22 June 2012, B&B Ristorante, The Venetian, Las Vegas
Deb, Ben, Diane and I arrived in Las Vegas a day early to celebrate Carolyn’s 30th birthday. One of the highlights was dinner at B&B Ristorante – a Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich restaurant in the Venetian. Deb, Diane and I (Ben was meeting up with his brother) ordered a few apps, pastas and entrees to share. While the food was delicious as usual, one of the indelible moments of the meal for me was the wine:
Giacosa’s first wine from the Rabaja site in Barbaresco, this wine was stunning: musty earth, leather and sweet red fruit in the aroma. Dark black fruit with shockingly young acidity and tannins that are just starting to integrate with the wine. The wine was opened at the beginning of the meal and developed for the next two hours until we finished the bottle. A longer decant would have helped but I still think the peak of this wine is 3-6 years down the road.
**** 1996 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja, $175