Who inhabits the spaces we’ve lived in when we move on? Do they too scent the winter kitchen by tossing orange peels into the old iron stove? Have they looked with curiosity upon the egg shaped depression left in the window sill where we hammered open so many walnuts?
I am always nostalgic about such things.
So, when I read that Fausto Maculan, owner of Maculan winery, when born, was delivered in the same room that is now his office – well, a sentimental detail, isn’t it?
Located in the village of Breganze in Italy’s Veneto, the quality-minded Maculan estate presides over approximately 15 hectares of estate owned vineyards, leases an additional 24 hectares, and works closely with other growers as well, managing production of another 50 or so hectares within the Breganze DOC.
“Vintage note”: the year 2007 saw Fausto’s daughters, Angela and Maria Vittoria, officially join the winery. Congratulazioni !
Maculan Brentino is made from Merlot 55% and Cabernet Sauvignon 45% and is aged, half for 12 months in barrique, half in stainless steel.
We enjoyed Maculan’s Brentino 2005 with butternut squash risotto, orange roasted chicken and vegetables.
Tasting Notes / Impressions:
A gorgeous ruby color and an arousing perfume of red and black berries, cedar, and spice. It has a soft, voluptuous body – think of the figures painted by Flemish artist Peter Paul Reubens – on the palate, and warm feeling, round fruit, hints of cassis and cocoa, and good acidity balanced with incredible precision. The finish is long and persistent with seductively restrained notes of spice and vanilla.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
MEATS: Roasted meats, especially lamb; PASTA: hearty pasta dishes, for example, lasagne or pasta dressed with a tomato-based cream sauce; POLENTA: try soft polenta with gorgonzola, pancetta and porcini mushrooms!; RISOTTO: recommend you try risotto with butternut squash; CHEESES: Ripe cheeses