Happy new year!
Our first vino for 2012 started off with 3 Italian wines, gutsy wines with plenty of impact. It was a pity that we did not prepare any foods to enjoy with it.
The Ripasso: Very young and herbaceous with a lot of acidity. Tastes of chinese bamboo underneath the pruny raisin syrup sweetness. Big alcoholic punch.
Ripassa di Zenato 2008, $248, Castello del Vino
The Amarone: Very sweet with high alcohol with viscosity like chocolate syrup. There were notes of dried figs and boiled meat like that of chinese pork bones soup. Rounded like a creme brulee, with a creamy texture and burnt sweetness of caramel.
Amarone della Valpolicella Classico 2006, Zenato, $478, Castello del Vino
The Brunello: I don’t know if it was really from the impact of “Les Gouttes de Dieu”, but like the winning Brunello in the manga, this bottle really reminded me of sweaty people. It might not sound appetizing, but come to think of it, I never tasted a wine that smelled like abused t-shirts. But anyways. It was a lovely wine, brassy, musky, crunchy with hints of leather. Not plush italian leather, but like macho harley davidson kind of leather. Not making any sense? Try it to believe it.
Valdicava 2003, Brunello di Montalcino, $450, Vins Gallery Limited
All in all, the 3 wines each had their characteristics, but they were much better the next day with food. The wines were relaxed, less tense, and paired very well with Chinese food. We bumped upon the food matching of leftover Brunello with sauteed morning glory in fermented bean curd sauce at a Temple Street dai pai dong. The creamy sauce was salty and nutty like parmigianno, which is the best thing to have with sangiovese. The dish brought out the fruity characteristics of the wine and mellowed out the tannins. Very yummy!
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