Fleming's Forty-Six Diamonds Features Ferragamo
Ferrragamo is synonymous internationally with fashionable footwear. Did you know that the family also makes great wine?
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar does. Each year the restaurant group partners with winemakers to create a private label wine called 46 Diamonds. Previous partners have included Mondavi, DuBoeuf, and Flora Springs, and this year it's Salvatore Ferragamo's Il Borro.
Salvatore visited Chicago as part of a whirlwind tour to promote the collaboration. His excitement was evident as he spoke of his winery, his wines, and why he chose that route over fashion. "It's my passion," he said, simply enough. His first wine - and his first hangover - memory was when he was 12 years old at his cousin's christening, and he's loved it ever since.
The wine that Fleming's is pouring is 50% Sangiovese, 25% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah. Like all of Il Borro's wines it's 100% estate grown.
"Blends have different emotions for me in the glass," he said. When asked to describe the flavor profile of this particular blend he said it gets ripe fruits and chocolate from the Merlot, herbaciousness from the Cab, spiciness from the Syrah, and floral notes from the Sangiovese.
I had the opportunity to taste it on two separate occasions, and I would say yes, yes, yes and yes. He attributes the quality of the wine in part to Il Borro's terroir, or land, and, with winemaker Nicolò D’Afflitto, to their commitment to capitalizing on its characteristics.
"We're producing something in conjunction with nature," he said. "Every year we get something different and that collaboration is very mystical."
Salvatore Ferragamo and Theresa Carter
You can try 46 Diamonds at both Chicago locations, or at any of the restaurant's 62 other spots around the country. In addition to this wine they also have 100 wines by the glass, wine flights, and a new small plates program that offers items like ahi tuna skewers and sliced filet mignon with shiitake risotto.