I had a number of options in choosing what to pair with my osso buco. I did think local … really, I did. But in the end, I went to the terroir of the dish, I went to Northern Italy, and I selected from my cellar a wine that’s been sitting there for about 5 years, waiting. Now you might conclude from this that this must be an extraordinary wine, beyond your reach … why else did he keep it for that long? The truth is it is an affordable wine and easy to locate. And the fact is that I started cellaring it to see if it improved with a bit more age … and then I kinda forgot it was there … and half way through the cellaring I thought, well, you’ve kept it this long, you might as well save it for something special now. Enter my osso buco ….
A first taste is bright cherries and an under-ripe Italian prune-plum. With a buttery finish, it has a nice syrupy clinginess to it that belies the fact that is a $14 bottle of wine. Richly flavoured, this will stand up to strongly flavoured and acidic foods like the meaty rich tomato sauces of Northern Italy … but it’s an excellent and very affordable pairing with pizza as well.
As you can see, it pours a rich dark dark almost blackberry or black cherry … in other words, it looks like it tastes. Arguably, my experience is a bit different than many since it’s been in my cellar for so long, but 15 minutes in, the alcohol was less commanding and the wine just settled in for a beautiful petting of my palette. Still with excellent tanins, that’s why it stands up well to these foods. While the wine is what I’d say is medium-bodied and quite dry it also has a flavour that tastes sweet … the flavour, not the wine itself, if you get my distinction. The aftertaste with that inherent smooth creaminess reminds me of a cherry ripple ice cream at the end … and I just want another, and another, and another scoop.
Excellent excellent value. Buy it now, save a bottle or two if you’re inclined … or drink it now. However, if you do, I’d suggest an hour or two of decanting, depending on what you’re serving with it. But be to be clear, this is a wine to be paired with food … like most Italian wines.
- Price: $13.95
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Sweetness: Very dry
- Where to buy: LCBO
- Food Pairing: Osso Buco