A wonderful weekend out here on the Left Coast. Highs in the upper 60's and sunny - no, there is no global warming, so go bury your head back in the sand.....
Uncorked a gift that I had received over the Holiday Season, a 2009 Goosecross Cellars State Lane Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark as night in the glass with just a faint purple hue. Inhaling the aromas coming from this one is just heaven. Dark spices and oak notes put to mind a dark night in the vineyards. The taste is heavenly too. Five years in the bottle has softened the tannins just enough to leave a bit of astringency, yet highlight the wonderful Cabernet fruit. So many Napa Valley Cabs are opened soon after bottling and have an overpowering tannin profile. Not this Cab.
The wine will go nicely with the grilled pork tenderloins and homemade ratatouille that I've whipped up for the evening. Just a bit of garlic salt and pepper on the tenderloin and basil and whole cloves of garlic for the ratatouille. Don't want to overpower the wine. A hint for those ratatouille lovers out there - use the whole peeled clove and after the roasting process smash it around a bit to spread the Vampire Resistance to the entire dish.
The Goosecross website -----> focused on the basics