A new venture..the owner, Riccardo Re, had been 'maître d' at another Italian restaurant we used to frequent...but the atmosphere and the food on our last visits left a lot to be desired.
This was annoying as Riccardo Re was the star...perfect service..and had a love for wines.
He recently took over a restaurant and has renamed it 'Ristorante Ambiente Italiano'..so the birthday boy(me)..took the family along. It was an excellent choice Barry!
Lovely open restaurant..light and friendly...excellent service...super food..and a young wine-list that will be expanded...we had a really enjoyable evening.
Lageder Pinot Grigio 2006
Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
I would order Pinot Grigio when visiting restaurants that had, maybe, only 5 wines on the list..without vintage and grower details. We have all been there.It would never knock me out..but saved me drinking the other four on offer!
However...from a top grower..it is definitely worth trying..and as I didn't want a 'heavyweight' to start the evening..this fitted nicely into the plans.
Straw yellow with a green shimmer... flowery aroma..peaches and somewhat spicy notes..
complex fruit flavors..with the usually mierally crispness.
This is a young version of Barolo..made entirely from the Nebbiolo grape..it offers red and black cherries..some oak..smoky..lovely balance..has style..and the chalky tannins that tell you it is Italian...earthy..and sweet fruits..drinking nicely now..and a good food wine(as are most Italians)
San Fabiano Calcinaia Cerviolo 2003
This is a 'Super Tuscan'
40% Sangiovese, 30% Merlot & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
A wine to work with..complex aromas of spices, tobacco & coffee...and vanilla popping it's head round the door....then a whiff of blackberries..all this led to a well-balanced wine with rounded tannins....there is a freshness...really enjoyable..