Before we were engaged, my husband and I had one of our most fantastic dates at Trattoria La Siciliana in Berkeley. It was one of those nights – cue cheesy music of girl retelling story – where you talk so many hours you shut the place down.
It was midweek, and the Italian waiter was grunting his disapproval as he piled chairs on table tops.
Anyway, during the winter months, I always keep cases of wine in my car’s trunk – a reality when you live in an urban area and run out of places to store wine. So I ran to my car and pulled out a bottle of red, something from California and far too big to enjoy even with the restaurant’s saucy, Sicilian fare.
Last night, after almost two years, we found ourselves in the same neighborhood. And just like we did on that early date, I ran to my car and grabbed this beautiful, unfined and unfiltered August Briggs pinot noir (about $40).Talk about sense of place.
This wine is made from grapes grown on the Green Island Vineyard located on the south end of Napa Valley. The biggest reason I like this pinot is because it isn’t suffocated by new oak – I know the 2007 was aged in mostly two and three year old French oak barrels – so it’s like the Briggs made this wine in the same style: Ripe with dusty fruit and soft, vanilla spices.
We enjoyed it with a fresh pappardelle loaded with pork meatballs in a spicy, basil flecked tomato sauce. It was a superb pairing, and we talked just as long as we did on that original date.