The food was good, a decent but not great carne cruda and well prepared gnocchi with a light fresh tomato sauce accompanied by a lovely bottle of 2013 Bartolo Mascarello Dolcetto, nicely fruited, earthy, fairly complex and well balanced. The bottle was quickly drained between the two of us. After lunch I laid down for a bit of a nap. As I was trying to get to sleep a major storm rolled in, continuous thunder for three or four minutes followed by a deluge of 15 minutes or so, which quickly lead to a 90 minute nap of salvation.
Dinner as in Cissone, an agriturismo whose mane a failed to catch. Family style but typical salumi, excellent carne cruda, vitello tonnato and a vegetable flan followed by pin and tajarin before the wild boar and robot course were served. Too much food if overall quite delicious. We shared a table with Francesco Clerico organic winemaker of Bussia in Monforte. We drank through his portfolio, a lovely, lithe 2013 Dolcetto followed by a 2010 Barbera that showed a little volatility around the edges.
The real star of the evening followed with a wonderfully aromatic 2013 Nebbiolo that is a smashing by. Just a beautiful small scaled wine not trying to be anything but the all-purpose Nebbiolo is was born to be. This was followed the 2010 Barolo Colonello. A bit sweetly oxidative, and carboy on the nose, its a good representation of old school Barolo, but having been bottled just 15 days ago it is not really in top form tonight.
Not bad for a first day.
Organic cheese and beef, vegetables, pork shops, fresh fruits, a tables worth of bounty all to be transformed into many of the amazing meals we are to enjoy these weeks. Lunch was a bit of a slapdash affair. Fresh pea risotto with a hurriedly concocted pea pod stock and carnaroli rice that didn't live up to its billing, be shy of starch and very long grained, if toothsome. Paired with fresh tomatoes, green salad, and french bean salad we certainly made due. A few bottles of wine rounding things out made it all go down more easily. As did the wonderful company, Anna Savino and her husband Claudio and little one Nico, and Todd Tucker.