In case you missed it, Moxie (the wife) and I are on the Paleo diet. I have had no pizza or pasta for over three months and I feel better for it. JJ, my daughter loves pasta and is a self-proclaimed 9 year old vegetarian. This makes it really hard in our short-order kitchen to cater to all the various diets and preferences. So…. last night I let her chose. Spaghetti and Marinara sauce. I could not resist her charms and gave in, immediately seizing the opportunity to crack open an uncharted Brunello. The sauce was dressed up with loads of spicy Italian sausage and I loved every guilt laden mouthfull.
The wine was just ok though. It was touted as a 90 point wine with bright berry nuances and background notes of spice, cola, tobacco and leather. I got blackberry, tar and some earth but no tobacco, no leather and very little spice. What I did get was green tannins and a touch too much of acidity making this wine slightly unbalanced and off pointe. The flavors were decent, don’t get me wrong. The balance was very off-putting and I wish it would sort itself out. I love Brunello yet know so little about it. I was hoping for something delicious and was left wondering what happened. I sadly will give this 86 points and hope for the best. It cost me $25 on sale and will get 3 stars for now. Hoping for a miracle on the other three bottles I bought. Salut….