Wine recommendation from this list
Hello all - I'm going to Oliveto in Oakland tonight for a truffle celebration dinner. The list leans heavily toward Italy and I'm a bit out of my element, so I'm looking for suggestions. You can see the list here: http://www.oliveto.com/menus.html
I am much more familiar with California and France and favor the Rhone-style varietals (particularly Syrah) as well as Cali Zin. I am hoping for a primi of simple pasta or risotto with a heavy shaving of white truffle, then probably lamb or beef main. I'd like to keep it under $80 or so. Thoughts? Thanks!
For special dinners, Oliveto usually has a short special list of wines available by the glass, carafe, or bottle, often including some things not on the regular list.
The classic pairing with white truffles is a Barolo or Barbaresco with a few years of bottle age.
I've had good luck at the Oliveto special dinners letting our server pick glasses that match each course. I plan to do the same for the truffle dinner.
I'm leaning toward the Bricco Manzoni 1999 or MAYBE the 1998 Fratelli Barale barbaresco - if you go chianti classico, tend toward a 2000-01 and decant
As Robert said above, Oliveto's usually has a short list of older wines available that do not appear on the web, and are often available by the glass or bottle. Barolo and Barbaresco are generally the best (i.e.: most classic) matches, but who knows what will be available on the "short list"?
I'll be there Friday, so whatever you do, save some for me!
Since this is a Truffle-Emphasis dinner, go with the two greatest "truffle grapes": Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo.
The list features both Calif and Oregon Pinot Noir from the 2004 vintage which was a bit better in Oregon so I'd favor those. In Nebbiolo there's quite a few YOUNG '99 and '01 Barolos that will be interesting eventually but I think might be a bit youngish at this point....
SO... my picks on this wine list would be:
Pinot Noir, 2004, Freja (Willamette Valley Oregon)
Pinot Noir, 2004, Ponzi (Willamette Valley Oregon)
Barbaresco, 1998 Barale. A good Piedmont Nebbiolo in a great year.
Enjoy and please report back!