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WTN: Truffles w/Nebbiolo '47-'01, Champagne, CSH

by Dale Williams » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:31 pm

Ben and Wendy hosted our Bordeaux group for our almost annual white truffle dinner, with a Piedmont wine theme. A great night in their lovely apartment in Greenwich Village.

2011 Pierre Peters Les Chetillions
Yeasty, brisk,pears, needs a little time for me, but good B+

2009 Larmandier-Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize
Rounder, quite full, but with good crispness. Nice contrast to the Peters. B+

1993 Trimbach Clos St. Hune
In a lovely place, petrol and lemon, quite long, good 3 hours in. A-

Poached egg with shaved truffle
1947 Borgogno Barolo Riserva (red cap)
Soft, fragrant, pliant. Gentle older red but still good red fruit, some rose petal to indicate it’s Piedmontiness. B+/A-

1964 Borgogno Barolo Riserva (red cap)
Tar and leather over red fruit, equally enjoyable to me, but more classically Barolo. B+/A-

Tajarin (36 yolks to 1.3 kilos flour) with truffle
1962 Filippo Sobrero Barolo
Pretty tired, but some nice smoke and leather notes. B-

1962 Cappellano Barbaresco
Don’t think I’ve ever seen a Cappellano Barbaresco before. Fragrant, some sweet brown sugar notes showing the age, but acid structure and solid raspberry fruit, great showing for an unheralded vintage. B+

1998 Pertinace Castellizzano Barbaresco,
Young, herby, red cherry with some tar. B

Ben’s braised short ribs with wine sauce over polenta
1996 Giacosa Barbaresco
Structured, red cherry and cedar, good, B

1998 Giacosa Santo Stefano Barbaresco Riserva
Young but stunning. Brilliant red fruit, some light notes of herbs/anise and tar, excellent length. A-

1999 Giacosa Falletto Barolo
Red and black cherries, orange zest, floral. Lots of tannic structure. B+.

1996 A. Conterno Granbussia Barolo Riserva
Tar, mushrooms and vanilla, robust and tannic, hopefully oak will integrate, B/B+ for now


2001 Scavino Bric del Fiasc Barolo
Concentrated kirschy fruit, oak, not really my style. B-/C+

2001 Massolino Vigna Rionda Barolo Riserva

Well balanced, young, structured. B+

Homemade vanilla ice cream with truffles
1993 Monsanto Vin Santo La Chimera
I thought this thick and advanced, others liked more B-/C+

Great night with great people. Ben and Wendy did outstanding job on the food, and Suzanne was a great truffle rustler who overcame a supplier fail. Thanks all

Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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Re: WTN: Truffles w/Nebbiolo '47-'01, Champagne, CSH

by Rahsaan » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:33 pm

Dale Williams wrote:Homemade vanilla ice cream with truffles


Nice way of carrying the theme through to the very end!

Were the truffles incorporated into the ice cream, or shaved on top at serving?
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Re: WTN: Truffles w/Nebbiolo '47-'01, Champagne, CSH

by Dale Williams » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:38 pm

It's become a tradition (for everyone else, I still don't eat dessert)
The egg and pasta had traditional shavings, the ice cream was topped with grated (microplane) truffle
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Re: WTN: Truffles w/Nebbiolo '47-'01, Champagne, CSH

by David M. Bueker » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:02 pm

I have a few late 1990s/early 2000s Scavino wines in my cellar. Not really looking forward to them.
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