Sometimes Shirley just picks the wrong time to do one of her signature dishes. Tonight it was her Southern style BBQ pork ribs. This would have been a perfect dish for Super Bowl Sunday next week, but I'll probably go with the usual pizza and wings for the game.
I had no idea on what wine I would open with the ribs, so I decided to search the net for a proper pairing. Basically, I found that this dish would pair well with just about any red wine and even a few white wines, but they all seemed to agree on Zinfandel, Syrah or Malbec. A quick check of my wine supply found neither. That means I'll have to do some wine buying tomorrow and that for tonight I will choose what I think will work best. Not really that tough of a decision given the info I found searching.
My first choice was a 2007 Gigondas, but upon pouring I could see that this bottle had turned and instead I settled for my second choice of a 2008 Siro Pacenti Rosso di Montalcino ($30). I believe that opening a nice bottle of wine that has turned bad may have been a sign, because the second choice was fantastic.
Rosso di Montalcino is made from 100% Sangiovese grown in the same
delineated region as Brunello di Montalcino. However, the wine is
required to spend only six months aging in oak and 1 year total aging
before release. These "Baby Brunellos" are often 1/3 to 1/2 the price of Brunello di Montalcino.
*Since the 1995 vintage, Giancarlo Pacenti's Brunello has repeatedly won Gambero Rosso's
most prestigious Tre Bicchieri (Three Glass) award in addition to 90+
scores from all the major international publications. The Rosso is considered to be one of the very best, with the fruit’s
inherent structure delicately enhanced by a brief passage in barriques. These are quintessential Sangioveses that are wonderfully aromatic,
opulently rich and powerfully structured. *Michael Skurnik Wines
I found wonderful aromas of black cherry with some dark plum and a little tobacco. Very nice earthy mouthfeel with smoky dark fruits and a little blueberry. The finish was medium to long, smoky and dry. A nice compliment to the BBQ pork ribs.
I have always enjoyed Italian wines above all others and I am a big fan of Rosso di Montalcino. The Rosso is far less expensive than Tuscany's finest wine, the Brunello di Montalcino and very comparable. Highly recommend.