Monday, July 5, 2010
2003 Martin & Weyrich Nebbiolo
I pulled the cork on my last bottle of 2003 Martin & Weyrich Il Vecchio Nebbiolo, Paso Robles tonight with dinner. Typical, washed-out color of Nebbiolo and throwing lots of sediment. Pretty, perfumy notes of sweet cherry, vanilla and an earthy, mushroomy note that borders on truffle. Aged in French oak for 18 months. Still has nice tannins and acidity. Could probably age into something even more complex with another 5-10 years in the bottle.
Dinner was lamb shanks from our CSA that I smoked over hickory for an hour and then braised in chicken stock, some leftover tomato sauce and aromatics. After about 5 hours, the meat was shredded off the bone and piled high on a mound of sun-dried tomato risotto. A gremolata of parsley, garlic and orange peel completed the package. Pretty special dinner and it went really well with the wine.