Wine & Food Pairings
Tarczal Marzemino de Isera 2005 Wine
How wonderful to have a recipe that features a different cooking method like brining, so I thought we should feature an unusual wine as well - the de Tarczal Marzemino de Isera 2005. Marzemino is a red wine grape that is primarily grown around Isera, south of Trentino near the Dolomites. The Tarczal family is unique (only one of the remaining five families) in that it grows these grapes, vinifies the wine and bottles their Marzemino under their family - only producing about 3800 cases. Marzemino is most noted for its mention in Mozart's opera Don Giovani.
This lovely old world charmer is late ripening and a bit fickle to grow - somewhat similar to a Pinot Noir, yet completely different. It displays an herbacious nose with opposite notes of pretty floral and raspberry undertones. It has a hint of pepper and finishes dry. It almost has a tangy, bitter finish with a bit more acid that cuts throught all the butter and richness of this recipe, but also compliments the tanginess of the brining. The fruitiness tastes great against the sort of burnt flavor of molasses and compliments the soy and salt fo the dish as well. It should be served a bit on the cool side and will also compliment salami, cheese, roasted meats elk and stews.
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