Thursday, November 4, 2010

Consorzio Vino Chianti Reception and Dinner at Maialino Restaurant

On Monday October 25, 2010, The Consorzio Vino Chianti presented an exclusive reception and dinner at Maialino Restaurant, the newest restaurant from Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group, Maialino is a neighborhood Roman trattoria overlooking Gramercy Park. The dinner was more informal compared with the panel discussions and tastings earlier, and was a perfect end to the day.

The Menu

Salumi & Antipasti
Carciofini Fritti
Insalata Misticanza

Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe
Bombolotti all' Amatriciana

Pollo alla Diavolo
or Porchetta

Mixed Selection

The Wines

Badia di Morrona Il Sodi Del Paretaio Chianti DOCG 2009
85% Sangiovese, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, 10 months aged in stainless steel vats. Violet, ripe cherries, coffee, cocoa, mint with floral finish.

Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Gabbiano DOCG 2009
90% Sangiovese, 10% other red grapes from the area, 3 months of aging in stainless steel vats, a bouquet of super ripe cherries, red fruits, cocoa, and sage with an herbal infused honey. Freshness is apparent and a fine, mellow character displayed with an overall balance.

Melini Borghi d'Elsa Chianti DOCG 2009
85% Sangiovese Grosso with 15% Canaiolo, Malvasia, Trebbiano, Merlot, 3 months aging in stainless steel, more floral undertones mingling with forest floor, a bit of toasted nuts, ripe cherries and raspberries.

Piccini Chianti DOCG 2009
95% Sangiovese with 5% Ciliegiolo, fresh fruity cherries, red berries, soft tannins, smooth.

Ruffino Chianti 2009 DOCG
75% minimum Sangiovese and the balance Canaiolo and Colorino, 4 months in stainless steel and 2 months in bottle. Aromas of lavender and fruity undertones with a hints of gelato, and flavors of plums leading to a spicy laced finish.

Melini San Lorenzo Fattorie Melini Chianto DOCG 2008
85% Sangiovese Grosso with 15% Canaiolo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in stainless steel 4-5 months, raspberries and cassis with floral waves of violets, forest floor.

Ruffino Chianti Superiore 2008 DOCG
A minimum of 75% Sangiovese and other varieties including Canaiolo and Colorino, the best grapes are carefully selected from the harvest for the Superiore, aged in stainless steel vats for 7 months then three months in bottle. Ruby coloring in the glass with violet around the rim, aromas of black cherries, plums, along with flavors reflecting spices and black pepper, a long soft finish.

... and with dessert we sampled two delicious Vin Santo:

Badia Di Morrona VinSanto Del Chianti 2006 DOC
70% Trebbiano, 15% Malvasia Bianca, 15% Colombana, after the harvest, grapes are selected and hung from the ceiling until January, then aged in caratelli (small kegs) for 3 years, beautiful golden colors with apricot and almond bouquet.

Castelvecchio Chiacchierata Notturna VinSanto Del Chianti 2003 DOC
70% Trebbiano and 30% Sangiovese (that's right, Sangiovese), grapes are selected and hung from the ceiling until December, then aged in caratelli for 5 years, and 3 months in bottle before release. Intense perfumed aromas of dried fruits with honey and cocoa.

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