Sunday, January 10, 2010
Farnito Carpineto Cabernet Sauvignon 1994
One word for that wine, PERFECTTO. I don't speak Italian, but I'm fluent in good taste when it comes to drinking or eating Italian. So, we had friends for dinner and I went downstairs in our musty old basement which feels more like a crammed cave - not the French 'cave' [kah've] that is a wine cellar, but the American cave which is like a black hole (you could seriously get lost we have so much junk). I grabbed a nice bottle from our private stash, a crate of wines we for some reason or another stored in a corner collecting dust, looked Farnito Carpineto 1994 on the internet and read that it's blah blah, incredibly smooth, blah blah and about a $50 bottle available from a private distributor. Good enough reason to open among friends and share a wonderful experience. It was also a relief given the numerous 1995 Barolo's we've tried from the half case I purchased around 2001 and each time, felt disappointment. We clearly are not connoisseurs at storing wine or understanding what is important to drink now or at a certain date. But tonight was finally victorioso. I'm a little tipsy now. And after making a rich gateau au chocolat a la Arnaud Besson, I'm ready for a good cup of tea to help digest. A santé!