NK 1978 & 1982 Barolo & Barbaresco
Dovetail Restaurant, NYC, 10/7/2016

This is the first evening of this Nebbiolo Knights weekend. We met the superb restaurant Dovetail to taste an interesting assortment of Barbarescos and Barolos from 1978 and 1982, two of the best vintages from that era.

We had a quite a mix of wines, so we ended up drinking them in pairs creating themes as best we could.

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Pre-Dinner Glass at Ben's
Then we took the subway up to the
81st Street - Museum of Natural History stop:

And walked west on 81st Street past the Museum of Natural History and Shake Shack:

To arrive at Dovetail:

The gang's almost all here (missing Steve): Todd, Jamie, Kelly, Bob, Henry, Ben.

The food and service at Dovetail are exceptional starting with exquisite amuse-bouche:

Bread and hummus:

Mostly with the amuse-bouche above.
Flight 1: 1978 Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas
Flight 2: 1982 Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas
Venison Tartare with Date Vinaigrette, Lentils, Egg, Saffron. Very special. Quite complex. Not a great match to the wines.

Flight 3: Two Famous Cru Barbarescos
Vegetable Course
Squash Agnolotti in Whipped Parsnips and Star Anise. This was so delicious.

Flight 4: Rocche di Castiglione Falletto Barolos
Beef Filet and Braised Oxtail with Carrot Crème Fraîche and Scallion. Delicious and great with the wine.

Flight 5: Two Top 1982 Barolos
Around the table again (this time missing Jamie): Todd, Steve, Kelly, Bob, Henry, Ben.

Flight 6: Two More Barolos
All the Wines
With Steve, Jamie, Kelly, Bob:

Cashew Rice Pudding, Whipped Buttermilk, and Mango. Light and tasty.

Petit Fours

Too Funny!
So we each give a credit card to the waiter and ask him to split it among the eight cards.
But it seems that someone has given him a Marriott room key instead:

And the guity party is . . .

The waiter does seem disappointed that it wasn't Todd.


Two bad bottles, but all in all an interesting and enjoyable evening of good food and good wines with good old friends.

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.

You can find Todd Tucker's notes on this dinner on Wine Berserkers.




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