White Truffle & 1971 Nebbiolo Dinner
@ Chez Goldberg, Greenwich Village, NYC, 12/9/2021

This was the annual white truffles and Nebbiolo of a long-standing Bordeaux group in NYC. I was fortunate that a seat opened up, and I was able to make it.

The wine theme was 1971 Barolo and Barbaresco at 50 years of age.

Ben and Wendy hosted in their beautiful apartment. The food they prepared was superb and well matched to the wines. One of the best meals I've evder had in a private home.

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Passing Washington Park in an Uber:

The place setting:

All the wines:

Flight 0: Champagne with Gourmet Potato Chips
With chips from Mountain Sweet Berry Farm in Roscoe NY. We had Peruvian Purple, German Butterball, and Kennebec.

Flight 1: 1971 Barbera & 1970 Barolo
With slow-cooked, soft scrambled eggs with shaved white truffle.

Flight 2: 1971 Barbaresco
With homemade tajarin [made with 31 egg yolks in a kilo of flour] with white truffle-infused butter.

Flight 3: 1971 Barolo
With the homemade tajarin with white truffle-infused butter.
Flight 4: 1974 & 1975 Barolo
With short ribs braised in red wine, served over polenta with roasted asparagus on the side.

Flight 5: 1999 & 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo
With the short ribs.
Two homemade pavlovas made using the leftover egg whites from the tajarin above.
One chocolate (left), one coffee.


On the whole, the older wines were a mixed bag. What should have been the two best wines (the 1971 Giacosa Barbaresco and the 1971 G. Mascarello Barolo) didn't live up to previous tastings. OTOH the Cavallotto, the two Produttori del Barbarescos, the Marcarini, the Massolino, and the two younger Giacosa Barolos were excellent. The 1971 Oddero Barbaresco was also a nice surprise. And the Bartolo Mascarello Barolo Chinato was wonderful.

People Pix

Warming up with the Champagne:

Around thetable during the pasta course:

My tasting notes posted from CellarTracker.


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