My wife took me out to a local modern Italian restaurant last night for my birthday. . . and what a lovely wife she is! The bottle we chose to pair with our dinner was a Piedmont Nebbiolo from Enzo Boglietti in Italy. The waitress was very knowledgeable and described as having the mouth feel and finesse of a Pinot Noir with the tannin structure of a Cabernet (read: grippier and more drying). While I am not aiming to do a formal review here, I have to say that she was spot on. Much darker in color and flavor than I was expecting, the tannins seemed to resolve very well after the bottle was open a half hour or so. It was a very pleasant wine to drink and paired perfectly with the Brie and apple flat-bread concoction we ate as an appetizer. The only downside was that we ended up taking about a third of the bottle home with us and drinking it 3 hours after opening, found it had fallen almost completely apart. Given the $25 retail price tag on this wine, I would definitely buy it again and I applaud the wait staff at Savona in Dayton for knowing what they are talking about. At the risk of sounding snobby, I find that way too many restaurants, even those touting their wine selection, are satisfied with the fact that the wait staff just push whatever wine they have the most of in-stock and have probably never even tried it and have no knowledge of the wine beyond what they can read off of the list or bottle. Did you know that Italian wines make up more of the foreign imports into the U.S. than any other country? Cheers!
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March 30, 2012 Leave a comment