This whole concept of Music and Wine has really been intriguing me lately. More and more we are seeing these two go together in one form or another. Wine is being associated with world music festivals, I follow some fellow bloggers that associate music with every single one of their wines they write about, and many speak metaphorically of how the wine they are drinking in that moment, is ‘like a symphony’, or the elements are ‘combined in perfect harmony’ or ‘this wine was just singing’! I’m totally into it, and I love the association! Having a musical background myself, I get it. And being an Italian wine lover, I get it even more as many musical terms are Italian.
I remember in my piano playing days, I loved to play forte, or fortissimo, but needed to learn how to play more piano or pianissimo. And when a new piece was put in front of me, I would gasp if asked to play presto, being much more comfortable with allegro, and on occasion, adagio. Little did I know that from the age of 5, when I started taking piano lessons, all the way to age 18, and age 22 for theory, that I already had some Italian under my belt~in the form of music!
And as long as we’re talking about music and wine, I was treated to lunch last week, along with a fabulous 10 year old Italian Merlot that was totally cantado. It was unbelievably outstanding!
2006 Sansonina Merlot may not be known as well as the Zenato Amarone (or other Zenato wines for that matter), but this is a special project from Carla Zenato and her daughter Nadia. The winery’s name comes from the biblical name Samson, the man with super strength because he never cut his hair. In Italian, when you add ‘ina’ to the end of a word, it becomes a diminutive term of endearment, thus the name Sansonina becomes this powerful, yet refined ‘little Samson’. Not only that, but seemingly, many years prior, the same winery was owned by a lady whose strong character gave her the nickname ‘Little Samson”. The bottle itself is a sexy little number, designed to mimic the shape of an oak barrel, and to continue its ageing process right in the bottle. Very clever indeed.
The aroma profile was molto espressivo, constantly morphing and changing in my glass during the course of the meal. Immediately on my nose I got a blast of mulberry, changing into black plums with cinnamon, pink pepper and subtle nuances of mint. Time passed and I got fennel, black licorice and even some leather. Diving underneath it all to get some of the earthy tones of tree bark and moist dirt. On the palate, it was silky soave with piano tannins, vivace acidity, delicato and grazioso, yet with great ostinato all the way to fine. Tons of fruit left, bursting with plums, blackberries and mulberries, which tells me there is yet time to be had in this wine. This was the 2006, and current vintage is 2012 (which is what I have in the store). I wonder what this wine will be like in another 10 years time. No doubt brio…
Yes, this wine was indeed cantando. Salute!
Glossary of musical terms:
adagio - moderately slow allegro - fast, lively cantando - singing delicato - delicately espressivo - with expression, expressive fine - the end of the movement forte - loud fortissimo - very loud grazioso - gracefully molto - much or very ostinato - persistent piano - soft pianissimo - very soft presto - very fast soave - gentle; smooth vivace - lively