Wine, Dine & Shine Podere Sapaio Dinner at Osteria Teatro
May 2, 2013 – Cortona, Tuscany
Wine, Dine & Shine, Cortona’s premier wine tasting series kicked off the season in Piazza Repubblica featuring Podere Sapaio from Bolgheri, a region located near the sea on the Mediterranean side of Tuscany.
Massimo Piccin of Podere Sapaio greeted everyone alongside Marco Molesini at the free wine tasting in front of the Molesini Wine Shop. Featured wines in the Piazza poured by Massimo and described in detail were:
Volpolo 2011 Bolgheri Rosso, made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 15% Petit Verdot aged for 14 months in french oak barriques and tonneaux.
Sapaio 2008 Bolgheri Superiore, made up of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot and 20% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in barriques and 12 months in the bottle.
Sapaio 2009 Bolgheri Superiore, made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 20% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in barriques and 12 months in the bottle.
Sapaio per Molesini Bolgheri Superiore 2006, a special bottling done for Molesini in a Magnum size bottle, made up of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot aged for 18 months in barriques and 10 months in the bottle.
Ladies attending the evening were encouraged by co-host DelBrenna Jewellery, a local Cortona artisan jewelry shop, to select one of their handmade pieces to borrow and “taste” along with dinner.
At 8:00 p.m. the dinner portion of the evening began and everyone attending made their way to Osteria del Teatro where prosecco and appetizers were served outside under the warm Tuscan night. People slowly made their way into the restaurant and once seated Marco, Massimo and Emiliano, chef of Osteria del Teatro, introduced and described the tasting menu and wines to all those attending.
Wines tasted with dinner were:
Volpolo 2011 Bolgheri Rosso, A soft, floral wine on the nose with red raspberry and flavors of dry red fruits, light herbaceous. This was paired with a tartar of deer with the essence of orange over a bed of thinly sliced finnocchio.
Sapaio 2010 Bolgheri Superiore, (not to be released until late 2013) On the nose dry fruits, vegetable, dry cherries with flavors of red fruits, balsamic, light and dry. Paired with maltagliati faro pasta with a sweet and sour sauce of wild boar and pine nuts.
Sapaio 2007 Bolgheri Superiore, On the nose balsamic, herbal, deep with flavors of black pepper dark cherries, black raspberry, liquorish, tanins and sweet tobacco. Hands down the best wine of the night and VERY yummy. Very well paired with stuffed quail with a drizzling of sauce made from forest berries and mushrooms. Delicious!
Once again the wine was flowing freely and seconds and thirds of all dishes could be had. Great evening, great wine and brilliantly paired dishes.