This afternoon I made a wonderful (if I say so myself) veal Bolognese which I served over penne rigati. To accompany, I pulled one of my wife's favorie wines from the cellar:
1996 Ceretto Barolo Zonchera - I opened the bottle about half an hour before service and I noticed a wonderful cherry/berry nose with a touch of secondary aromas of tobacco and nuts. At first taste the wine, obviously too cold at cellar temperature showed sweet fruit flavors a slight baroli "raisined" quality and a touch of "inkiness".
I left the glass to sit while finishing the cooking. My Bolognese may be different that what most of you are used to . I do not use ground meat, preferring that it be cubed instead. The veal was seasoned, dredged in flower and browned in a pan in two small bathces then set aside. I then sauted some onions, carrots and celery and added some fresh garlic at the last. The veal went back to the pan, accompanied by a healthy shot of white wine. Reducing the wine, I added some chopped tomatoes - I use whole peeled plum tomatoes but, I seperate the tomatoes from their juice and fine diced them. After a short cook, the juice from the tomatoes and a pint of my home made chicken stock went in. I let the ragu cook for about three hours in the over at 325 before adding some tomato paste (one healthy tablesppon for the 3.5 pounds of veal I used). Cook another 45 minutes to an hour, breaking the meat up (easily) with a wooden spoon while stirring. Just before service I added a cup of grated Parmagianno Regiano cheese and a half a cup of heavy cream. Served over the Penne with the Barolo, made for a spectacular meal.
Fortunately, there's still some Barolo left. The wine has tempered a bit and both the aromas and taste have blossomed. The "inkiness" has disappeared, replaced now with a soft fruitiness, mellow orange rind and dried herbs.
On a 100 point scale, I give the wine a 92. The Bolognese a 95 and the combination a 97 ;)
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