With apologies to Robert Burns...
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' menWe mentioned yesterday that there was a duck breast with both pomegranate juice and seeds in the sauce. My best laid scheme was that a 2008 Gianfranco Alessandria Dolcetto d'Alba would be a good choice here. It wasn't. The intensity of the flavors in the breast and sauce overwhelmed this wine. On it's own the wine had appropriate color, a nice, fruity bouquet, good acid, and nice finish. There just wasn't enough body in the wine to stand up to the duck breast and sauce. This was a dish that when it was complete screamed for a Barolo or a Burgundy of somewhat more stature than just a commune or village wine.
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!
The second night the remaining wine was paired with some baked chicken thighs and a mixture of Kaljira and wild rice. This brought out both the fruit and acid in the wine and was a good match for finding the promis'd joy in this particular wine.
Alessandria's wine label is basic black and white, so I shot the photo of the bottle in that mode.