Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Seared Scallops and Two Older Whites
Tonight was my wife's 43rd birthday and she requested seared scallops over pureed cauliflower and a salad from the garden. We opened two older white wines that my father-in-law brought:
2004 Au Bon Climat Hildegard Estate Bottled White Table Wine, Santa Maria Valley - A new wine to me. Over the years I've had a number of Pinot Noirs and other white wines from ABC, but I've never had their top-of-the-line blend of Pinot Gris (73%), Pinot Blanc (23%) and Aligote (4%). Amazingly youthful color. I defy anyone to look at this in the glass and guess "8 year old Pinot Gris." Beautiful lemon oil and roasted peanut notes on the nose. Deliciously oily palate with nice mineral flavors. Normally $40, purchased on closeout for $9.99. Really hitting its stride about now.
2006 Cuvaison ATS Selection Chardonnay, Carneros - Thanks to my father-in-law I've had multiple vintages of this, Cuvaison's top Chardonnay bottling. But I don't recall one ever being this balanced and restrained. Beautiful color shows no sign of age. Light tropical, pineapple, buttery nose lets you now this is a California Chardonnay. Subtle hint of fennel bulb adds unexpected complexity. Rich and creamy on the palate, but there's plenty of acidity here to carry the full-bodied, toasty oak notes. Bit of burned matchstick on the bitter finish. Not terribly complex, but a wonderful pairing with the food. $55 on release ($40 to club members).