Sunday, March 18, 2012

Castiglion Del Bosco

The outdoor grill is up and running for the season and it's something I've missed over the winter.  First up was a scaled down version of Bistecca alla Fiorentina, a large steak "in the style of Florence."

Most recipes call for a large porterhouse steak, but in this case we used a double thick strip steak.  Once the fire died down and the coals were glowing we salted and peppered the 2.5 inch thick steak and grilled it, turning it once, until it was medium rare, about 125 degrees on the instant read thermometer.  It got a squeeze of lemon juice, a very light dusting of finely minced fresh rosemary and a drizzle of a 2011 vintage olive oil.  I covered it with foil and let it rest for five minutes, cut it into slices and served it alongside some farotto.

The wine was a 2006 Castiglion del Bosco, a Rosso di Montalcino.  Beautiful aromas and flavors of super tart cherries and dry, summer earth.  There was an initial blast of tannin but that subsided after some breathing time.  Tart, prickly, full bodied, muscular, strongly fruity and just plain delicious.  Great acidity that cut through the richness of the steak.  This stuff went down very easy.  Fully mature but in no danger of getting old, this was just a great wine, especially for the less than $12 price per bottle. It was purchased on line and had a six bottle minimum and since they included free shipping I was convinced to take the chance.  At more than twice that price it would still be a bargain.

13.5% alcohol and $11.66.

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