Pasta Dinner

Now that it is Fall, we’re finally getting our Summer weather. It has been a particularly mild Summer with very few days over 100 degrees. The past few days, however, have been very warm. Mornings have been damp and chilly, the birch trees are dropping their leaves. The backyard looks like Fall.

Our Monday night dinner was Fall fare. Pete made a wonderful pasta dish using tomatoes from our garden, garlic, sweet Italian sausage, capers and tomato paste. He sautéed everything together and served it with linguine. It tasted great.

We had a bottle of Fattoria dei Barbi, no vintage that we could find (14% alc.). According to my research, this wine is from the Maremma region of Tuscany. It is 85% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot and 5% Alicante. The vintage appears to be 2007. The color is a medium garnet. The nose smells like dark fruit and dried fruit. Dave noted a yeasty bread smell in the nose. The flavors tasted like dark fruit, tobacco, cherries and spice. The tannins are smooth and well integrated. The wine has a good amount of acid and the finish is short to medium in length. The mouthfeel is very light for the amount of flavor.

The wine paired well with the pasta dish. It is a perfect wine for warmer weather as it has plenty of flavor and a light mouthfeel.

We finished the evening with a rustic apple pie I made with local apples from the farmer’s market. They have so much more flavor than grocery store apples, and no chemicals!
What a great evening!

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