Nebbiolo from Langhe and Rosso from Montefalco provide a pleasant and flavorful surprise.
A Return To Montefalco
While that didn’t materialize, a bottle of Azienda Agricola Romanelli 2012 Montefalco Rosso did. Last week’s Italian wine dinner featured this red blend along with Germano Angelo Azienda 2010 Nebbiolo d’Alba “Visette” from the Langhe area of Italy’s Piedmont region.
It’s A Flashback To Rigatoni
We poured both wines to enjoy with our kale and super green salad along with rigatoni noodles slathered with red sauce. Although some might say this is “old school” we think the rigatoni noodles are better suited to hearty wines. Perhaps the hole in the middle helps you absorb wine better!
The Sangiovese contributed to a smooth, sleek wine, while the Sagrantino, which only grows in the Montefalco region, gives a bit of staccato firmness. From the start the Romanelli Montefalco was a luscious glass of wine that immediately added elegance to the meal.
We decanted the Germano Nebbiolo for about 30 minutes. This is a 2010 vintage and the complexity versus the Montefalco was immediately evident.
This is a deep dark wine with riffles of raspberry and chocolate. In fact, after we finished our meal our friend Maria dropped by and we enjoyed a killer pairing of dark chocolate with sea salt and the Germano Nebbiolo. The Nebbiolo is priced at an insanely low $24 SRP.
Sartori Montamore cheese and some aged Gouda also made a stellar match. In particular the creamy and tangy Montamore and the Romanelli Montefalco were great partners.
When pursuing wine excellence sometimes it is necessary to zig when others zag. These two fine wines are exemplars of great taste and solid value.
Full Disclaimer: We received these wines as marketing samples.