B CUBED: BRUNELLO x BARBARESCO x BAROLO
Monday, June 15th
The Italian Peninsula has been producing wine for thousands of years. The Etruscans, the Greeks and the Romans helped redefine wine for the Ancient World and our modern world. Yet three of the most important wine regions in Italy are relatively modern by these ancient standards. Those regions are Brunello di Montalcino, Barolo & Barbaresco. These regions have cultivated the vine per sempre (forever) but the wines that we taste today only began to take shape in the 1850s and 1860s. Today, when you think of some the greatest wines in Italy the “THREE Bs” are always in the conversation.
This month, Babbo Vintage is celebrating the “THREE Bs” with a menu that evokes the bounty of the season paired with the most noble of Italian varietals: Nebbiolo & Sangiovese. We are highlighting the wines by themselves to begin your meal and then with the secondi, sample a flight of 2004, one from each region to compare and contrast and see why the “THREE Bs” represent the greatness of Italian wines.
Hamachi Crudo with Fagioli and Finocchio
Berech & Fils Brut Reserve Champagne NV
Pecorino Sformato with Sweet Peas
Stella di Campalto, Brunello di Montalcino 2006
Garganelli with Porcini and Parmigiano
Bruno Giacosa, Barbaresco 1998
Rigatoni “alla Nonna”
Giovanni Corino “Roncaglie” Barolo 2001
Roasted Squab with Spring Scafata
Cordero di Montezemolo “Vigna Bricco Gattera” Barolo 2004
and Produttori del Barbaresco “Pora” 2004
and Pian dell Querci, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2004
La Tur with Toasted Walnut Honey
Luigi Moscone, Barolo 1967
Peach Cake with Peach Lemon Gelato and Chamomile
Villa Poggio Salvi, “Auroca” Moscadello di Montalcino 2007
*Menu subject to change due to market availability.
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.
UPCOMING VINTAGE EVENTS:
B Cubed – June 15th
Brunello, Barbaresco & Barolo
The Wines of Summer – July 20th
Explore the Sun in Italy’s Wines