New Wine: Cesari Jema 2005
The Corvina grapes create the essence of the majestic Cesari Jèma 2005. This dry still red wine is produced in the Valpolicella Classico region of Veneto, Italy. Tart berries intertwine with cocoa, and coffee. The taste is full, textured and provocative. The limited edition production wine is packaged in six-bottle wooden cases.
I tasted Jema, and several other Cesari wines at the U.S debut with winemaker Deborah Cesari at Osteria del Circo in New York City. The menu was fritto misto, risotto with seasonal wild mushrooms and shaved parmigiano-reggiano. Jema is ideally paired with aged cheese and risottos, food common to the region.
For the main course we were served grilled lamb chop au jus with roasted winter root vegetables paired with Cesari Il Boseo Amarone DOC 2000 — an experience of note. 2000 was a very good year and the more veteran critics were enchanted by the complexities of this lush, impeccably balanced wine. Cesari is distributed by Opici Wines.