Brunello can be a big wine and I often see people pair it with steak. In my opinion, that’s a waste. This 100% Sangiovese may be aged for years in wood, but it is still a very friendly food wine and the perfect match for veal chops.
Veal Chops with Saffron Orzo and Tomato Sauce
This dish is the perfect match for Brunello as it provides a painter’s palette of flavors and textures to select from. Don’t be afraid of the Brunello overwhelming the delicately sweet veal meat, the key is to make sure it’s not overcooked. There’s also the saffron orzo and tomato to add an exciting burst of flavor.
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2006 Tenuta Oliveto Brunello di Montalcino - The nose showed sweet, dark red fruits with spice, undergrowth and herbs. On the palate, it was balanced and smooth with red berries and notes of licorice. Its large structure took control into the woody, red berry finish. The ’06 is truly the yin to the ‘07’s yang, two consecutive vintages that are equally enjoyable for completely different reasons.