Third Coast Happenings: Fontodi Wine Dinner

Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits
Fontodi Wine Dinner
$125.00 per person (all inclusive)
Tuesday, November 10th @ 6:30-9:30PM

Please join us Tuesday, November 10th for a Fontodi Wine Dinner. Fontodi is one of the finest Tuscan producers whose 67 hectare estate which lies just south of Panzanno, in the heart of the Chianti Classico DOCG. Fontodi has a long history with grape cultivation dating back to the Roman Empire and documents prove there was vinification here as far back as the 16th Century! Fontodi is famous for two wines: the amazing “Super Tuscan” Flaccianello della Pieve & the Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo. We are thrilled to offer the 99 point rated 2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve in this dinner as well as the 95 point rated 2004 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo! The evening will consist of six courses of Fontodi wine paired with six courses of Chef Chad Johnson’s Modern-Mediterranean cuisine. The price is $125.00 per person (all inclusive of tax & gratuity). To reserve, please call Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits at (813) 250-9463 (813) 250-9463 or reserve online.

Please see below for the menu and featured wines:

First Course:
Penne Gratin– scallop, ham hock, sage, chanterelles, burgandy truffles

2006 Fontodi Pinot Nero $55.95
“Fontodi’s 2006 Pinot Nero presents a very ripe, full-bodied expression of Pinot fruit, showing outstanding length and tons of style. It is one of the very few Tuscan Pinots that manages to reconcile varietal qualities with the warmth and generosity of Tuscany. This weighty, rich wine should develop beautifully in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2021.” Only 350 cases produced.” 91 Points Robert Parker

Second Course:
Merguez Fregola – grilled tuna, ‘ratatouille’

2003 Fontodi Syrah Casa Via $64.95
“Deep red. Somewhat muted nose hints at black pepper and smoke; with aeration, captivating leather and forest floor nuances emerge, along with black pepper and smoky grilled bacon. In the mouth, roasted red fruits, smoke and truffle are complemented by oaky torrefaction. This possesses a solid tannic backbone and good overall acidity, and should develop more complexity with time in bottle.” 92 Points Stephen Tanzer

Third Course:
Chickpea Agnolotti –pancetta, golden raisins, cauliflower, crushed tomato

2006 Fontodi Chianti Classico $31.95
"The Chianti Classico is typically one of the last Chiantis to be bottled, but the 2006 shows all the qualities I encountered when I tasted various lots earlier this year, prior to final assembly and bottling. It is a big, super-ripe Chianti that captures all of the best qualities of the vintage in its super-ripe fruit and beautifully defined aromatics. This is a serious, structured Chianti that can be enjoyed now, but that also has the stuffing to age gracefully for years. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2016." 91 Points Robert Parker

Fourth Course:
Ricotta Gnudi – roasted duck, pistachio ‘gremolata’, pomegranate brown butter

2004 Fontodi Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo $69.95
"The 2004 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is an explosive wine endowed with a layered, sumptuous expression of sweet dark fruit. Menthol, licorice and floral overtones develop in the glass, adding further complexity. This stunningly beautiful wine offers tremendous persistence yet it will require patience as its structural components are formidable. I tasted the Vigna del Sorbo several times, including alongside Felsina's Riserva Rancia, consulting oenologist Franco Bernabei's other top-notch Riserva. Both wines were exceptional, but the Vigna del Sorbo showed a touch more freshness typical of wines from Panzano. Simply put, 2004 is a phenomenal vintage for this wine. Vigna del Sorbo is made from 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon which was grafted onto the rootstocks of the white varieties that were previously planted in the vineyard. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024." 95 Points Robert Parker

Fifth Course:
Cannelloni – beef cheek, tenderloin, bitter greens, chicory jus

2006 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve $109.95
“Shows excellent color and richness for a Sangiovese, with aromas of sultana, coffee, toasty oak and vanilla bean. Full-bodied, with masses of fruit and chewy tannins. The concentration and depth of fruit and layers of tannins leave me speechless. A blockbuster. Best after 2014." 99 Points Wine Spectator

Sixth Course:
Tallegio Ravioli – prosciutto consomme, squab liver crostini, local honey

2000 Fontodi Flaccianello della Pieve $89.95
Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso

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