Atlantic City

15 January 2012, The Borgata, Atlantic City

For the MLK long weekend, a group of us decided to go gamble, watch the Giants crush the Packers, and hang out in Atlantic City. Joe, Jill, Pedro, L-train, Manoj, Korean Elvis, Diane and I all drove down Saturday morning – and due to aforementioned thrashing of the Packers along with some fortuitous dice control, we decided to get a few nice bottles with dinner at Fornelletto on Sunday night.

We started with two white Burgundies:

2006 Domaine Bernard Morey Chassagne Montrachet, Les Caillerets 1er Cru; 2005 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet

We drank these wines for the appetizer courses and were able to compare them side by side. Both were incredible – most at the table preferred the Domaine Leflaive. The Morey  had a bit more oak in it vs. the Leflaive which had a more mineral taste. Both were subtle and complex as you would expect from well made Burgundy – I liked them both.

For the pasta course, we had a great Super-Tuscan produced Mauro Vannucci:

2008 Piaggia Il Sasso

70% Sangiovese with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot, the wine ages for 20 months in new oak. Very fruity with good acidity to go with food.

For our main courses, we decided to go with a magnum of a 1990 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo. We had the sommelier start decanting it as soon as we ordered and it was still changing when we started out meat courses:

1990 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Magnum)

The bottle – the restaurant’s last – was in perfect condition and most agreed it was the wine of the night. Tobacco and earthy must on the nose leads to a medium bodied fruit palate with perfect integrated tannins. Best Mascarello Barolo I’ve ever had and since I was ordering the wine, I picked the perfect wine for my osso buco:

Osso buco at Fornelletto

** 2006 Domaine Bernard Morey Chassagne Montrachet, Les Caillerets 1er Cru, $90

** 2005 Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet, $100

** 2008 Piaggia Il Sasso, $25

**** 1990 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo (Magnum), $1,000

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