Sommelier Speak

Braised Beef Jardiniere and Duchess Potatoes is a very hearty dish. With so many ingredients such as tomatoes puree, onion, garlic which contain acidity. Other ingredients such as carrots, celery, bay leaves, potatoes, heavy cream, nutmeg and brown sauce bring out different flavor. With these flavors I believe that we to choose a wine that will enhance the flavor. Therefore, my choice for this menu are
• Ridge Lytton Spring 2015 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
• Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia and other Blend 2015, Tuscany, Italy
• Michele Chiallo Barolo Tortoniano 2011, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
After researching I believe that the Rocca di Frassinello Poggio Alla Guardia 2015 would pair well with this menu. This project took two years to conceived with partnership of Les Domanies Baron de Rothschild -Lafite and the Castellare di Castellina winery, working with five small farms. The birth of Rocco di Frassinello winery was established after this venture. This vineyard came from the region of Maremma area between Bolghieri and Scansano in Italy  which has a geological foot extense toward the sea. It has 500 hectares, of which 80 has already cultivated due to the high temperature in this area. Because of this characteristic these grapes can ripen three to four weeks earlier. This venture is considered as the meeting of the best of Italy and France. The deep ruby red wine  vinification come from 50%Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Sangioveto, with Sangioveto being the main grape, this is according to statement made on wine folly web pages, also included are  other grapes varieties such as Petit Verdot and Shiraz to enhance the wine. The character tics of Sangioveto range from sour cherry, balsamic, dried herb, leather, dried herbs anise and tobacco, Merlot wine from this region when added to any blend can soften and add roundness to the wine. Cabernet Sauvignon with its oak and spicy aroma and high in tannin bring another flavor to the wine. Each grape variety bring something different and complex, with the final intense aroma is of dark plum, chocolate, spices, and grilled herbs. With it clean mineral notes and freshness makes this wine very unique is ideal for roast beef and mid-age cheese according to winemaker notes.

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