Unfortunately I did not take photos of the food, but suffice it so say that it was excellent. Since my wife and I would be attending a wine dinner featuring the wines of Franco Massolino's later in the evening, I paced myself accordingly and made an early exit but not before enjoying a bit of:
Homemade (Tony’s mom) dry sausage & sopresatta
Mozzarella di Bufala
Roasted Baby Peppers
Homemade pasta (Tony’s mom again) with sausage and meatballs (Tony’s wife)
Roasted Prime Ribs of Beef
Unfortunately a few of the wines were undrinkable.
1975 Chateau Musar: Corked
1985 Chateau Soldera Brunello di Montalcino: Oxidized and flawed.
1953 Chateau Lafite: I did not taste this wine, but was told later in the evening that the wine suffered from the same fate as the Soldera.
1996 Moët & Chandon Cuvée Dom Perignon. This bubbly is drinking beautifully and should do so for some time. Great depth and focus.
2010 Dominique Lafon Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots. Superb wine that showed fantastic depth with bracing acidity, stony minerality and a lengthy, almost bubblegum like finish. I preferred it to the Dom.
1993 Domain Maillard Pere et Fils Alex Corton 1er Cru. Big barnyard bouquet and brownish hue upon opening. Many felt the wine was bad, but I liked the smokey bacon bouquet and thought that given time the palate would evolve. I turned out to be right (happens once in a while) as the wine really blossomed after about an hour in the glass. The brownish hue became more ruby red and transparent and the barnyard funk blew off completely, leaving a delicious Burgundy.
2005 Bouchard Pere et Fils Beaune Greves L’Enfant Jesus. The first bottle opened was corked, but the second was awesome. I find that the 2005 Burgundies from top producers like Bouchard to be classic Burgundy style wines that are drinking beautifully now. One of the best wines of the luncheon.
1999 Soldera Brunello di Montacino. Easily the wine of the luncheon. This was classic Soldera, a wine with great balance, depth, focus and elegance.
2005 Opus One and 2005 Masseto. Two very young wines that have never been my cup of tea. I find them over extracted and ridiculously overpriced.
2004 Quintarelli Alzero. A magnificent wine that had it been given a few hours in a decanter probably would have nudged the Soldera as wine of the day. Everything was here, just a bit asleep upon opening.
Foccacia with Fall Flavors. Kale, mushrooms and grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese was paired with 2014 Massolino Langhe DOC Chardonnay. This turned out to be a terrific pairing. This was my first experience with a Massolino Chardonnay. Crisp fruit and a Burgundian palate made for a very nice glass of wine.
Lomo and Plum Aguadolce was was paired with 2014 Massolino Dolcetto d’Alba DOC. Lomo is the Spanish word for tenderloin. This plate was composed of a couple of slices of thinly sliced ham topped with Arugula in a sweet/sour sauce. It was delicious, pure and simple. Like the ham, the Dolcetto was delicious with lively pure fruit on a medium-bodied round palate. This was one of the best Dolcetto’s I have ever had. Franco explained that on day two of the fermentation process, 75% of the seeds are removed which leads to the roundness of the wine.
Lobster Risotto with Black Truffles was paired with 2012 Massolino Barolo Seralunga DOCG. Perfectly cooked risotto is al dente and creamy and this was just that…perfect. All the elements of the dish were in perfect harmony with each other…and with the Barolo. This bottling, the estate’s entry level, had fantastic freshness and ripe fruit that danced with elegance on the palate before finishing with very nice length.