Giulio Gambelli, the great master of Sangiovese, was a chief architect in the Italian wine renaissance. When others were intent on producing modern-style wines winning high points from the world’s top wine critics, Gambelli championed Tuscany’s noble grape as a monovarietal.
Gambelli has left an indelible mark on the region, consulting for some of the country’s most lauded wineries including Soldera, Montevertine, Poggio di Sotto and Biondi-Santi. He helped producers throughout Chianti and Montalcino to focus on high density plantings with low yields, championing the idea of minimal intervention in the cellar and the importance of hygiene in the overall winemaking process. All of these ideas have become common practice today, but they were radical when introduced in the 1960s.
On the evening of May 23rd, we will examine Gambelli’s greatest works of art. This is a rare opportunity to taste impeccably cellared examples of some of the finest monovarietal Sangiovese ever produced. Highlights include the 2006 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte and 2005 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino, along with Montalcino’s most Brunellos: 2007 Poggio di Sotto and 1999 Case Basse Soldera Riserva. Inspired by the cuisine of the region, Chef Frank Langello has written a 7-course menu to complement the vintages. All of the wines come directly from Babbo’s cellar.
Crostini di Primavera con Bagna Cauda
Scarzello “Erpacrife” Brut 2008
Crostini di Fegatini
L’Aietta, Spumante di Brunello Rosato 2012
Sformato di Funghi Selvatici con Parmigiano
Tenuta di Bibbiano “Vigna del Capannino”
Chianti Classico Riserva 1995
Ravioli con Cavolo Nero Ragu
Montevertine “Le Pergole Torte” 2006
Pici alla Cacciatore
Biondi-Santi “Il Greppo” Brunello di Montalcino 2005
Costoletta di Cinghiale
Soldera “Case Basse” Brunello di Montalcino, Riserva 1999
Formaggio di Toscana
Poggio di Sotto, Brunello di Montalcino 2007
Olive Oil Cake and Gelato – Montevertine Olive Oil + NaCl/
Biscotti and Cookies
Tenuta di Bibbiano “San Lorenzo”
Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 2010
WHAT IS VINTAGE BABBO?
On select Monday evenings, we invite Italian wine lovers to join us for a special tasting menu paired with the best vintage wines from the depths of our cellar. Unlike many restaurant wine dinners, these are not distributor-sponsored events featuring “current-release” wines. The allure of Vintage Babbo is that it’s a personal expression of the restaurant; an opportunity for us to dig deep into our cellar (as much as it may sometimes hurt to see these wines leave); and an excuse to share the best of the best with our customers.