Wine Tasting – Chianti’s, Chocolate and Cheese

Our monthly wine club reconvened on Friday night, this time at the Pandya’s. We get together every month at a different home, with everyone bringing a wine and a dish consistent with the theme of the night. This was our 5th get together. It’s been a roaring success and I definately look forward to these every month. Good company, good conversation, good wine and good food – what’s not to like?

Our theme this month was Chianti’s and italian food. I really don’t know much about Chianti’s, being more of a cabernet sauvignon guy. The great thing about the wine club is that I get to try and appreciate so many different kinds of wines (and beer – that’s another blog ).

Over wine this month we developed a new rating system – stinky, doable (this comes from Johan who was the spark for the new rating system), decent, good, great. I hope this gets across our feelings about each wine better then the number system I’ve used to date.

On to the wines. This month we tried:

1. Ruffino Riserva Ducale, Chianti Classico, 2004 – Oaky, nice nose. We rated this a decent wine.

2. Rocca Delle Macie, Chianti Classicao, Riserva 2004 – very light wine, everything was light including the bouquet, body and flavor. Rated decent though below the 1st wine.

3. Vigneti La Selvanella, Chianti Classico, Riserva 2003 – best of the night, light color, lingering flavor, oaky. Rated good.

4. Frascole Chinati Rufina, 2004 – worst of the night. May have suffered from being drunk after #3. This was rated as doable, but barely. Left a sour taste in my mouth.

5. Tiziano Gold, Chianti Classico, 2003 – Mild flavor, nothing really memorable. Rated decent.

6. Peppoli, Chianti Classico, 2005 – Strong nose, but too young. Rated doable.

7. Carpineto, Chianti Classico, 2006 – Very young wine. The label has a picture of the flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. I think an Italian wine with a flemish painter on the bottle is just wrong, even if he lived there. We rated this as doable.

8. Da Vinci, Chianti Classico, 2006 – We rated this as a good wine.

9. Falesco, Marciliano, 2001, Cabernet Umbria – Not a chianti, but I had to take along a cabernet. The wine had a dark, purple color. Wine had a fair amount of residue. We rated this as good.

We tried a couple of very good cheeses too, including Aged Piave which was has a very nice sharp flavor and Soltocenere with truffles. This was a milder cheese, but also very good.

Our Belgian couple, Johan and Leen brought along Belgian chocolate too. This was excellent. Good chocolate needs to be savored and stimulate so many senses. This chocolate did that. It’s from chocolatier Raets-Putseys, made in Leuven (also known as Loubain), home of the oldest and best known university in Belgium.

Another great night. Next month my place with premium cabernet sauvignon’s. Not sure about teh food theme yet.

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