Italy 2013… Day 4… Tuscany…

Hit the snooze button on the alarm at 6:00 am…but only once… showered, packed, and meet the others in the dining room at 7:00 am for a quick breakfast,checked out, packed the cars, and ventured on… 5 hours to Montalcino and the winery of Angelo Sassetti… Angelo is one of the pioneers of Montalcino. He bought his 40 acres in 1964, when many people were leaving Tuscany for an easier life in the north, or even in the U.S. . Times were very tough, so land was very inexpensive. Angelo paid $2500 for his farm land and began planting grapes. Almost 50 years later, he still works that same land and produces some of the best wines in Montalcino. He and his wife Rosita served a traditional Tuscan lunch… Crostinis with local Truffle butter, salsa verdi, and chicken liver pate paired with a 2012 Brunello bottled just for us…this wine will be aged in oak for at least 2 more years before it is bottled and ready…but it was surprisingly drinkable, fresh and lively…then we had pasta with meat sauce… One of the things that I love about Italy is that the pasta (and bread) are very different from region to region… Rosita’s pasta was about 1/2″ wide and rolled flat and thin. It was cooked perfectly and tasted delicious…it was a great compliment to the 2010 Rosso di Montalcino with it’s classic lean fruit and great acidity…the third course was all about the meat… roasted chicken, sausage, and pork with a fresh green salad and Tuscan bread…paired with 2008 Angelo Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino…wow…that wine was amazing…a beautiful balance of dark fruit, and perfectly intergrated tannins… drinkable now, but will also cellar for years… then we had some fresh fruit and amazing desert pastries and coffee. After lunch we toured the vineyard and the rest of the winery, then we did a vertical barrel tasting of Brunellos from 2012,2011,2010 and 2009 which will be released soon and is fantastic! Then we had coffee, said our good bye’s and got on the road around 5:30 pm…drove for over 4 hours to the town of Offida…checked in to the La Boffa Ristorante-Hotel… dropped off our luggage and went directly to the ristorante…which was full at 10:00 pm…got the last table for 6 and settled in for a relaxing multi course dinner with beer, wine, an finishing with some local distillates… said our good nights around 12:15 and headed for our rooms…lights out 1:00 am… another great (albeit…long) day in Italy…