Monday, January 16, 2012

2010 Garnet Chardonnay

Had a wonderful dinner tonight featuring the 2010 Garnet Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast. The wine is a beautiful rendition of a nicely balanced California Chardonnay. There's some lemon peel, pear and smoke on the nose. Bit of butter in there, too, but it's relegated to a supporting role. Love the palate with its creamy flavors, exotic nutmeg and Asian spice notes and zippy acidity. But the real star here is the unctuous, oily texture that really coats the mouth and lingers. Really over-delivers for a wine of such modest pedigree and price. About $15.

Beautifully-grilled salmon filet rubbed with a homemade lemon pepper seasoning and topped with a lemon-basil compound butter. It was accompanied by pecan wild rice made with a decadent fresh duck stock. Oh, yum!

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