From the “life could be worse” department…
The other night found me and Tracie B in the home of our dear friend Alfonso, who treated us to one of the best bottles of wine I’ve ever drunk in my life: 1968 Barolo Monfortino by Giacomo Conterno (steaks by Alfonso, photo by Tracie B). It was one of those truly life-changing wines, a miracle in a bottle and a wonder in the glass, at once light and lithe, powerful and awesome. I’ve tasted — tasted, mind you, not drunk — 55, 58, 61, and 71 (some of the greatest years for Langa in the 20th century). Martinelli calls the 1968 harvest “good” (not great) and the wine did have some vegetal notes that I believe were product of the vintage. But quality of the materia prima (there is superb fruit in nearly every vintage, sometimes less of it than more) and the winemaking approach (aged 10 years in botti before bottling according to the back label!) made for a wine that I will never forget.
Need I say more? Check out Tracie B’s tasting notes.
Carissimo Alfonso, grazie per una serata indimenticabile!
In other news…
The other day at Bistro Vatel in San Antonio, I enjoyed one of the best meals I’ve had since I moved to Texas (save for daily dining chez Tracie B!). Owner Damien Vatel is a descendant of legendary 17th-century French chef François Vatel.
The resulting photography is pretty darn sexy, if I do say so myself.
In other other news…
I’d like to mention two series of ampelographic posts that I’ve been following: the one by Alessandro Bindocci at Montalcino Report, who asks “Is Sangiovese Grosso really Grosso?” and the other by Susannah Gold at Avvinare, who is writing an English-language dictionary of Italian grape varieties.
i LOVE duck confit! i bet the Thivin was perfect.
wanna take me to dinner? ;)
Ehi boys (and girls…) next time you must invite also me to this fantastic tastings! (many apologies for my poor English…)
Evviva Barolo evviva il Monfortino!
’68 Monfortino! I love those magic moments. Traci’s description is very alluring. Please sir, may I have some… tertiary aromas with a chewy umami center.