My fiancés cousin and I share a passion for enjoying festivities of food and wine. Since she was back in upstate NY for a bit, we decided to put that love of merriment to good use. Saturday night we went to dp An American Brasserie. They have a respectable wines by the glass list so I was pumped up to try something off the beaten “house glass” path. I opted for a glass of Nerello Mascalese Passopisciaro Scinniri 2010 [$10 glass]. My glass was a brilliant dark ruby in colour with a faint smell of raspberry. The black current flavor demonstrated itself in the medium body that was sweet, yet pleasantly dry and earthy. The finish was refreshingely acidic; it started off with tannic black tea notes that merged into raisin and leather flavours, and then proceeded to linger nicely with spicy black pepper. As I enjoyed my quintessential mac n cheese and truffle fries, the rather broad, sweet taste transformed into a gorgeous honey flavour that enhanced the tangy cheeses in my mac n cheese. The truffle oil in my fries had to compete for my affection as they gloriously underscored the smoky, Sicilian volcanic earth notes beneath the lush black current. On its own, the wine was complex, smooth and pleasant; however the subtle character benefited from the extra punch that the complimentary flavours in my meal so nicely provided.
*Named after an ancient footpath, Passopisciaro means “The way of the Fisherman”.