As a daily reader, I find it to be incredibly insightful and a fantastic source for many amazing Italian wines. Jeremy was in town representing the Franciacorta Wine Consortium. Franciacorta is a small wine-producing area in Lombardy, northern Italy. It is famous for its high-quality sparkling wines, which are made very much in the image of Champagne. I have enjoyed many wines, especially Bellavista, from the region.
I always find the food at I Trulli to be really good, as it was today.
Beef Meatballs in tomato sauce
Grilled baby octopus with potatoes, pickled beans and black olives
Buffalo mozzarella, roasted peppers, arugula
Malloreddus, saffron dumplings of Sardinia with pork sausage and tomato
|Malloreddus Homemade Lasagna|
We began with 2012 SoloUva Franciacorta. From Franciacorta, this was a lively sparkler made with 100% Chardonnay that displayed nice balance and acidity. What is different here is that SoloUva (which I believe translates to only grape) does not add sugar to the secondary fermentation of the wine. Instead they freeze the grape must after the pressing. The frozen must is added to the wine prior to the second fermentation. I believe it will sell for around $25 a bottle when it reaches the U.S. market.
|Pic courtesy of Jeremy Parzen|
1978 Oddero Barolo. Brownish-red hue and an enticing, earthy aroma. This was very much alive and kept opening in the glass. The palate displayed great depth, complexity and focus and finished with considerable length. A great old bottle of wine.
1979 Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche di Castiglione Falletto. This was simply stunning. Slight bricking but for the most part a beautiful clear and transparent red hue that emitted the essence of the Piedmontese terroir on the nose. A round and delicious wine that showed no signs of decline.
1990 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Pora Barbaresco. Another stunning wine that is drinking at or near its peak, with no signs of letting up any time soon. Lots of earth and vibrant fruit on a balanced and focused palate. I am always amazed at the incredibly high quality of wines that comes from this co-operative.
1998 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Cascina Francia. This was just as glorious as the bottle I had at a Vinous group tasting a short while ago. As I said then and repeat now this is a round and delicious wine with fantastic purity, balance, finesse and focus. The finish was lengthy and elegant. A wine with soul!
1999 Giuseppe Mascarello Monprivato. I have found many Monprivato to be hit and miss lately. My last bottle of this was in 2010 and it was pretty much shut down. Today however was a different story. The wine was back on track. Earthy bouquet and nicely balanced palate with a long and elegant finish.