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Bring me an Old WIne and a Young Wine   5 comments

“You really are Mephistopheles!”

Me?  Really? 

This, the playful accusation hurled at me last night by good friend, B the Elder, at a dinner party co-hosted with Mrs. B the Elder, at their home.    

His remark may have been playful, but I think Mrs. B really thinks me to be The Heathen Incarnate.   

We sometimes refer to B the Elder as the Demon Deacon, owing to his affiliation with the church combined with his wicked sense of humor and penchant for practical jokes.  So I am Mephistopheles?  Dude, I only place temptation in thine path!  Yours is to choose to drink the nectar I place before thee. 

I arrived, as I often do, with my wine luggage in tow– a small black leather clad box with a handle for ease of transport, that can hold up to 3 bottles.  I did what a good friend does when invited for a meal at another’s home– I bring a vino or, in this case, three suitable to the occasion.   Two Barolos– Younger and Older.  And since I was requested to bring dessert, a Moscato d’Asti and some fluffy lemon-blueberry cookies from Food Safari.  So easy to make.  So damningly delicious.  

Consider this your exorcism by wine.

An who knows, it may lead to good things– perhaps even a very satisfying Don Giovanni moment. 

But I digress (yet again!).  

Oddero Barolo 1998 ($40).  Coming out of an excellent vintage for Barolo, with its Old School approach this was redolent of sweet black licorice with fennel, scented flowers and refined tannins on the palate.  This just exhibited an elegance on the palate that is very memorable.  A gorgeous example of why the wait is worth it.  Rated ***

Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2006

Cavallotto Barolo Bricco Boschis 2006 ($42).  Given it’s youth, we decanted this for a couple of hours.  With more of a New World approach, this released magnificent aromas of cherries and black licorice.   On the palate it exhibited a certain muscular power.  But it was an iron first in a velvet glove kind of thing.  Buy a few drink one now to satisfy your curiosity and lay the rest down for another 6 years.  Rated ***1/2  

 Elio Perrone Sourgal Moscato d’Asti 2010 ($14).  This is a time-honored favorite in our household.  A lively effervescence combed into the essence of lemon drop.  Young, lighthearted and sure leave you with a giggle in your throat.  With only 5% alcohol, this is the perfect beverage to finish off a Barolo dinner.  Rated ***

Conversation during dinner shifted among various topics– the most interesting being about religious beliefs and its place in our lives– past and present.  Perhaps not a good idea, since some of us have notions about organized religion that are at odds with the belief structures of our church-going dining companions. 

But being well into the second bottle of Barolo, we could not resist.  I won’t bore you with those details, but somethings really are more clear (at least to me) when wine is involved.  It reminds me of a quotation from Oscar Wilde, regarding absinthe (though I substitute a word here and there):

After the first [bottle], you see things as you wish they were.

After the second, you see things as they are not.

Finally, you see things as they really are, and that is the most horrible thing in the world.

Posted April 1, 2012 by Sybarite Sauvage in Food-Wine-Love