A picture should be worth a thousand words…
Tonight I had visions of a great bottle of red wine with dinner, and it took (unfortunately) three bottles to reach that goal.
I picked up a couple of fantastic New York steaks at the market with some fresh green beans, I had the purple and red potatoes, with some fresh shallot at home already. I knew a great meat and potatoes dinner was in my future so diligently scoured the wine cellar for a worthy Cabernet to pair with my dinner.
First up: 2006 TR Pasalaqua Block 18 & 19 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek AVA, this beautiful wine we (the wife and I) found a few years back on a great wine tasting trip to Dry Creek, unfortunately this bottle (pictured in the way back) was corked, damn my eyes! I’ve been saving that bottle for some time!
Second: A gift from some friends, a Napa Valley Cab, 2007 Soquel, this and a bottle of nail polish remover would be likely misconstrued for each other…
And finally: And most importantly, refreshingly, an amazing recent production 2008 Darioush, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a big wine, definitely one of the Napa Cabs you read about in the rags, it’s big, bold, fruity and forward. It unabashedly pronounces itself to your palate and kicks your molars around. Huge mid-palate tannins assert control of your mouth and remind you of what a big bold Napa Cab is all about!
Anyhow, I seriously took pause at opening a 3rd bottle of wine tonight, but I’m very glad I made the final move that I did. This is a fantastic wine that can easily stand on its own, but has the stuff to pair up with a great steak, potatoes and green bean dinner.
That is all for now,
By the by, I really tried hard to give the Soquel a chance, the aldehyde was potent and I thought the magical powers of the Soiree might be able to blow out the funk, but alas, it can only work so much magic. It’s done a fine job with the big Napa Cab though!