Michael & I went to the tasting last night! Although no carne cruda, we did partake in white truffles!
The wine line up:
2011 Roero Arneis
2010 Barbara D’Asti Tre Vigne
2009 Barbara D’Alba Scarrone
2008 Barolo Castiglione
2003 Barolo Lazzarito
2011 Moscato D’Asti
Crostini Duo – Cremini mushrooms with Robiola & fire roasted pepper & ceci
Risotto Tartufo – Carnaroli rice with shaved Alba white truffles
Stinco di Maiale – slow roasted pork shank
Bigne – puff pastry with pastry cream & chocolate gelato
We sampled the Arneis and the Barbara D’Asti with the Crostini. I thought the Arneis was fabulous with the mushroom and Robiola Crostini. I am a big fan of unoaked whites and Arneis delivers on all counts. The Barbara D’Asti was one of our favorites while at Vietti, so no surprise we greatly enjoyed it again last evening.
We tasted the Barbara D’asti also with the risotto – very nice combination. The Barbara D’Alba was more robust… I was getting more of a cherry nose than with the Barbara D’Asti – but again, went very well with the Risotto.
The Barolos… Castiglione is one of my favorites. And it was superb with the Stinco! Now the Lazzarito was a 2003 – they said was a hot year, not a great vintage (I forgot to check our vintage poster when we got home last night..) but supposedly this was was spectacular, limited supply, at $100 per bottle. Now this is my opinion and mine only, but I was very impressed. It was too tannic for my tastes and greatly preferred the Castiglione. Michael can chime in on this one 🙂
Lastly was the Moscato D’Asti. Love love love the Vietti Moscato – its not too sweet, its not to fizzy and goes great with pastry cream. Enough said.
We didnt buy any wines last night – there is another tasting of Vietti wines with their sister restuarant in February. At that one they will have the Nebbiolo Perbacco (one of my favorites) so we’ll make our purchases then!