Today was leftover day, leftover prime rib, baked potatoes and pumpkin pie for dessert. Today though for the wine I chose a Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon, one of the bottles I received from my coworkers. I was interested to compare the Pinot and Prime Rib to the Cab and Prime Rib combination we had last night.
The wine, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Estate Pinot Noir, 2013 vintage had an alcohol content of 13.4%. The wine was a lighter color of red in the glass, and more translucent. The wine smelled of plums and berries with a hint of alcohol. The wine was dry and light as I swirled it around. I could taste blackberries and cherries as I swished and swallowed the wine.
One thing I found very interesting on the bottle was a technical section on the label. There was a description of the grape clones, the soil type, barrel regimen, how many barrels produced, harvest dates, brix at harvest and peak drinkability dates. That was the first time I had seen all of this information on a wine label before. I guess I need to up my standards a bit more.
The leftover Prime Rib and the Pinot Noir combination worked okay, I think the bigger heavier Cabernet was a better pairing, but the Pinot Noir was tasty enough that it didn’t matter that it wasn’t “The Perfect Pairing”. The wine was a very nice red wine, one that I think would go very well with turkey, chicken and pizza. Yes, pizza.
The holidays are a time of friends and family, shopping and presents, food and beverages, adult beverages to be more precise. To be even more precise, wine, and if you are lucky, many bottles of wine. I have been lucky, I have six new bottles of wine to taste, four that came in a wine basket loaded with all kinds of goodies and two that came from my favorite coworkers. They are not my favorites because they gave me wine, but it helps.
This year we are nineteen hundred miles from my family and friends so Christmas dinner consisted of just Mitch and me, and not even on Christmas day. Mitch had to work on Christmas so today, the day after Christmas was our holiday dinner.
The dinner menu was:
Prime Rib w/ au jus and horseradish cream
Baked Potatoes w/ butter and sour cream
Italian Green Beans
Pumpkin Pie w/ whipped cream
The wine I chose to complement the Prime Rib was a bottle from the gift basket my wonderful friend sent us, Talaria Vineyards, a Dry Creek Valley, California Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. It had 14.5% alcohol content and was a dark reddish almost purple color in the glass. We decanted the wine, but poured a taste in each glass prior to decanting to compare.
The wine before decanting had a high alcohol smell, smoky and a hint of blackberry. After decanting the wine opened up a lot. There was no alcohol smell when I stuck my nose in the glass. I swirled the wine and took a sip, gone was the woody smoky taste and more blackberries emerged as I chewed. The wine was dry and grabbed the sides of my tongue, leaving a full finish.
The wine went very well with the prime rib, the wine and meat melded together for a very nice holiday dinner. Even though it was just the two of us this year, it was still a special holiday dinner, maybe more so.
December is here and the holiday rush has me running around on the hunt for the perfect Christmas presents for my family and friends. With almost all of our friends and all of our family in the Midwest, I will be making the UPS man very tired. All this rushing around and stressing over the hunt for the perfect gifts, means I will be drinking more wine. I know, it’s a rough job, but somebody has to do it.
Speaking of drinking more wine, I opened a bottle of Rosé for dinner. I have to say I was very surprised with this wine. The wine was a Washington Rosé called Forbidden Rosé, from Columbia Valley, bottled and produced by Patterson Cellars, who are in Woodinville, Washington, just down the road from us. The wine was very affordable, under $15 a bottle and quite tasty. It had 13.5% alcohol content, not bad for a Rosé. In fact, the blend was the real surprise. The wine was a blend of 35% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Sangiovese and 3% Petit Verdot, quite a mixture wouldn’t you say?
The wine was a bright pinkish red in the glass, more red than pink. My first sip tasted like tart cherries almost like cherry pie. The wine was light and soft but had enough alcohol to give it a nice bite at the end. This was not a sweet wine and definitely had enough body to go well with the chicken I had cooked. I think this wine would go well with a spicier dish too. Something a bit hot and spicy, like fajitas or tacos for that matter.
You can find them at http://www.Pattersoncellars.com. I can tell you that this is a bottle I will definitely be buying again and since Patterson Cellars is just a short drive I think a road trip is in order. Who knows, maybe someone on my Christmas list may get a nice bottle of wine or two on their doorstep.