Saturday, August 17, 2013

Old Friends & Dreams

We used to meet regularly...with two friends...but as the years passed...and they do fly by...it became less and less. Uncomplicated friends...we just get on well. We met up for a meal a few weeks ago...and decided...every month we would go out for a meal together...and I could choose the location.
First choice was our favourite haunt...La Fattoria...which they know...and on a gorgeous summer evening we sat outside as the sun went down. Perfect start.
Many people would say...we like to see the prices of our choices... and there is a menu card...but owner Chester appeared as usual with his list of what is NOT on the menu. You have to concentrate as he reels off 10 starters...5 pasta dishes..a few fish courses and a couple of meat selections. You order, then sit back...and enjoy. 

Octopus






Kalbbries-Sweetbreads


Only the men were drinking...so I had taken along a bottle of red...and ordered a white from the list.




Silvio Jermann
Were Dreams now it is just wine 2009
Friuli, Italy

The 2008 on the list turned out to be the following vintage.
Glorious golden colour...the whole table were impressed. I was hoping the colour didn't mean a heavyweight. Super nose...gentle oak...exotic...hard to pull your nose back out of the glass. All well until now...taste it..before you go over the top Barry. Butterball...but so well balanced...apricots...and a touch of citrus. Crazy name for a wine...no crazy wine though...this is top class.
Points 17.75



Knipser Mergelweg Spätburgunder 2005
Pfalz, Germany

Classic Pfalz...raspberries...on the palate dry red berry fruit...
still complex...although maybe missing the bite that made me give this 18 points a few years ago. Very good though...
Points 17.75


White first...then the red...as is  'normal'...but the red would have paired better with the octopus. The white was perfect with the starter...but the Kalbbries would have loved it. Something worth trying in the future...red first...then the white...the wine god will be frowning down on me!

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