Tasting Notes with JMAN | Pici Bolognese & Brunello di Montalcino
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1/11/2018

2006 Casanuova Delle Cerbaie Brunello di Montalcino

A classic red from Tuscany, Italy. When many people think of Italian wine, Tuscany is a major player in the history and present day red wines. This wine is made from he greatest noble red grapes in Italy, Sangiovese. Sangiovese Grosso is the specific grape/clone used in the production of Brunello's and traditional producers only use native Italian varieties to make these wines. 

Cerbaie produces wines that offer, with age, a rustic quality and compliments food very very well. So if you find some from a "great" vintage, lay some down for ten to twenty years.......exciting to see how they mature. 

COLOR: Ruby core, garnet rim...

NOSE: Developed bouquet of roses, black cherry, wild strawberry, dried figs, anise, and forest floor...

PALATE: Dry, medium-high acid, lean yet firm tannins that are well integrated. More cherry, black licorice, and spice notes. Finish is medium-long. Drink soon!

Cheers,
Josh, The Sommelier


This wine pairs well with one of our staple dishes, Pici Bolognese. There is a fun story associated with the creation of this classic pasta dish on our menu. Many years ago Dave and I took a trip to Italy to attend Vin Italy (the largest wine exhibition in the world). It was my first time in Italy tasting authentic Italian food and when I returned, the dish that most inspired me and settled in my memory was one very simple pasta I had in Sirmione: Bolognese with Tagliatelle. What made this meal so magical? Simplicity. Butter, Parmigiano Regiano, fresh pasta, and a classic, succulent meat sauce. We serve our dish a little differently; our Venison, Pork and Veal Bolognese is accompanied with a  thick, fresh, spaghetti shaped noodle that also comes from Tuscany called Pici. I order our Pici noodle fresh from Marin Pasta Works, the owner Johnny is a good friend and truly makes an exceptional product. I had many fabulous meals in Italy and one epic dinner in Venice at Alle Testiere, but still to this day, the echoes of that trip to Lake Garda are heard in the form of tongs hitting sauté pans here at the Sociale kitchen. Mangia Mangia! 🍴 Tia Harrison

Pici Bolognese 

Tasting Notes with JMAN | Pork Belly & Germano Ettore Brut
Pork Belly & Ettore

2014 Germano Ettore Brut, Piedmont, Italy

Bam! Nice surprise when I first tasted this stuff.

Ettore produces fantastic Barolos but this sparkling wine made from 100% Nebbiolo is so delicious and complex. From a winemaking standpoint Nebbiolo is a challenge in the vineyard and at the winery, so it must be a challenge for the winemakers to turn Nebbiolo into a traditional method Sparkling rose.

From the Northwest region of Piedmont, Nebbiolo is one of the most famous Noble grapes of Italy. It’s high acid and tannin levels make this a red wine that has real potential for multi-decade aging.

-COLOR:  Light Salmon

-NOSE:  Aromas of black cherry, white flowers, earth, and some solid mineral notes to keep in balance

-PALATE:  Dry, medium-full body, lean, rustic, with a touch of tannins on the finish!

This is a great gift for wine enthusiasts who enjoy good quality and unique wines!

Cheers
Josh, The Sommelier


This tasty sparkling wine pairs perfectly with a new item on our January menu. I really love this dish - it has just the right amount of fun, flavor, and decadence you look for in a starter. We slow braise strips of pork belly that have been cured in salt and spices overnight. We then chill it and slice it to sear on the pick up. The crispy, savory, and rich meat is contrasted by house-made harissa and horseradish aioli. Fried chickpeas and micro cilantro finish the dish. 🍴 Tia Harrison

Pork Belly
Harissa, crispy chick peas, horseradish aioli, cilantro

 

 

 

Tasting Notes with JMAN
Ferghettina

Time for more bubbles?

For my first blog, it felt fitting to showcase a Franciacorta DOCG wine from the Lombardy region in Italy.

When it comes to the best sparkling wines of Italy check out Franciacorta. Franciacorta is classified as a DOCG area. Producers are allowed to use Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Bianco, but this bottling from Ferghettina is made from 100% Pinot Noir. 
Franciacorta is vinified in the traditional champagne method and goes through the same aging process (in the bottle) as Champagne.

-COLOR: is deep salmon pink, with tight bubbles

-NOSE: Delicate and inviting aromas of fresh red fruits and a touch of herbs.....

-PALATE: Youthful flavors of more red fruits, citrus, and a touch of toast. Medium in body, dry and a long finish. 

Though this wine is perfect on its own (and good friends) it echoes food well and can stand up to some of the heavier pasta dishes on our menu like Pappardelle Pasta with Braised Duck.

And it's PERFECT for breaking the New Year's Eve!!

Cheers
Josh, The Sommelier