It was just another humdrum Thursday night in Houston this week when I decided to make a simple dinner of pan-fired steak, white rice dressed with Parmigiano Reggiano and extra-virgin olive oil, and a red leaf lettuce salad tossed with extra-virgin olive and red wine vinegar.
At our house, it’s what you would call comfort food.
Given the mood of the evening — simple, easy, and relaxing — it wasn’t a night for an exotic or extravagant red and it was just me and my wife Tracie sitting down for our evening repast (we had already fed our daughters, ages three and five, and had put them to bed).
And so I reached for a bottle of the 2014 Fattoria dei Barbi Morellino di Scansano.
As I tasted the wine, I was reminded of a meal many years ago at one of my favorite trattorias in Florence where a friend from Southern California and I had gone to share a fiorentina. When we sat down and ordered, I was surprised to learn that there were no bottles of Chianti or Brunello to be found. No, just a handful of Super Tuscans (ostensibly for wealthy American and German tourists) and an ample offering of Morellino.
The wine my wife and I drank last night (which had been sent to us by Barbi’s importer in New York… thank you very much!) reminded me of that wine I tasted so long ago in the city of the Medici. The freshness on the nose and notes of wild berry and red stone fruit were followed by a kiss of salt and bramble in the glass, with chewy succulent flavors of grape and plum.
No, last night wasn’t a night for Brunello di Montalcino. It was a night for comfort food in a glass and man, Barbi’s Morellino di Scansano from the Tuscan coast delivered on every level and then some. One of my favorite wines from the estate.
Montalcino Blog blogmaster
WineSearcher.com shows availability for this wine across the U.S. and lists the average price around $21. What a great value for such a delightful wine!