Seconda colazione – Pork Ragu, 3 Dolcettos and more

Sunday’s celebration included the Tuscan ragu, this time with pork (remommend “darker” meat, like lamb or wild boar, as that gives the dish more depth).  Anyways, ragu made with Tuscan wine (sangiovese), and two salads made from local produce.  Champagne and white wine served, followed by 3 different dolcettos with the ragu.

The 2000 Brut Millésimé from Laurent Perrier showed remarkable freshness and intensity. Made from 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir, it’s a good value option with peach and nutty aromas, fruity and fresh on the palate, and a medium long citrusy finish.

The 2007 Bourgogne Blanc from Domaine Rémi Jobard is a fixture in our home.  Great value in most vintages, the 07 being no exception. Dry, fresh. Apple, butter, mineral, and herbs, with a hint of oak still (should shed it if it is cellared for a couple of years).

Sandrone’s 09 version of his Dolcetto is a powerful sample of the variety.  Should mellow with a year or two in the cellar. However, hard to put down such a fruit-forward easy-drinking bottle of wine.

Again, with the 09 Vietti Dolcetto d’Alba Tre Vigne, it’s a crime to drink it this young, although it’s structure and pure precision have people nodding their head around the table today. My personal favorite among today’s dolcettos. Dark berries and minerally, it is aged 6 months in Slovenian oak.

Elio Grasso’s 07 Dei Grassi, made from 30 year old vines from southfacing plot in Monforte, is fruity with a little bit of mineral and licorice. Most of all it’s a bit more elegant than today’s competitors, less structured than the Vietti, and a tad less fresh than the Sandrone (well, Sandrone was 09).  It got the nod from the majority around the table, but I personally think an 07 tasting of the three would add to the comparisons.

Anyways, a wonderful seconda colazione, wonderful guests, and wonderful wines. A celebration of the good life.

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