I hopped up onto the sleek mid-century stool in the new Mission wine bar, 20 Spot and knew instantly this would be the spot. In my last post I implied that the mission was devoid of a good wine bar since Heart left the hood – well folks, as of late March, I’d been missing out.
As I admired the architecture, a picture perfectly painted by Daily Candy in their article on the space last month, under the glow of the lamps overhead that illuminated the reclaimed eucalyptus bar, I perused the BTG (by the glass) list. I noticed owner Bodhi Freedom was pouring, who upon introduction, I realized was the owner of Bacchus in Russian Hill. I was excited to try something weird. The words blurted out of my mouth…
I’d like to try a wine – with funky earthiness.
After double checking he heard me correctly (I suppose this is not a descriptor you hear from a customer all too often) Bodhi immediately pours me a glass and explained that it was his favorite on the list.
The wine was an Etna Rosso from the island of Sicily. The grape — Nerello Mascalese and confirmed to be a blend of Sangiovese and another unidentified grape. It was just my speed, and after a swig, I realized why. It was very similar to the Canary Island wine I tasted the week before at Terroir, farmed from soil dark brown in color, volcanic in origin, well-drained – almost sandy in some parts (from Vinity Wine Company). I would be sure to include this in my next tasting, as this unique selection was missing from my first Italian tasting, which was more of a big-picture overview given the complexity of the country’s wine growing regions.
The wine is very pretty, with cherry, herbs and flowers. It was delicate while maintaining the funky earthiness I was looking to enjoy. 20 Spot helped me uncover yet another gem, and I’m excited to return for my next glass.
2010 Graci Etna Rosso
Nerello Mascalese | Sicily, Italy