Monday, October 17, 2011

Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2009

Last week I stopped into one of my favorite wine shops, Vinomania,  in downtown Syracuse.  What I like about this store is that it is 'wine' only and offers many selections not found at any of the many other retailers in the Syracuse area, along with some outstanding pricing.
When there, I was offered a taste of a few wines that were opened for a wine tasting event the day before.  One of them was the organic Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno 2009 ($13), a delicious blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Montepulciano.
The history of Count Saladini Pilastri dates back to the year 1000. A noble family that boasts a rich and fascinating past hailing from Ascoli Piceno, where wine has always been a part of its culture. They began growing grapes three centuries ago in the limestone hills of Spinetoli and the rolling and sunny hills of Monte Prandone and Porto d'Ascoli.
Saladini Pilastri company has been following the rules of sustainable, low-impact organic farming, which preserves the produce's high-quality standard, since 1994. They have been farming organically since 1995, and received certification in 1998.
Aromas were a little complex starting with sweet tobacco and anise with lots of plum, blackberry and black cherry and hints of chocolate and spice. A well balanced, very smooth and fruity wine in the mouth leading to a very long finish.
A full bodied wine that will pair well with any red meats or red sauce.  Tonight Pam made the sauce with our last pickings of tomatoes from our garden.  Added to her tomatoes is a little onion and garlic, Rosso Piceno wine and loads of marjoram.  This very tasty red sauce was poured over pasta and served with a salad, garlic bread and some shredded parmigiano reggiano for the pasta. A fantastic dinner made even better with a fantastic wine.
I finished the wine with a few bites of a super extra sharp cheddar, from Buttercup Cheese, that Shirley picked up at the CNY Regional Market on Saturday. That was really a great way to end the night.  With a good steak, burger, pasta and red sauce or a nice extra sharp cheese, you won't go wrong with a Saladini Pilastri Rosso Piceno.

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