Garganelli with Eggplant & Guanciale Sauce and Luna Canto

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Dick Krueger
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Garganelli with Eggplant & Guanciale Sauce and Luna Canto

#1 Post by Dick Krueger » February 13th, 2009, 7:49 pm

Tonight's dinner was half a jowl of guanciale, finely cubed, fat rendered off and a medium Japanese eggplant peeled and cubed added to sauté in the guanciale fat. To finish I added half a bottle of Rao's Sicilian Eggplant sauce. Served over garganelli and topped with freshly grated parmagianp reggiano, it was good with a still slightly tannic 1997 Luna 'Canto', 34% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 30% sangiovese, 3% syrah, from Napa Valley. The Canto was noticibly tannic without the pasta dish. With the pasta and the slight saltiness of the guanciale, the cab/merlot herbal notes and the tannins were much mitigated, it was dark in color; herbal, dark fruit nose and flavors, until with the tomato, eggplant, & guanciale, it shifted to an earthy dark fruit; mid-palate was tannic unless following a bite of pasta, there was just enough acidity to help with the tomatoes and eggplant; finish was medium, shortened by the tannins, whether they raked the palate or not. Overall I think I enjoyed the Canto a bit more than Carollee.
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dick

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Re: Garganelli with Eggplant & Guanciale Sauce and Luna Canto

#2 Post by Mark.Ricca » February 15th, 2009, 4:33 am

Nice note Dick.
I love Guanciale. Is there anything Italians can't do with a pig?
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Re: Garganelli with Eggplant & Guanciale Sauce and Luna Canto

#3 Post by Dick Krueger » February 15th, 2009, 10:02 am

I have never seen a whole pig's head Italian-style. But I have had an Old English-style pig's head for a Twelfth Night party at a friend's house many years ago.
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