This passed weekend has been very snowy and cold in NYC so Michele and I decided to stay home. I was looking for a wine to drink and came across a1970 Brunello I was saving for our anniversary which is in July. But why wait?
Brunello di Montalcino 1970 Lisini. Made from 100% Sangiovese Grosso, also known as Brunello. Vineyards are at 300 to 350 meters. Some of the vines were planted between 1930 and 1940, others in 1967. In the oldest part of the vineyard are 200 vines planted in 1880. They are still their own roots (have not been grafted). At the time stainless steel tanks did not exist in Brunello. The wine was aged for 4 years in large Slavonian oak barrels. 1970 was a 5-Star vintage in Brunello. In 1970 there were only 25 producers of Brunello, making the Lisini Estate one of the oldest in Montalcino (Source “Italy’s Noble Red Wines” Wasserman). The wine had hints of cherry, rasperries, tar and balsamic notes. It went very well with the food.
We started with crostini topped with La Tur cheese, piquant tangerine mostarda and a few pine nuts
Michele made Pork Tenderloin Wild Boar Style with mushrooms, a recipe from Marcella Hazan.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Butter, Nutmeg and Parmigiano Reggiano.
Pork and sweet potatoes with roasted endive.
Caffe and ciambelline, my favorite cookies.
Another day, Michele was in the mood for Burgundy.
Savigny-les-Beaune “Lavieres” 1999. Robert Ampeau et Fils made from 100% made from 100% Pinot Noir. This is a complex and elegant wine, fruity but firm with hints of raspberry, blackberry, violets and a note of leather. It is drinking very nicely
Costini with Gruyere Cheese and Dried Tomatoes on homemade olive and rosemary focaccia.
Our main course was sauteed Duck Breast with Shallots and Red Wine. With it we had broccoli rabe with garlic and roasted butternut squash.Orange Cake with Walnuts and Golden Raisins for dessert
And of course we finished with a good cup of Caffe…
And a sip of grappa. What better way to take the chill from a cold day by ending the meal with Grappa. Traditional grappa Capo di Stato from Loredan Gasparini made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Somehow, we managed to pass a pleasant weekend, despite the snow and frigid temperatures.