|After the success of our previous Tuscan wine dinner with Fabio Cerri, Export Manager of Rocca delle Macìe, we replicated, this time having the honor to have in town Mr. Sergio Zingarelli in person, the owner of Rocca delle Macìe winery in Tuscany.
We decided to highlight all the labels that carries the “Gallo Nero” sticker on their necks, hence all wines coming from the Chianti Classico area, an universal symbol of quality, handicraft and authenticity.
We started with the excellent Rocca delle Macìe Famiglia Zingarelli Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2013 paired beautifully with an appetizer of selection of cold cuts and cheese: very likely the very first dish you will find if you go to visit Sergio at his winery in Castellina in Chianti.
The Mushrooms truffle cream soup arrived in the middle of the first and second wine, which was the balanced and complete Rocca delle Macìe Tenuta Sant’ Alfonso Chianti Classico DOCG 2014: one of the flagship of the winery, for the superb integrated use of oak, the elegant tannin and the perfect acidity that matched superbly with the tomato sauce of the Paccheri South tomato and salted sheep’s ricotta.
Then the big star of the night came with the main course: Rocca delle Macìe Sergio Zingarelli Chianti Classico Gran Selezione DOCG 2012 is indeed the wine that Sergio feels like a son for him, having himself being part of the Consorzio when the new appellation of Chianti Classico Gran Selezione was created and introduced in 2014: a wine made using grapes harvested only from the winery’s own vineyards, in the Chianti Classico area, with a minimum of 80% of Sangiovese grape, minimum of 13% alcohol, a minimum of 30 months of aging in barrels and 3 months in bottle. Following this wine since the first vintage 2010, we can guarantee you that it is improving and it is now one for the greatest wine of Tuscany and Italy.
Perfect and very Tuscan the combination with “Tagliata” or Beef tenderloin with rocket , vinegar and shaved parmesan cheese.
Sweet ending with Tiramisù and a small glass of Rocca delle Macìe Vin Santo del Chianti DOC 2011, one of the latest arrival in our list: complexity, great acidity and moderate sweetness makes this wine the perfect conclusion for a meal based on Tuscan food and Chianti wines.
A special thanks to all the people that attended this event, the always attentive service of Ciccio Wine Cellar and Bistro and of course to Sergio Zingarelli, for his time, his precious presence and his beautiful wines.
Some photos of the dinner: