The Wine Dinner I Lauri hosted at Ciccio Wine Cellar & Bistro was just as we expected: simple but generous. Exactly like the wines from I Lauri, a sustainable winery in Abruzzo, that produces a very simple but efficient line of generous wine, both in prices and style, of local and international grape varieties.
We opened the dinner with a brilliant pomegranate coloured I Lauri Chiola Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo DOC 2017, dense and rich in its notes of strawberry and raspberry, not too sweet and very well paired with the bitterness of the pâté of kalamata olives and the green notes of zucchini and fresh mint in the Carasau bruschetta created by Chef Andrea.
With the Bresaola carpaccio arrived a generous I Lauri Nora Chardonnay Colline Pescaresi IGP 2017, which doesn’t see any oak but it has that classic, typical note of Chardonnay that so well integrates with beef and cheese.
If I tell you ravioli with porcini mushrooms sauce, you will immediately think about a Chianti or a Brunello, a.k.a. Sangiovese from Tuscany. Well, we are in Abruzzo here, so the I Lauri Salto Sangiovese Terre di Chieti IGP 2017 we served it wasn’t exactly as tannic and acidic as expected, but rather intense, rich and full-bodied. Something more closer to a Montapulciano than a Chianti.
Speaking of which, I Lauri Bajo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC 2017 arrived together with a super tasty Porchetta and delicious roasted potatoes and it was a true Italian combination, again very simple yet generous.
Chef Peppe then surprised us with a lentils soup, a rustic and classic dish typical of the central area of Italy, in between the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo. Well done, Chef!
The sweet ending was a really nice bottle of I Lauri Moscato Dolce Vino Spumante paired with an Almond chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream: the harmonious sweetness and fine mousse of the wine complemented the texture of the cake and the bittersweet note of the almonds.
A really appropriate ending of a really simple and generous night.