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Friday, October 24, 2008

On 10:15 AM by The Bloggers @ 67 Wine   No comments
An old friend was in town on a rare visit; he lives in Singapore. When he lived on the Upper West Side, his favorite hangout was Carmine's, on 91st and Broadway. It ended up being ten of us for an old fashioned, Italian meal. We had Baked Clams, Shrimp Scampi and Steak Contadina.

For hearty food, we needed a hearty wine. The wine list got passed to me (no shock there) and my question to the table was how much do they want to spend on wine? They said to get something good, and not to worry about the price. You have to like that, right? From a very reasonably priced list, I chose a 1998 Talenti Brunello di Montalcino. As to be expected, it was rich and complex. The nose showed the kind of dark red fruit associated with good Sangiovese; black cherry and black raspberry. The fruit was backed by a subtle layer of spice; clove and allspice. The finish was just slightly earthy, but very nicely dry. The wine didn't have either the tannic grip one would find in a young Brunello, not the bracing acidity to be expected from other Sangiovese based wines such as Chianti. This one could easily be called smooth (a descriptor I generally dislike.) It was quite soft on the palate, but the complexity was more than sufficient to make me overlook the less rigid structure.

The wine was quite pleasing to the whole table - drinkers and mavens alike. In all, the whole evening was great. Old friends, solid food and good wine are perfect ingredients for a fun night out.



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