Pairing wines with one Italy’s most famous recipes… Savory veal topped with sage leaves and prosciutto, Saltimbocca alla Romana is a classic dish of Italy’s capital that has found its way onto menus all over the country and the world.
One of the signature dishes that should not be missed when visiting the Eternal City, when Saltimbocca alla Romana and wine are perfectly paired, the flavors go from melt-in-your-mouth delicious to exquisite. But which wines go best with it? Sensorial Wine Analyst Luca Maroni recommends three fine lablels to choose from.
Saltimbocca alla Romana with a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
Amaranta Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Tenuta Ulisse
“The pulpy softness, the vivid acidic note, the chlorophyll-like fragrance of all Tenuta Ulisse wines is truly didactic. When oxidized in this way, the different varietal profiles of all the Abruzzo grapes shine, reaching by virtue of their purity and energy of emission, their supreme crystallinity of aroma, truly resplendent summits of fragrance.”
Amaranta Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, with its pure flavour of blackberry, is of minty persuasiveness, of fabulous soft-tannic souplesse. Few other red wines in the world flaunt olfactory notes in which the sweetness of the fruit, added to those of the sweet balsamic spices, and air of minty-vanilla, are able to be so interpenetrated and so seamlessly blended and balanced. At the base of such shining persuasiveness is a raw material of supreme concentration, an oenological transformation that has not altered or dispersed anything of its natural original splendor. This is a wine of integrity that is clean and untainted showcasing the splendor of its berry fruit, with a concentration and palatal balance that is sincerely exceptional.”
Saltimbocca alla Romana with a Petit Manseng
Petit Manseng Casale del Giglio
“A standard bearer of qualitative-quantitative excellence of Lazio wines is confirmed with Casale del Giglio. It displays a clean, dense and uncorrupted fruit that shines in varietal aroma. The richest and most powerful is the Petit Manseng.“
The second wine indicated by Luca Maroni for pairing with Saltimbocca alla Romana is a 100% Petit Manseng, bright straw yellow in color, with a very intense, aromatic and spicy bouquet. On the palate it is fresh, quite minerally, savory and displays an excellent structure.
Saltimbocca alla Romana with a Cesanese
Rubillo Cesanese Principe Pallavicini
“Another prestigious wine is the range from Principe Pallavicini. An overall organoleptic quality that is now of absolute excellence and at the top of the region. The Rubillo Cesanese with its blackberry, strawberry and raspberry notes are vividly deepening opening into wonderful fragrances of aroma.”
A ruby red color of excellent intensity with violet hues, Rubillo releases a pleasant bouquet with hints of ripe, slightly spicy fruitiness. It is a wine that is warm, soft, and enveloping on the palate with a great balance.