July 15th, 2011

Sarah Goes To work for a pizza party.

A pizza party calls for pizza wine. Not surprisingly we opened a line-up of Italian bottles, four wines from three regions of Italy.

2009 Giacosa Dolcetto: dark black fruits, floral, chalk. It opened up to show more plum violets ink earth and black cherry with chalky tannins.

Frank Cornelissen Contadino 7: watermelon jolly rancher, cucumber, cranberry, fennel (pickling spices). The palate was spritzy, like a tank sample, with watermelon jolly rancher, chalk, hay, and a barnyard funk. The palate is light with high acidity. A strange brew that is a new definition of wine.

2007 la Maialina Chianti Classico Riserva: sour cherry, horse hair, raspberry. After an hour the nose showed aromas of dried sour cherry, glycerin, baking spice, and rubber. The palate had more pleasant red fruits: sour cherry, red currant, and cranberry with chalky tannins and high acidity.

2004 Felsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva: a subtle example with a velvety palate, fine chalky tannins, and flavors of sour cherry, cedar, cigar box, leather, and glycerin on the nose and palate.

After tasting these I think most would be better paired with pastas. Heartier dishes of meats braised with tomatoes and then tossed with golden strands of homemade pasta. The Dolcetto could go either way.