We left Piemonte this morning after two and a half great days of tasting wine, enjoying amazing food and Spring like weather. The above was the best dish I had in Piemonte and the 2008, though very young, was pretty and went well with the dish.
Yesterday we visited Cascina Bongiovanni, a VERY small modernist producer in Castiglione di Faletto and Podere Luigi Einaudi in Dogliani. I will write more soon about the wines we tried.
Today we drove five hours between Dogliani to Montalcino to Fuligini. I have not been to Tuscany in nearly six years and boy I have I been missing out. Until today I enjoyed Brunello di Montalcino but now I LOVE it on the same degree as I love Barolo...I know that sounds crazy but the wines I tried today showed me that when a producer does not screw around in the vineyard and does not decided to follow fads (ie: new oak) the wines are not just amazing or good but affirming. After many months of hustle and bustle on the floor of Del Posto I needed some inspiration and I got it in spades today.
Each of these wines, yes even the 1997 (I have a so-so history with that vintage) got me to the place I needed. Though I enjoyed my time and the wines while in Piemonte, none of them woke me out of my post holiday work stupor...these three wines awakened the wine geek that had been sleeping. Each wine was pure, classic sangiovese and ethereal. Thank you Fuligni!