal notes. The wine is focused, concentrated, and light on its feet, with a succulent fruit core, framed by fine-grained tannins and a healthy acidity. Elegant and understated, with a pretty finish that begs another sip, this wine goes as well with a joint on the fire escape as it does with grilled salmon. Organic, biodynamic, vegan. $30
Seresin Estate, Pinot Noir Rachel 2013
Pommard powerful, with notes cinnamon & scorched cherry, winemaker Clive Dougall’s ability to mix structure and poise is showcased in this clear nod to the wines ofBurgundy. Also a blend from all three estate sites, this wine is named after Michael Seresin’s mother. Aromas of black fruit, truffle and chocolate presage a concentrated palate with a dense core of rich fruit, alongside savoury spice and herbal notes. Fine tannins and a long finish round out the picture. The vines are cropped to produce enough fruit for just one bottle per vine! Organic, biodynamic, vegan. $40