Saturday, July 18, 2009

Friday Night Splurge Wines

If you want to part with some of your hard-earned cash here's a couple of options. We sampled two wines that were worth lingering over. First, the 2007 Ch√Ęteau Boswell Russian River Valley Chardonnay, from the Dutton Ranch Morelli Vineyard. It was Kettle Corn. Kettle Corn and Lemon Icebox Pie, you know the kind with the graham cracker crust ...but dry. So rich you just want to take tiny sips and maybe nibble on a handful of Marcona almonds.

But before you even start with the Boswell, open up a Dominus from Napa Valley, decant it, and give it some time. We had the 2006 because, well, it's what we had. The '06 could really use some time to relax, but even with that in mind it is a luscious, heady waft of black raspberry and black cherry jam. The tannins were of the sweaters-on-the-teeth quality but that was offset by the richness of the fruit. We ran it through a Venturi aerator into the decanter first. Shook it around a while. But in retrospect I would have liked to let it set a spell. This wine is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. There's a reason Robert Parker gave this wine 96 points.

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