-Chicca Dolce Naturel Primitivo di Maduria 2007, $29.55 full-bottle
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Primo Spumante Brut Falanghina 2010, $18.80
The Food: we began with tomato bruschetta and olives with the celebratory spumante, a light combination. The antipasto continued with tomato and mozzarella salad with figs and prosciutto, accompanied by the Primadonna Chardonnay which had been barrel fermented until February of the following year. Just a kiss of oak was enough. And it carried through with the shrimp in lemon sauce. The Schiaccianoci was a match for the pungent tomato spaghetti pasta course, with plenty of room to contemplate the wine and its fruity oak. The main was a veal chop with veggies, matched with the Primitivo. Both wines (I had saved my first red) were well-knit with the chop. I had saved all my wines and used them for the cheese and fruit platter which stood in stead of the dessert. The Chicca, being sweet, also went well with the cheese.
The Downside: we started late, and it got very warm in our closed quarters.
The Upside: a chance to talk to Maria Teresa about her wines.