Brunello di Montalcino meets Clay Pot Chicken

I may not speak Italian but I’m fluent in saying: un bicchiere di Brunello di Montalcino, grazie!
One of Italy’s most prestigious wines and arguably representing the apex of what the Sangiovese grape is capable of, Brunello di Montalcino has a glorious history to recount.

Brunello di Montalcino

Montalcino is located in the Tuscany wine region and the appellation is named after the town of the same name. Brunello di Montalcino DOCG must be 100% Sangiovese and requires extended aging (but worth the wait!):

Normale: 5 years of aging, after harvest vintage with 2 years minimum in oak and 4 months in bottle.
Riserva: 6 years of aging, after harvest vintage with 2 years minimum in oak and 6 months in bottle.
Rosso di Montalcino DOC: 1 year aging before release with no oak aging requirements.

Generally speaking, the wine is full-bodied and has high alcohol, with intense, ripe fruit aromas. Fortunately, the area benefits from cooling breezes at night from the Mediterranean Sea, helping to preserve acidity.

This Carpineto Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 2016 possesses a complex bouquet of rose petal and mixed spice,  surrounding the core of ripe cherry and berry flavors, slowly transitioning into more forest floor, eucalyptus, and dried herbs, along with some savory, meaty notes. Aged in Slavonian oak barrels for three years and cellared in the bottle for 6 months, this wine offers a warm, smooth finish. A wonderful wine you can enjoy today, tomorrow, and twenty years down the line! 

Food pairing: Brunello di Montalcino with Clay pot chicken

The only thing that’s better than this wine itself is to pair it with food. This is the wine that can bond well with poultry with heavier sauce or red meat. I paired it with one of my favorite Chinese dishes – Clay pot chicken with ginger and scallion. You’ve gotta try it – SO flavorful and delicious.

​​Clay pot is without a doubt one of my favorite kitchen utensils, not only does it keep the food warm for a long time, but just the thought of something braising and simmering in it is enough to stir up my appetite! This dish is perfect for dinner for the whole family, you can even throw in extra ingredients to dress it up – carrots, potatoes, onions, easily turn it into a one-pot dish on a busy weekday night! Warning: you may need a second (or third?) bottle of wine because that’s how good this pairing is!